How do you handle success?
It's a question that will swirl around James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, on two important levels. The film, itself, has to find a way to step out of the massive shadow cast by the first film, a critical and financial sensation that far out-performed expectations and raised the bar for what Marvel Studios could do with less-than-mainstream characters. But the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will also address how a team handles success, as Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and their misfit team will learn how the galaxy views them after they triumphed over Ronan (Lee Pace) and the forces of Thanos.
While visiting the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the fifteenth chapter in the expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talked with us about how the events of the first film shape the team dynamic at the start of the sequel. He said:
With the sequel taking place shortly after the culmination of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, our heroes haven't had all that much time to grow. But we spent our day on the Atlanta set of James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trying to soak up as much information as we could about each member of the team, and here are the key things we learned:
Peter Quill Might Be More Of An Asshole
Humility wasn't Star-Lord's strongest character trait. Part of the reason why audiences embraced Chris Pratt's turn as Peter Quill in the original Guardians of the Galaxy was because his cocky attitude and inflated ego gave his humor a welcome edge. Don't look for that to slow down now that Quill has saved the day, at least once. Says Feige:
But Star-Lord's ego -- pun, intended -- isn't going to get so inflated that he loses sight of the role that he has inherited at the end of the first movie. Chris Pratt spoke with us on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and explained:
How do the rest of his teammates feel? Read on to find out.