At San Diego Comic-Con International 2017, Michael Rooker (Yondu Udonta) explained to Cinema Blend how he interprets Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘s ending:
Whenever there is a death, it’s not happy. I dunno if it could be happy. It’s not just melancholy, this is like big time grief going on. People who are the survivors of that are left [reeling]. The grief lasts forever, it never really goes away. You just learn to cope with it in life.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the 3rd film in Phase Three and has been playing in the United States since 5th May 2017.