Top 10 2010s Comic Book Films #6

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 takes everything that worked about Vol. 1 and amplifies it. Vol. 1 was an amusing space romp with larger-than-life characters and cool music, so Vol. 2 is even funnier but also explores deeper themes while developing its characters’ backstories.

Peter Quill’s relationship with his father, Ego, is an extended analogy for humanity’s relationship with God; discovering the love He must feel for all His children throughout the Universe but also His ability to justify being what mortals would think of as psychotic. Watching Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for the first time was an incredible experience for me, because I saw a big-budget mainstream blockbuster sci-fi film using its characters and concepts to delve into such big ideas.

Ego can justify what he did to Peter’s mother because she could die of old age in the blink of his eye anyway. His nature as a celestial and everyone else’s nature as mortals can’t be resolved – in other words, God and man will never truly be able to understand each other because of their fundamental differences. Ego killed Meredith Quill to spare them both pain but Peter will always be traumatised by it. All the major characters have suffered some sort of defining trauma in their pasts and Vol. 2 fleshes them out in more detail – from Gamora’s abusive upbringing under Thanos to Yondu, previously a supporting character, having grown-up in slavery. They’ve all been emotionally wounded by circumstance and that’s what brings them together as a family.

The reputation of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is that it’s derivative of Vol. 1 but with more jokes and action sequences but it’s not. It’s much more sophisticated than it receives credit for because – while it’s true that a lot of Vol. 1’s beats are revisited – there’s more happening beneath the surface. But it’s good that it’s beneath the surface because the general Marvel movie audience still get what they came for.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now streaming on Disney+

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” 13th weekend box office

Box Office Mojo has revealed that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘s 13th weekend has grossed $277201, coming in 20th for the 28th – 30th July 2017 weekend.

This is a 23% drop from weekend 12.

Since weekend 12, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was withdrawn from 37 cinemas, and is now playing at only 231.

On average, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is grossing $1200 per weekend.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘s domestic total so far is $387764608.

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.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” VFX supervisor interviewed by Rotoscopers

Recently, Rotoscopers‘ Angelo Thomas interviewed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘s Visual Effects Supervisor Chris Towsend. The interview revealed how some of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘s visual effects were created, and can be read here.

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.

Michael Rooker explains “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” ending

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.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” 12th weekend box office

The 21st – 23rd July 2017 weekend box office actuals are in (via Box Office Mojo), showing that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has grossed $364K domestically in its third weekend, bringing its total domestic gross to $387M (ranking it the 5th domestically highest-grossing Marvel Cinematic Universe film).

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.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” trailer #3

Jimmy Kimmel Live! has premiered the 3rd trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the best use of colour in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from cinematographer Henry Braham. Regarding the Kurt Russell reveal, James Gunn tweeted:

The yellow hue in that scene was the same colour as the portals from the scene featuring the squid thing, which probably means it’s the conclusion of an opening prologue (like how sequels often begin with the established characters in the middle of another, smaller mission).

That said, this doesn’t show anything else that previous trailers haven’t. Gunn also tweeted:

So this trailer seems to be a way of reminding people that the film is still coming, so for the people like me, who’ll be seeing it anyway, I can leave it because it doesn’t change how much anticipation I feel.

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Doctor Strange to link with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?

Emily Gaudette at Inverse has speculated that Doctor Strange will open a gateway for the Guardians of the Galaxy in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Gaudette’s theory begins with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 concept art released in Empire being described by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn as a “multi-dimensional” being. Following yesterday’s news that Doctor Strange‘s villain is allegedly the multi-dimensional Dormammu, Gaudette has connected that the Guardians of the Galaxy will be able to access multiple dimensions with assistance from Strange. Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy have never crossed-paths in the Marvel Comics Universe.

Doctor Strange opens 20th – 22nd October 2016 in New Zealand, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Strange. Strange first appeared in Strange Tales (1951) #110 and will next appear in Doctor Strange (2015) #11 on 31st August 2016. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens 28th – 30th April 2017 in the United Kingdom, starring Chris Pratt as Quill, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Michael Rooker as Yondu and Karen Gillan as Nebula. Quill first appeared in Thanos (2003) #8 and will next appear in Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) #11 on 31st August 2016. Gamora first appeared in Strange Tales (1973) #185 and will next appear in Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) #11 on 31st August 2016. Drax first appeared in Iron Man (1968) #55 and will next appear in Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) #11 on 31st August 2016. Groot first appeared in Anihilation: Conquest – Star Lord (2007) #1 and will next appear in Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) #11 on 31st August 2016. Rocket first appeared in Marvel Previews Vol 1 #7 and will next appear in Rocket Raccoon and Groot (2016) #8 and Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) #11 on 31st August 2016. Mantis first appeared in Avengers (1963) #112 and will next appear in Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) #11 on 31st August 2016. Yondu first appeared in Star-Lord (2015) #1. Nebula first appeared in Avengers (1953) #257. The Guardians of the Galaxy first appeared in Annihilation: Conquest (2006) #7 and will next appear in Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) #11 on 31st August 2016.