People have come to expect big things from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There's already quite a bit riding on next summer's big entries. However, Chris Pratt has apparently decided he needed to up the stakes. He's now claiming that next year's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 isn't just going to be a good movie, it's going to be huge. One of the biggest movies ever made.
The "biggest spectacle movie of all time," and that's without hyperbole. We'd hate to hear what he thinks when he's exaggerating. It's quite a statement, to say the least. The first Guardians of the Galaxy was a fairly big spectacle, but part of the reason it was such a huge hit was that nobody was expecting it. Guardians was far from the most popular comic in Marvel's collection. Many had never heard of it, and few comic fans would have listed it among their favorites. When the movie hit it seemingly came out of nowhere.
You only get that benefit once. Following Guardians of the Galaxy's meteoric success, the sequel will be expected to be something special. For what it's worth, Chris Pratt says the new movie will deliver everything fans are expecting, and apparently quite a bit more than that. We're hesitant to go into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with our expectations too high, yet Star-Lord himself is telling the Toronto Sun that it's going to be ok.
Although, we certainly have to say, based on what we know, the spectacle level of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is certainly sounding pretty high. Kurt Russell is playing Ego the Living Planet. Sylvester Stallone has a role. Mantis is joining the team. Groot is going to be a wild little baby version of himself with Vin Diesel apparently doing high-pitched renditions of "I am Groot."
James Gunn has been something of an outlier in the MCU up to this point. The Guardians of the Galaxy haven't needed to interact with any other aspects of the MCU to date, so the characters have been Gunn's personal toy chest, allowing him to go off in directions with them that we're not sure other parts of the franchise would be allowed to do.
It also helps that one's definition of "spectacle" certainly can be left up to interpretation. It's something of a vague term, to be honest. What do you think the biggest spectacle movie of all time is currently? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and tell us if you think Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has a shot at surpassing it.