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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 review

Guardians of the GalaxyHey, guys, Professor Bill of Comic Book University, and what kind of professor of comics would I be if I didn’t see Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (GotGv2)? Here are my thoughts.

First off, if you haven’t seen the film, please remember to stay until the very end because there are five end-credits scenes throughout the closing credits. It should be easy to stick around because they are the most entertaining credits I’ve ever seen, and I’m including the end credits from movies like the “Naked Gun” films and “Hot Shots part Duex” with the recipe for brownies.

If you did see the movie but you didn’t wait until the end of the film, well, you didn’t get your money’s worth.

This movie, as a stand-alone, was great! It followed a similar formula with the first film but it was nowhere near “cookie-cutter” level; there were major differences. There was no Ronan the Accuser or Thanos in the background. In fact, it was a very humanizing movie.

That’s where we look at this film in conjunction with the first. This film was wonderful as a sequel; however, I see it more as a continuation of the first. There’s no need for a timeframe between movies, there’s no real need to connect it with the rest of the Marvel Universe. These two movies can be viewed back-to-back, and the feeling is exhilaration with questions answered and riddles solved.

The obvious reference is the parentage of Star-Lord, Peter Quill. If you saw a single trailer, then you know “Ego” is his father. What his father really is, has been known to comic book fans and professors alike. But how they changed Ego’s origin was more shocking.

But while this is the lead story, there are side stories going on as well that are equally as entertaining. We get to see the sibling rivalry between Gamora and Nebula resolve (we think) and we learn more about Drax than we ever wanted to (like his most sensitive body part and stories of his parent’s copulation).

Mostly, we get to learn a lot more about the relationship between Peter and Yondu, which was the most satisfying story of all and led to the film’s conclusion. More than this, we followed this story through Rocket, which made even the most serious parts of the movie just a little better because the sad stuff had a touch of humor.

And once that humor stops for a moment, then you really get to feel the full weight of the story hit you. And if Cat Stevens doesn’t hit you in the proverbial “feels,” then you might want to check your pulse, because you might be a warforged.

Also, fun fact, the second end-credits scene where the larger Ravagers faction is gathering, you may wonder about that robot head who says, “I missed you guys so much!” That’s Mainframe, and she’s voiced by Miley Cyrus. Have fun with that.

Guys, feel free to discuss spoilers with me in the comments. I’m happy to explain any question you have (or theory) about the film.

Professor Bill
Comic Book University

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3 Comments

  • Dave Friant
    May 8, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    I was so sad I didn’t make it out to see the movie opening weekend. Looking forward to getting out to the movies this coming weekend.

      • Le Voyeur
        May 12, 2017 at 4:20 pm

        I finally got to see it and wasn’t disappointed. There may of been a few dry moments in the theater where we all understood…his name is Tazerface….but I think it did a great job of really opening up more for the GotG realm. I got a really big Empire Strikes Back vibe from it.

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