The original Guardians of the Galaxy was sleek, inventive science fiction that broke classic Marvel Entertainment conventions and delivered a Dirty Dozen tale of lovable misfits. Although the sequel never quite achieved the high points of the previous entry, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 provided an exciting action spectacle that built upon the impeccably developed characters of the first.
Like most Marvel films, it was met with critical and fan acclaim, and it managed to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe even further. We were introduced to a myriad of new characters, including Ego (Starlord’s father), Mantis (his servant), and we were also given more backstory and motivation for the characters we had grown to love in the first film. The film also managed to deliver an impactful story while forgoing the usual three-part narrative structure that superhero films are famous for. It also supplied us with yet another impressive soundtrack that helped to move the plot and characters forward.
However, not every film is perfect, and sometimes disposition or actions that take place within them have their own logical flaws. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had its own fair share of problems, so here are 15 Things That Don’t Make Sense About Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2.
15 Groot’s Language Development
Groot is everybody’s favorite sentient tree that sacrificed himself at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy to save the entire team. At the end of the movie it was revealed that Groot wasn’t quite as dead as he let on when we saw him dancing in the credits sequence.
In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Groot returns as Baby Groot, who shines as a stand-out character, and he really gives the film the fun energy that it needs. One aspect of Groot’s character doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense, though, is his language development, which seems entirely backwards.
Throughout the film, Groot is able to communicate exactly what he wants done through Rocket, much like he did in the previous film, but he cannot fully retain any information that he's given. Basic language development tells us that language retention and understanding comes before verbalized and thought-out speech. Then again, Groot was never much for following orders.
14 Peter Is More Familiar With David Hasselhoff Than Kurt Russell
So this is more of a humorous entry on this list, but it sticks out regardless. In basically every film, save for the ones that manage to break the fourth wall, (Deadpool, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) it doesn’t make much sense to have actual famous people make cameos when famous actors are portraying characters.
And sure, everyone loves Knight Rider and everyone can recognize “The Hoff”, but in a movie like Guardians of the Galaxy, which is obsessed with '80s nostalgia, it seems odd that Kurt Russell could go unnoticed. There's no reaction from Peter that his father looks exactly like '80s movie superstar Kurt Russell. The movie contains and references actual songs from the real world, but Big Trouble in Little China, The Thing, and Escape From New York are absent. That’s a universe nobody wants to live in.
In the end, you’re trading Kurt Russell for intergalactic superheroes, but that’s a decision that’s better left for the Celestials.
13 Nebula Escaping Through The Windshield Of Her Ship
Nebula has some anger management issues that she should probably see a specialist about. The film completely justifies this anger when diving into her past with her sister, Gamora, and her monstrous father, Thanos. After she stops Taserface from decimating Rocket, Yondu, and Groot, she is given a ship by Kraglin and states that she will not stop until both her sister and her father pay for what they had done.
Nebula soon confronts Gamora on Ego’s planet and the two have a pretty spectacular fight that ends with Nebula crashing her ship and being pummelled by a barrage of rockets coming from a rocket launcher that Gamora handles after it is ripped from Nebula’s ship. The ship then explodes and Gamora is shown saving her sister as she holds to a cliff for dear life.
It’s not exactly clear how Nebula ended up getting through the windshield of her ship, and taking into account the fact a rocket launcher couldn’t burst the glass, it seems pretty impossible that she managed to just kick it open.
12 Ego Ages Even Though He Is A Manifestation
After countless eons of learning more and more about the universe, Ego the Living Planet decides that he needs more out of his existence. He then chooses to create a biological form and travel the universe in search of understanding. However, Ego’s biological form is just a materialization of his being; his true entity is the core of his own planet.
The film opens with a flashback to Ego and Peter’s mother, traveling to Dairy Queen while listening to “Brandy” by Looking Glass. Marvel continues to use their impressive anti-aging CGI to make Kurt Russell look like a young man,but when we’re introduced to him later in the movie, he has clearly aged. A manifestation aging makes little sense, and the film never cares to explain exactly why this is the case.
