Marvel Studios is rapidly approaching the start to their 2017 Marvel Cinematic Universe slate. For the first time in the nine year run of the MCU, they are expanding from two films a year to three. Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok are both coming in the second half of the year, but it is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that will kick off the frame for the studio. Marvel is looking for James Gunn's ragtag group of "heroes" to build on the success of the first Guardians film, and by the looks of the marketing (specifically the use and love for Baby Groot) they should be well on their way.
Still, the real determination will come when the movie hits theaters in May, but excitement is already building for the sequel and by all accounts should be a bigger hit than before. The sequel will bring back the original cast, but also see a number of new additions and enhanced roles for others. Now, a new look at the movie has arrived during Super Bowl LI.
Marvel released a new look at the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel during the big game to make it known to general audiences that the Guardians are back. Not only is the usual team together, but this trailer finally brings Yondu, Nebula, and Mantis into the fold. Plus, it features the first look at the villain, Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki). Check out the trailer out, above!
One of the biggest takeaways from the trailer is the first look at Ayesha, a character who has been shrouded in secrecy so far. Not only is her individual character revealed, but also a glimpse at her Sovereign race and city as well. Based on previous marketing, Ayesha and the Sovereign hire the Guardians' services to stop the Abelisk - the giant squid alien shown in this spot as well. With Ayesha said to be the villain of the entire film however, it is unclear how her role will transition to villainy at this point.
That said, there is no doubt that Marvel is confident in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Not only did they spend the money to promote it during the Super Bowl, but once again they decide to not reveal much of the plot. They are instead putting the Guardians themselves front and center, knowing that audiences thoroughly enjoyed themselves in the first movie with those characters. The humor is there, especially between Rocket and Baby Groot.
Source: Marvel Studios
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017