It's almost hard to believe it, but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is nearly upon us. Because the highly anticipated sequel will feature the motley crew of intergalactic heroes reunited and functioning as a cohesive unit... ish. But despite the film's rapidly approaching release date, the majority of Guardians 2's plot is still very much a mystery. Part of this is the selective use of clips in the trailer, the majority of which focus on on the opening battle with an alien creature called the Abilisk.
Oh, Drax. While his strategy seems to make a sense from a beginner's standpoint, Drax apparently didn't do quite enough research about the Abilisk before attempting to disembowel it from the inside out. While many creatures' skin is much softer from the inside, the Abilisk ain't that kind of monster. It's just as strong inside, so Drax's dual knives aren't going to do much but tickle the creature.
Luckily for the Destroyer, he's got a ragtag group of friends who are willing to save his ass when making these types of lapses in judgement. Gamora, Star-Lord, and Rocket Raccoon quickly assemble in order to make a plan to rescue Drax from the monster's body. It's going to take Rocket's distraction and strategic flying to angle the monster just right, so Star-Lord may be able to pierce its neck and hopefully kill the thing once and for all.
While we've seen small bits from this opening battle before, there has been a major difference: the Abilisk actually looks quite different than it did originally. In the film's previous trailer, you see Drax once again jumping into the monster's mouth. Except the monster has very different features than what showed up in the above official clip. I mean, just look at this thing.
While the Abilisk might not look all that different on first glance, there are quite a few differences. The early version appeared to be a much smaller creature, compared to the giant alien we see the Guardians battling in the new clip. And while both versions contain a horrifying mouth filled with layers of teeth, the exact location of its eyes, and skin color have changed.
As a reference, here's the updated one.
See the difference?
You'll be able to see the new Abilisk, as well as whatever other changes James Gunn and company have made, when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives in theaters on May 5, 2017. Be sure to check out our full 2017 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
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