11 Why Wasn’t Yondu Honest With Starhawk
Yondu is a pretty conniving character, but he’s also able to show his compassionate nature, especially towards Peter Quill. We find out through Sylvester Stallone’s character, Starhawk, that Yondu was maligned by the Ravagers after he broke their one rule; they don’t deal in children.
We find out throughout Vol. 2 that Yondu developed an attachment to Peter, and never actually followed through on his half of the bargain with Ego, and instead kept Peter around to protect him. Having made this decision, Yondu should have come clean to Starhawk and admitted exactly what it was he was up to, instead of keeping quiet on the whole situation. It would have kept Yondu in the good graces of the Ravagers, and would have provided even more protection for Peter, if that’s what Yondu was ultimately worried about.
10 Ego Never Uses His True Potential
Towards the end of the film, after Ego’s true intentions are revealed, the Guardians attempt to stop him by attacking the core of the planet, where his consciousness resides. Ego is a being of immense power, and he is able to conjure up many different deterrents during this confrontation, but none of them are very impressive.
Throughout the battle, Ego creates a slow moving ball, some tentacles, and then Kurt Russell’s fists (the most powerful of the three) to attempt to stop Peter and the rest of the Guardians, but it seems like Ego would be able to muster up the mental energy to summon up something a little more dangerous and threatening. Nobody sums up this ability better than Tom Hardy’s character, Eames, in Christopher Nolan’s Inception, when he states, “you mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.”
9 The Sovereign’s Grudge Against The Guardians
The Sovereign are a race of organisms introduced in the beginning of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and they are highly advanced, genetically engineered, super-intelligent beings. The Sovereign end up becoming pseudo-villains throughout the course of the movie as they hold one of the most ill-conceived grudges in all superhero film history.
They become consumed with chasing down and eliminating the Guardians because they stole some of their super batteries. The Sovereign are presented as calm and evolved beings, yet they risk their resources, time, and reputation by chasing down the team that just so happened to save the entire galaxy.
The Sovereign really weren’t needed in this film, and their presence seems to be a pretty significant waste of time, plot wise. The movie probably would have been better off focusing a little bit more on building up Ego’s relationship with Peter, or just giving us some more Baby Groot.
8 Why Does Ego Model Himself After Humans?
Science has come a very long way in the real world, but we’re still light-years behind the cosmic understanding of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We’ve been introduced to gods, aliens, and monsters of infinite variety. Throughout Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, we’re introduced to a multitude of creatures, each one more strange and intriguing as the last.
Despite all that, Kurt Russell’s character, Ego the Living Planet just so happened to model his biological manifestation after the human race. This is a cosmic being with all the understanding one could ever want or need, but he chose to look exactly like us.
It could be argued that he chose this form to get close to Peter and his mother, but during the (very Man of Steel inspired) scene where Ego explains his journey to Peter, his human form is shown interacting with every cosmic race he encountered. Although if a person were given the ability to look like any possible entity in the universe, Kurt Russell is a pretty kickass choice.
7 The way the film treats Thanos
This entry is going to strictly deal with Thanos and his daughters, which seems to be getting more and more complicated, and confusing, as these films go on. For starters, Nebula was continually beaten by Gamora when they were children. Then she comes back to fight her and still doesn’t ultimately win, yet she thinks she can destroy her father (one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Cinematic Universe).
Speaking of her all-powerful daddy, Thanos doesn’t show up in any of the 5 post credit scenes for the film, which is undeniably weird. Thanos is a huge part of the Guardians comic lore, and is directly referenced throughout the film, but he fails to show up even in the post-credits.
Of course, Marvel has received flack for showing the character over and over again in the past, but an impactful scene of him prepping for the impending battle would have felt relevant to Vol. 2-- and would've been pretty darn epic.
6 Ego Spontaneously Generates
In the film, Ego is described as a Celestial, which is an immortal consciousness that can use the matter around itself to form an entire planet. For starters, this isn’t even close to how planets are formed. This is the equivalent of saying, “I was nothing, then I was something, deal with it.”
For a long time, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was afraid to approach the intricacies of magic, but throwing away any sort of logic for a character’s origin feels a little lazy. Not to mention, any non-comic book movie attendee would have been utterly lost at the concept of a planet that built itself from its own being.
