This weekend, Marvel released its most recent cinematic adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Racking in an estimated $145 million, domestically, it’s proving to be more successful than its predecessor. Regardless of its financial success and critical praise, there are a few things you need to know if you plan on smoking, before or during. FYI, I did my best to avoid any major reveals, so be forewarned as this may have some unintentional spoilers. Here we go…
So. Many. Characters.
Something Marvel’s become infamous for is shoving a lot of characters down ours throats at once. The original cinematic team was already pretty sizable. You had Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot. In the sequel, we get our original crew back but now alongside Rondu, Mantis, and Nebula. BUT on top of that you have to expect your Stan Lee cameo, your Howard the Duck anecdotes and now Sylvester Stallone. I had heard he was going to make an appearance but he kind of came out of nowhere. Of course it was great to see him added into the MCU but the guy needs to enunciate. In a world packed with superheroes, gold people, aliens and monsters the last thing I needed was to try to decode whatever this guy was saying. Stallone, you speak English, so…speak English! In other words try to keep up. Guardians requires your complete attention. It’s not review session for your final but it’s up there.
As I write this article I’m listening to the soundtrack on Spotify. It’s truly something special. I’m a big believer that music can make or break a movie, so, to me, the Guardians movies have become the stuff of legends. An original soundtrack is always welcomed but Marvel has found something that really clicks with this franchise. Not only are people looking forward to seeing heroes like raccoons and trees, they’re also on the edge of their seats to see what classic songs were added to the series. I love the subreddit r/marvelstudios but in the recent weeks I had to stay away, not because I was afraid of spoilers about the story but because I didn’t want anyone to give away the soundtrack. If you’re anything like me and you grew up on the combo of weed and classic rock, this soundtrack is enough to throw you into a nostalgic trance. It’s not often we see action paired with music so powerful that the characters are singing along.
Keeping in mind the characters and music, we also get special effects that I’m almost positive you’ve never seen before. In Ant-Man and Doctor Strange we were introduced to Marvel’s take on the microverse and multiverse, respectively. In order to get the right feel and visual, Marvel chose to implement what most would relate to being a very bad trip. I won’t get too into it, but at some point in the movie Rondu and Rocket take a trip together, like this isn’t just some normal space travel, like it gets weird. At one point, the following images may make more sense…
Weird, I know. Just get ready for that.
These are just a few things to look out for while you watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Enjoy, toke up, grab some snacks and allow this movie to just happen. It’s not just another sequel; it’s stronger than that. But if you’re as loyal of a fan as me you’ll probably go to see anything with your favorite characters in it. Because of that studios will keep cranking out movies until every conceivable story has been told. I personally can’t wait for The Avengers movie where they’re all staying in a nursing home, facing their toughest enemy yet, dementia. I’m calling it now, at one point in the movie Bruce Banner will go full Hulk after burning the roof of his mouth with soup. I’d pay to see that.
Editor’s note: Other things to look forward to (or nah depending on what you’re into) include 5 bonus endings, a deeper look into Quill’s genealogy, and more romantic developments between Quill and Gamora.