New ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ trailer showcases the expanding cast

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Lauren Sanchez

The long-awaited trailer for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” finally arrived Feb. 28, and it’s better than anything Marvel fans could have asked for. After nothing but teaser trailers, a full length trailer is the answer to our prayers with a better look at the returning characters, the antagonists, and the new characters we will soon be introduced to once the film premiers May 5 of this year.

The villain in this film is a character from the comics named Ayesha, she is the woman painted in gold that we see throughout the trailer. Despite her clear hostility towards the Guardians, we also see in the trailer the Guardians looking rather comfortable on her planet when we get a shot of Peter and Gamora dancing together on some sort of balcony. James Gunn confirmed that the planet is in fact Ayesha’s, perhaps after studying the Guardians and how they interact with each other, she sees that they too must be “purified” and decides to target them. As Ayesha states in the beginning of the trailer, her and her people’s roles in the galaxy are to cleanse it of weaknesses which the Guardians obviously have.

Other than the main Guardians from the last film, we get a peek at Nebula and Yondu joining the fray once more. Nebula appears to be brought to the Guardians as Ayesha’s prisoner, and later joins them, possibly to aid them in destroying Ayesha and her people. Gunn revealed after the announcement of the film in 2016 that Yondu and the Ravagers would be returning to settle a score with Rocket, which explains why he’s featured in the film, but not why he joins the Guardians.

Also new to the roster is Mantis, who is also known from her earlier comics as “The Celestial Madonna.” Her story is convoluted and straightening it out would be like trying to straighten out a bowl of spaghetti, especially since her original creator left Marvel for DC after her creation. It is possible she will serve as “the mom friend” of the group considering her ability to know someone’s feelings through touch, but she is also proficient with martial arts, meaning she will be able to engage in combat.

Lastly, we are introduced to Kurt Russell’s character, Peter Quill’s father. In the comics, Peter’s father is J’son, an emperor of the planet Spartax, who despite being Peter’s father, is one of the antagonists the Guardians face in the comics. However, Gunn revealed that Peter’s father will be Ego, the Living Planet. So that you don’t question how a planet was able to reproduce with Meredith Quill, it’s best to say now that Ego can take many forms, including a human form.

While it is disappointing for Gunn to stray away from the comic canon, it will also be interesting to see how Ego fits into the film, along with Yondu, Nebula and Mantis. Other than meeting the new characters, it’s safe to say fans are more than ready to see their favorite Guardians on screen again, from Peter’s dance off skills, to Groots’ wonderful way with words.