Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 recently shared some casting news, along with a teaser picture of the Guardians themselves. Scheduled for May 5 release next year, 2017, production is now underway.

Writer and director James Gunn’s first film in the series was 2014 summer box office hit and was based on the Marvel comic of the same name. Chris Pratt is returning as Peter Quill, aka Starlord, a plain old human and somewhat tacky Marvel character, along with his band of misfit, alien friends. In the teaser picture that was released we even see that Groot, played by Vin Diesel, is back in a much smaller form but not the potted plant that he was left as in the first finale.

Attached to the picture’s release was news of new casting, including Kurt Russell who we’ll just assume is going to be playing the gruff, old man with crazy facial hair role that he’s been carrying on as for the past several years. On the other hand, could it be that he will be carrying on the Snake Plisken mythos? Popular internet rumor has carried on for years that the characters he played in both The Thing, Big trouble in Little China as well as Escape From New York (and to a lesser degree L.A.) were all the same person at a different time in the character’s story arc. It would be great to see Marvel give those conspiracy hungry fans what they are asking for and bring that myth into the Marvel Universe. I for one would love to see that same line be continued here for a new generation and would go one further to say Chris Pratt would be the perfect actor to play son of Jack Burton in Return of Big Trouble in Little China.

Another aspect of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that fans have to look forward to is the soundtrack. For the first movie, the eclectic list of 60’s and 70’s music brought out both the comic book and music nerd in many fans. Will Awesome Mixtape #2 be as good as the first? I recommend if you’ve asked yourself that question that you start making a playlist now to see how yours matches the creativity of the real thing.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be appearing in our side of the galaxy May 5 2017.