Although the Marvel Cinematic Universe has recently spent quite a bit of time on Earth, there's still an entirely different world among the stars just waiting for further exploration. You know what that means: the Guardians of the Galaxy will soon make their way back to the silver screen. Despite our insane excitement for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, we still know very little about it. That said, James Gunn recently took to the web in order to explain the core conceit of the film, and it apparently revolves around the idea of family. Gunn explained:

And that's one of the things that this movie is about. The first movie was really about becoming a family. This movie is about being a family. And what's harder, becoming a family or being a family? I think it's being a family. That's where you really have to deal with each other. And that's what this movie is about. And their sisters. They are family, whether they like it or not. And they also want to kill each other, so it adds a new twist to being a sister.

Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn

Groot voice actor, Vin Diesel, recently posted a video to his personal Facebook account after director James Gunn showed him an extended clip from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. After a period of gushing about the awesome nature of the brand new Marvel movie, James Gunn went on to explain the film's thematic premise of family, and the maintenance of a familial unit. The first Guardians of the Galaxy showed audiences how a family comes together, but the sequel will lean heavily upon ideas of maintaining a family and keeping everyone together. As it turns out: bringing the Guardians together was the easy part.

Although the film will center upon the idea of the Guardians maintaining their family connection, the notion of family will also extend beyond the core ensemble. We already know that everyone has plenty of baggage; Drax (Dave Bautista) has lost his family, and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) has relationships with the villainous Thanos (Josh Brolin) and Nebula (Karen Gillan). However, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will expand on that family drama, and delve even deeper into the mystery of Peter Quill's (Chris Pratt) father, Ego the Living Planet -- portrayed in the movie by Kurt Russell. In a movie full of walking plants and talking raccoons, this will help keep everything relatable for the audience. After all, who doesn't have SOME family issues?

Check out Vin Diesel's entire Facebook post below:

Posted by Vin Diesel on Friday, September 2, 2016

CinemaBlend will bring you any and all relevant details pertaining to the upcoming release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as more information becomes available to us. If Vin Diesel's reaction is anything to go by, we won't want to miss it. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will blast its way into theaters next year on May 5, 2017. Stay tuned for more details!

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