Ego is the type of character that sounds utterly genius until you actually take a second to think about his basic intentions and how he came to be.
5 Since When Did Anyone Care Enough About Yondu For A 20 Minute Fireworks Show?
The Guardians managed to save the galaxy in their first film outing, but in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that seems to be a pretty regular Tuesday afternoon. With that being said, the galaxy is aware of their accomplishments, but still doesn’t seem all too familiar with them as individuals.
Yondu managed to get a pretty heartfelt goodbye in this film, but the fact that he saved a man who he was never supposed to pick up in the first place hardly seems like a reason for the Ravagers to hold a (admittedly beautiful) light spectacle. Yondu saving Peter doesn’t seem like the kind of redemptive act that would make the Ravagers respect him any more, let alone travel to give him a proper funeral.
This screams of a scene that is trying far too hard to achieve a heartfelt moment with its audience, but it comes off as cheap. The audience is much closer to Yondu than the Ravagers were, and Peter’s speech was definitely enough to achieve the same feeling the filmmakers were going for.
4 Ego’s Plan Succeeding Doesn’t Keep Him From Being Alone
This is perhaps the most confusing motivation for a Marvel villain as of yet, which is saying quite a bit. Ego’s entire plan, which he referred to as “the expansion,” was supposed to keep him from being alone in the universe, and he was hoping it would give him understanding. But when you consider the fact that Ego succeeding would mean that every planet in the galaxy would be terraformed into an extension of himself, it really just adds up to Ego being the only entity left standing, save for some probable minions.
How this motivation actually made it into the film is baffling, and it’s unfortunate that Kurt Russell wasn’t properly usedhere, because the potential of Chris Pratt and Kurt Russell having a familial arc was very exciting.
3 Alternate Origin For Adam Warlock
It’s been known for a while to both fans of Marvel films and comics alike that Adam Warlock would be making an appearance soon. We briefly saw his cocoon in The Collector’s possession at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, but then in Vol. 2 saw his cocoon fully in the post credit scene involving Ayesha.
It seems that The Sovereign are ultimately going to be those to bring Adam to life, which is slightly different from the comic books. In the comics, Adam is created by a group of scientists referred to as The Enclave. The Enclave desire to create a benevolent world dictatorship under their own rule, and they create Adam Warlock as the supreme being in their new supreme race.
It’s not necessarily clear as to why James Gunn shied away from this material, as he’s pretty consistent with classic Marvel lore.
2 Why Didn’t The Guardians Wait For Yondu Just Outside The Planet
In the first Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter is able to save Gamora’s life when he gives her his oxygen, exposing himself to the cold vacuum of space. When they are finally pulled into the ship, it’s revealed that Peter was able to survive (probably due to his father), and we don’t have to say goodbye to Star-Lord in his first film.
At the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Yondu sacrifices himself to save Peter by basically recreating Peter and Gamora’s scene from the first film. The problem with this sacrificial scene is that he could have been saved by the rest of the Guardians.
If the Guardians had simply waited just outside of the stratosphere of the planet, they would have been able to pick both Peter and Yondu up before they were exposed to the harshness of space. Perhaps Yondu was never supposed to last past Vol. 2, but his death seemed like it definitely could have been prevented.
1 Expansion Plot Hole
This plot hole was actually unveiled pretty quickly after the film was shown to general audiences on May 5, 2017. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 takes place only three months after the events of the first Guardians film, meaning that it occurs somewhere around late 2014. In the final act of the film, Ego begins his expansion, and a giant blue mass of energy begins to spread across the planets.
It’s odd then, that this event was never mentioned by the other teams of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially seeing as the mass spread across Earth as well. Maybe Earth’s Mightiest Heroes were too busy grabbing Shawarma, and perhaps S.H.I.E.L.D was just too preoccupied with their “important” work. Hopefully, this incident will be referenced in later films; perhaps it could even be mentioned in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
So there you have it, the 15 Things That Don’t Make Sense About Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Let us know in the comments below if you’re able to think of any others!