It was only a matter of time until the How It Should Have Ended crew got their satirical hands on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The second installment of James Gunn's intergalactic MCU team-up was released earlier this year to critical and commercial acclaim and once again melded action and comedy with a cast of likeable characters - this time, including newcomers Mantis and Ego, as well as an expanded roles for Yondu. Gunn even thinks Michael Rooker should be an Oscar contender for his performance as Yondu, in particular.
For those unfamiliar with HISHE's output, the channel produces comedic animated parody videos of popular movies and television shows that highlight how quickly and easily the stories could be resolved if it weren't for plot holes, inconsistencies and generally flawed on-screen logic. Classic examples include mocking Jacob from Lost for waiting six seasons to find his replacement and pointing out how Logan could have been improved with some Les Miserables-style musical numbers. As the channel name implies, the videos are primarily concerned with how the chosen movie or TV shows ends, though the team often spoof scenes from across a film's runtime.
In the GOTG2 video (see above), good-natured jabs are made at how easy it should have been for Ego to avoid total defeat, the stupidity of the fodder Ravagers during Yondu's escape and how someone inviting you into their home and promptly taking a nap should be a big red flag. Parallels are also drawn between the masterplans of Ego and another famous big-screen father of the year contender, Darth Vader. As has become traditional, the spoof ends alongside Batman and Superman in a roadside cafe, with Ayesha promising to unleash something far worse than Adam Warlock on the Guardians.
Although entirely intended for comic effect, the HISHE videos do often contain some salient points woven throughout their gags and that proves true here as well. GOTG2 may have been largely well-received but was criticized by some for the handling of Ego and the CGI-heavy final confrontation in particular, which can perhaps be attributed to the MCU's supposed "villain problem." As such, it's perhaps no coincidence that many of the spoof's target scenes involve Kurt Russell's omnipotent baddie.
With that said, it's probably wiser to leave any serious analytical business to one side and enjoy the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 How It Should Have Ended video for the loving parody that it is. It's also worth sticking around to the very end of the video to see Yondu finally discover who Mary Poppins really is.
Source: How It Should Have Ended
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