Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens on Friday, May 5th.

Are you excited? Of course you are. I know I am. Why wouldn't you be? The first one was a gigantic hit, and now Guardians of the Galaxy is one of Marvel's hottest and most loved franchises. Everybody is excited. Early reviews seem to love it. This is going to be huge. 

But it wasn't always like this...

Three years ago, no one expected this film to work. No one expected it to connect with audiences. I mean, one character is a talking raccoon, and another is a tree that only kind of talks. That's nonsense. People don't like nonsense. They like SVUs and NCISs, for christ sake. And once you get past the nonsense characters, the rest of them are the type of D-tier, deep-bench Marvel characters that only super nerds ever knew or cared about. They're the type of characters that can barely support their own book, when they have one, and then, not for long. Three years ago, after carefully building their brand, the first film was Marvel's big risk. Before the movie came out, I blogged all about it right here in a snarky, but amusing manner.

Then the movie came out, and well... here we are.

Being that it opens on Friday, we are now literally hip deep in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 promotional material and trailers. Hip deep, people! So, even though you've surely seen them all at this point, and are most likely well aware of everything surrounding this movie, I wanted to share my favorite trailer of the seemingly endless and relentless bunch that has come screaming at us over the past few months.

Let's watch...

You gotta love the use of "The Chain" in that trailer.

All right, so what else is there to say? From the first film, and the trailers for the new one, you probably have a good idea of what all of the razz-ma-tazz, high-flying, shoot 'em up, seat-of-your-pants action is going to be like. And, except for a maybe couple of new ones, you already know all of the characters, even without the help of this handy-dandy old blog post.

The first new character is Mantis. She is being played by Pom Klementieff. As far as I can tell, Pom has been in nothing that I have seen, especially the American version of Oldboy, because I EXTRA did not see that piece of shit.

Anyway, Mantis is one of those old, vaguely powered and kind of mysterious Marvel Comics characters that has been around forever (her first appearance was in June of 1973), but she never really found a niche, so she was used a lot of different ways, in a lot of different stories, and as a result, she now has an almost completely nonsensical history. I mean, for instance, she went from Asian cliche to Green Space Woman cliche at some point in the last four decades. I'm sure there's a story behind it, but... it's probably nonsense. In the end, she was ranked 99th in the Comics Buyer's Guide "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list, so at least she has that going for her.

She's also had her share of unfortunate looks...

Yep, that's just embarrassing for everyone involved.

So, when it comes to how they'll use this weird, random, old character in the movie...? Your guess, True Believer, is as good as mine. Although, I'm leaning toward "comically". 

As for Kurt Russel? Well, he's Star Lord's Dad, but other than that, we probably shouldn't get into it, as it is both super weird, and probably better as a surprise within the context of the film. Besides, it's Kurt Russel, what other information do you really need? He'll be awesome.

And that's that.

Friday is the day, kids. You're going, right? I certainly am. Maybe not Friday, but soon after that. Oh, wait... Also, there's this. It's awesome, because Nacho Vigalondo is awesome, and so is the movie Colossal, which is a film you definitely need to see, if you haven't already.

Go see both films, Colossal and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Do it.