Guardians Of The Galaxy 2: What We Know So Far

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There are no two ways about it: James Gunnís Guardians of the Galaxy turned out to be an absolutely massive hit. Not only did it earn some of the best reviews of 2014, it also turned out to be massively popular with movie-goers and a box office smash. With all of the buzz going into opening weekend, it was barely a surprise when Marvel Studios announced before the first film even opened that a Guardians of the Galaxy 2 would be out in 2017. Now itís easily one of our most anticipated future titles.

Marvel Studios is, of course, very good at keeping details about their in-development projects secret, but every so often a cool little bit of info sneaks out and tells us just a little bit more about the film. Thatís where we come in. Below youíll find a compilation of every detail we know about Guardians of the Galaxy 2 so far, from who we know is coming back to what new characters we can expect to show up. Read on, and learn!

James Gunn Guardians of the Galaxy
James Gunn
Prior to the first Guardians of the Galaxy, writer/director James Gunn never worked on a feature with a budget higher than $15 million, but any and all doubts about him as a blockbuster filmmaker were put to rest with movieís release. Throughout production, Gunn and Marvel got along famously, which is perhaps a big part of why he is coming back to both write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy 2. The news was made official at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 when the director paired up with star Chris Pratt on a video presentation to announce the projectís official release date: May 5, 2017. As the film moves through pre-production, he will surely keep hammering away at the script, getting it prepared for the start of filming in 2016.

Star-Lord Guardians of the Galaxy
Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord
Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord (played by Chris Pratt) was a womanizing, asshole thief when we first met him as an adult in Guardians of the Galaxy, but he undergoes an incredible arc in the movie that sees him really transform into a mature leader. As noted in Gamoraís final lines in the film, he is who the rest of the Guardians are now looking to for guidance as they go on further adventures. We can surely expect him to still have deep emotional ties to his dead mother Ė which will come out through Awesome Mix Vol. 2 Ė not to mention the fact that he will be on the hunt for the identity of his real father, who it turns out wasnít actually from Earth.

Gamora Guardians of the Galaxy
Gamora (played by Zoe Saldana) has certainly had it rough for her entire life, her parents being killed right in front of her by a psychotic alien who would wind up raising her as a daughter. But those dark days seem to be behind her. She has found a new family in Peter Quill, Rocket, Drax and Groot, and she is pursuing her happiness. Of course, just because she may be trying to leave the past in the past doesnít mean that her enemies will do the same. Thanos will be incredibly displeased that his "favorite" daughter has betrayed him to become a hero, and letís also not forget that the dangerous and extremely pissed off Nebula is still around and fighting. We wonít be surprised in the slightest if both come back to play key roles in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 as a result.

Groot Guardians of the Galaxy
He can only say three words (okay, five words), but still Groot, the alien tree voiced by Vin Diesel, was able to create some of the most emotional moments in Guardians of the Galaxy - one of them being his incredible self-sacrifice to save his friends in the third act. Aboard the Dark Aster with the rest of the Guardians as it was crashing down to the surface of Xandar, Groot grew and morphed to become a protective shell for his teammates in order to save themÖ and he was shattered into a million pieces as a result. The good news is that itís incredibly hard to kill a Groot thanks to their regenerative powers. At the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot is nothing more than a sapling who enjoys grooving to the sound of the Jackson 5, but by the time we see him in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 he may be full grown once again. At that time, he will once again be back in fighting shape to perform the tasks that his teammates physically canít.

Drax The Destroyer Guardians of the Galaxy
Drax The Destroyer
In bringing Drax the Destroyer to life in Guardians of the Galaxy, Dave Bautista not only provided the movie with some of its best laughs, but also many of its most dramatic moments. The hatred and rage that Drax felt towards Ronan was extremely powerful and palpable, and while it ultimately wasnít he who 100% directly killed his sworn foe (it was a team effort), he certainly got his revenge. The problem is that killing Ronan didnít give him the satisfaction he needed to get over the death of his wife and daughter (this is why revenge is no good, people!). Now the character has turned all of his attention towards Thanos, who he knows has been pulling the strings all along anyway. Will he succeed? Itís hard to say at this point, but the characters most certainly do have a history in the comics. Whether or not that will be Draxís main drive in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is up in the air right now, but James Gunn has at the very least promised that we will learn a bit about the alien warrior "that nobody knows."
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