There are no two ways about it: James Gunn's 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 was 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 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 would be out in 2017. Now it's 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. That's where we come in. Let's start by taking a look at what we've seen from the film so far by way of its first full trailer:
Below you'll find a compilation of every detail we know about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 so far, from the returning actors and filmmakers to the series newcomers we can expect to show up. Read on, and learn!
What Is The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Release Date?
Of the 10 movies that will be coming out in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be arriving third - following both Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange. The first movie to come out as part of Marvel Studios' first calendar year with three blockbusters, the James Gunn-directed sequel will be in theaters on May 5, 2017. The deep space story will kick things off for the year, and be followed by Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7, 2017) and Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok (November 3, 2017).
What Is The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Rating?
This is not going to blow anybody's minds. Despite the fact that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has not yet been fully assembled and brought before a ratings board, we can already guarantee you what the Marvel Studios film's rating is going to be: PG-13. How do we know this? Because every Marvel feature to this point has been rated PG-13, and it's been confirmed by the CEO of Disney that there are no plans to make an R-rated superhero title any time soon.
It's true that James Gunn's first few directorial efforts - including Slither and Super - were both blood-covered affairs that earned hard R-ratings, but we certainly don't expect that for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Even beyond the fact that Marvel has no interest in making R-rated movies, making the sequel only for audiences older than 18 would be a serious burn to the younger fans who fell in love with the first movie.
What Will Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Be About?
If you think back to the months before the release of the first Guardians of the Galaxy, you'll remember that not much was really revealed about the story. Sure, trailers established that Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot would be joining forces while in prison and that their adventure had something to do with a mysterious orb, but that was pretty much it. Such is the case for the sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
That being said, various interviews with those involved with the production have offered some hints regarding when the story picks up and the themes of his upcoming film, and they're quite interesting. Unlike most Marvel Studios sequels, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 won't use real time to caliber how much time has passed since the last movie, and instead will start approximately two months after the end of the 2014 hit. And while we don't know much about the plot other than the fact that it will see Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) reunited with his father (more on that later), we do know that James Gunn's script will hit on important subjects regarding family, where you come from, and how that affects who you are.