The much-anticipated sequel to Marvel‘s surprise 2014 hit Guardians of the Galaxy is currently underway. Thankfully, most of the talent that made the first film so great are back for this follow-up, dubbed Vol. 2. These include director James Gunn and, of course, the Guardians themselves – Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. Oh, and the likes of Glenn Close, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillan as on board well.
However, two supporting characters from the first movie will not be returning. Speaking in a Q&A on his Facebook page, Gunn confirmed that John C. Reilly – who played Rhomann Dey last time around – would not be back. Likewise, Benicio Del Toro’s the Collector will not be seen either.
This second one in particular might come as a surprise, as the Collector featured fairly prominently in the first movie and had a connection to the wider issue of the Infinity Stones. However, Gunn also said that he was “very excited to see him in the MCU in the future.”
Another interesting tidbit Gunn revealed is that he currently isn’t sure whether he will do any more Marvel movies after Vol. 2. “I haven’t made up my mind yet, I don’t know,” he said. “Right now I can only concentrate on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”
You can watch the entire Q&A here.
So what else do we know about the movie? Alongside all those returning stars, newcomers include The Night Manager’s Elizabeth Debicki, Pom Klementieff as Mantis and – here’s the big one – Kurt Russell as Peter Quill’s father, who was revealed to be an alien at the end of the original movie.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is set to be blasted into cinemas on May 5, 2017, in the US.
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