We Saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Here’s How Much Inspiration It Takes From the Comics
May 03, 2017
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a history of taking inspiration from the comics and transforming the storylines to suit how the universe has progressed since Iron Man flew onto screens in 2008. Whereas there are clear parallels between the comics and several of the MCU films, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 takes its own approach by folding in different villains that never clashed significantly with the likes of Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his team.
Before reading ahead, know that there are spoilers for the film!
In the comics, Peter Quill was born of Meredith Quill and J’son, the Emperor of the Spartoi Empire who have yet to make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As hinted at by the Nova Corps after Guardians of the Galaxy, Quill’s ancestry is something far older and more mysterious than they’ve ever encountered on Xandar.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 sets itself to answer the question posed by the first film: who exactly is Peter Quill and why was he taken from Earth by Yondu (Michael Rooker) and the Ravagers?
While the film isn’t as strong as the original, it’s still a solid entry in the MCU. Part of the challenges Guardians faced was integrating more elements of the Marvel Universe in the context of how the Cinematic Universe has progressed, which is why you’ll see Ego the Living Planet (Kurt Russel) as Quill’s father. Compared to J’son, Ego is a much more mythological figure as a Celestial aware of the Infinity Stones—and, by extension, Thanos’ plan to collect them.
The dramatic tension builds almost immediately after the opening fight scene: Ayesha of the Sovereign—a race bent on purifying the galaxy with their superiority—hired the Guardians to protect valuable batteries from an inter-dimensional monster in exchange for Nebula, Gamora’s sister who was defeated along with Ronan at the end of the first film. The movie makes it clear there’s a major mystery surrounding Ego after he makes his appearance saving the Guardians from the Sovereign after Rocket steals some of the batteries they were hired to protect.
Unlike the first Guardians where we knew from the get go that the goal was to keep the stone from Ronan or else he’d destroy the universe, there’s a slower build to the overarching saving-the-galaxy conflict in Guardians 2. Sparsed between plot relevant moments are a surprising number of scenes devoted to expanding the characters—while Peter, Rocket, and Yondu get their fair share of character development, the incredibly interesting sibling dynamic between Gamora and Nebula, along with Mantis’ introduction to the team, deserved more screen time.
As per the first film, Guardians’ strength comes from the stunning visuals and the incredible soundtrack paired to the film. It’s a fun addition to the MCU and a must see before going into Infinity Wars where the Celestials will no doubt play an even more important role with Thanos and the Infinity Stones taking center stage.
Starring Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Vin Diesel (Groot), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Michael Rooker (Yondu), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis) and Kurt Russel (Ego the Living Planet), Guardians of the Galaxy 2 premieres in theaters on May 5th, the day before Free Comic Book Day!
After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy 2, make sure you head to your local comic shop on Saturday, May 6 for Free Comic Book Day and pick up the All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1 available from Marvel Comics
FCBD 2017 ALL NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1
This comic is available on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday, May 6th.
First, blast off with Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Groot as they head for the stars and right into an all-new ongoing series! Creators Gerry Duggan, Aaron Kuder and Ive Svorcina bring you over-the-top action and out-of-this-world adventure as the stage is set for May's highly anticipated All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1! As this unlikely band of misfits returns to outer space once more, nothing will prepare them for their first run in with the new Nova Corps!
Then, head back down to Earth and the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen as the blockbuster creative team that brought you Civil War II, Invincible Iron Man and Ultimate Spider-Man bring you their next explosive epic in...The Defenders! Superstar creators Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez and Justin Ponsor unite Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist as they go head-to-head with the new criminal element in the Marvel Universe. What new player is running things in the underworld? Find out here with a 10-page tale that leads directly into The Defenders #1 this June! [TEEN]
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