Guardians of the Galaxy 2: villain revealed (kinda), new movie pics, Baby Groot toys and everything you need to know

Fast Facts: 

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 release date: April 28, 2017 (UK) / May 5, 2017 (US)
  • Director: James Gunn
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Kurt Russell, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Debicki, Sylvester Stallone
  • Writers: James Gunn

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2's release date is April 28 (US) and May 5 (UK)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 - the next movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - is due in a few months. End of April if you're in the US, start of May if you're in the UK. James Gunn is back in the Director's chair, and this sequel began filming back in 2016. It's pretty likely that the cast is finalised by now, and we can expect more trailers, information, and set-pics to come tumbling in over the next few months. In fact, there's plenty of information already out there, so we’ve gathered all the info up in one place to tell you everything we currently know about Quill, Drax, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and all the other delightful bits and pieces that make up Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 trailer is brilliant, but the Comic-Con trailer remains a secret

So, you've watched the latest trailer? Yes. The song you hear, in case you're wondering, is 'Fox on the Run' by Sweet. And the teaser? Yes. But you probably haven't seen the trailer that dropped at Comic-Con 2016? No. Ok, we'll describe that to you.

It opens on a strange planet where we see Quill, Gamora, and Drax getting ready for an attack. Some sort of portal opens up in the sky and tentacles come bursting through showing what looks like a giant squid-like creature. We’re then introduced to Elizabeth Debicki’s character Ayesha who hires the Guardians. After a few actions shots, we see Karen Gillan's Nebula presented to Gamora as a prisoner, and a super quick shot of Sylvester Stallone, before the Guardians are on the run. There are more actions shots, this time focusing on each member of the team and, finally, what looks like a giant glowing bean floats down from the sky and lands in front of the Guardians. That's Ego who announces "I’m your Dad, Peter". The Guardians then join Ego and his companion Mantis on his ship where he explains he created a body for himself, before everything ends on a dick joke: “Did you create a penis?” says Drax. 

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 cast has all your favorites

The full crew is back for the sequel, so Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista muscles in as Drax, Bradley Cooper will be voicing Rocket, and Vin Diesel reprises his ideally-suited speaking part as Groot. So far, so familiar.

It’s the stuff outside the main crew that is more interesting. Karen Gillen has been confirmed as Nebula, which means she's back for more after narrowly avoiding a sticky end at the climax of the original movie. Nebula will also have a much more expanded role according to teases from director James Gunn. Elizabeth Debicki is also playing Ayesha, a priestess who hires the team to fight an 'interdimensional creature'.

Michael Rooker has also been confirmed as Yondu, so Quill’s former partner will play a role somewhere. And with Yondu sporting a new, larger head-fin, in keeping with his Will he still be friends with the Guardians by the end of the movie? Hmm… seems unlikely it’ll be plain sailing. Meanwhile Chris Sullivan plays Taserface (yes, that's his name), who is the leader of the Ravagers. He has a burnt face, as you'd expect.

Also of note is Nathan Fillion, of Firefly fame, who has been cast as Wonder Man (real name, Simon Williams). Leaked pics show some fake movie posters with the fictional actor/stunt-man as the star. Kurt Russell is also on board playing Ego, The Living Planet. That name's pretty much sums up what he is although rumours heavily hint at this character being Star-Lord's father in the film continuity. 

The new trailer shows off Pom Klementieff as Mantis, one of the sexiest characters in the Marvel universe (apparently antennae is a thing for a lot of people...). Did you know that Matthew McConaughey was almost cast as the villain in Guardians 2? Speaking to Playboy he revealed that "I like Guardians of the Galaxy, but what I saw was 'It’s successful, and now we’ve got room to make a colorful part for another big-name actor'. I’d feel like an amendment." Perhaps we dodged a bullet here...

And, lastly, we know that Sylvester Stallone will be appearing in a mystery part. "It's not a huge role [but] it's a very, very key, important role", says Director Gunn".

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 plot is still up in the air

Details on the plot are scant, but all those involved agree that this will be a movie about ‘discovering the true parentage of Star-Lord (Peter Quill)’.  We know that Kurt Russell has joined the cast as Ego, The Living Planet, and to play Quill's father. Elizabeth Debicki is playing Ayesha, also known as Her, Paragon, or Kismet. Originally she was a godlike being created by a group of scientists called The Enclave who wanted to rule the world. The movie however seems to have her as "The golden High Priestess and the leader of the Sovereign people, who enlists help of the Guardians" to stop an interdimensional monster.

We do know how it's all going to start off, though, thanks to an interview with Sean Gunn, who plays Kraglin. He reveals that the second movie starts "a couple of months" after the first film, and that the Ravagers are yet to pursue Quill and his crew for double-crossing them with the Infinity Stone (again). "There's a little rumbling amongst the Ravagers, like, 'Where does Yondu's allegiance lay here? Is he going soft on Quill?'" says Gunn, talking to Comicbook.com. "So, the Ravagers have to make a decision of what they're gonna do about Yondu and I think Kraglin is a key part of that." Sounds like mutiny is on the cards...

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 soundtrack will have a new mixtape

No, we don’t know what they are, but according to James Gunn all the Mix Tape songs are already decided for Guardians 2, and written into the script. Will Quill get this tape from his daddy? Likely. Will it feature the recently departed David Bowie? Very, very likely - rumour has it Bowie was all set for a cameo before he sadly passed away. Will the music be awesome? Confirmed. The first trailer has 'Fox on the Run' by Sweet on it, so this song is likely to be in the final mixtape.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 poster is here. Want to see it? OF COURSE you do...

The poster has all your favs on there, and it's a tastefully done black and white image - a stark contrast to the actual movie, which is one of the most colorful you're likely to see in 2017. There's a definite air of parody to it - the word 'obviously' is a nod to the fact that everyone expected a sequel, long before it was announced. The cast are pulling serious, thoughtful poses because... well, it's a gentle mocking of other, more serious movies (even those in the MCU itself). Overall, great poster, would hang on wall.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2's cameos and guest star tie-ins are seriously interesting

Marvel loves to mix and match its characters within its own movies. 2018's Avengers: Infinity War will be one of the biggest collections of Marvel heroes ever committed to screen. Zoe Saldana has already confirmed that Gamora will appear in Avengers, but there's no news on other Guardians characters making the jump. We'd love to see Nebula follow her 'sister' over...

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence - who plays Mystique in the X-Men movies - has been saying that she'd love to see her shape-shifting mutant appear in Guardians of the Galaxy at some point. She even goes as far as saying "I would choose that over doing another X-Men movie." Stranger things have happened, but it won't be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 merchandise is already... OH GOD WE WANT THAT!

We've actually had our first look at the movie's villain via her Funko Pint Size Hero toy. Seriously, here's your first look at Ayesha (or Her, Kismet etc etc) below... 

We also know that there is a full range of Groot figures planned, including a life-sized Baby Groot and a dancing 'Baby Groot in a plant pot'. Naturally. These toys aren't due until April, when the movie is actually out, and there's no way of pre-ordering just yet. Prepare to want them, buy them, then wonder what you're going to do with a Baby Groot statue in your home.

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