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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Back in 2014, Marvel Studios proved that they could take any random, obscure, and bizarre franchise and turn it into a money machine. This proof came in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy, which was based on a comic that pretty much no one read (and if you’re someone who claims to have read and loved them, you’re probably lying. Stop lying). It was a name that few recognized, and when all said and done, bears very little resemblance to its source material. Needless to say, it was a big gamble on Marvel’s part. However, behind the strange film was a fun premise and a whole lotta heart, and when audiences had a chance to finally see the film, they responded greatly to its oddity.

Now, over two years later, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 stands as one of this years most anticipated films (and in a year that sports Wonder Woman, Justice League, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok, that’s saying something), which is proof of just how much mainstream perception can change in a short period of time. But just because this is a sequel to a film doesn’t necessarily means that we can simply expect more of the same. No, in fact, Marvel’s M.O. in their cinematic universe has been built firmly on never-ending change (as evidenced by the continuing growth of their leads). So how will Guardians lead Star-Lord (a.k.a. Peter Quill) be different from how he was in the first film?

If you’ll recall, in the closing minutes of the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, Peter Quill held onto the dangerous Power Stone, and through sheer will power (and the help of his fellow Guardians), he managed to survive the incident. But don’t think this little overpowering incident hasn’t changed him. Speaking with Comicbook.com during a set visit, actor Chris Pratt was asked how it’s affected him. Here’s what Pratt had to say.

“It plays a certain role. His interaction with the Infinity Stone in the first movie becomes – there’s a thread there that gets pulled in the second movie, like you get to know a little bit more. But yeah, that wasn’t an unimportant aspect of who he is.”

So how is this a thread? Earlier on in the flick, we saw just how deadly the Power Stone could be. While Star-Lord did take a physical toll from holding it, the fact that he didn’t explode is evidence that he’s no normal human. Perhaps the mere fact that he is something greater is how this will play out in the next film. Perhaps this will be the way in which Ego the Living Planet first learns about his son. Well, between the division of the Guardians, the expansion of their roster, and Peter’s father all coming into the mix, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has its fair share of things to work through. We won’t be able to say this will be a static film, that’s for sure. 

How do you think this thread will unravel in Guardians 2? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017.

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SOURCE: Comicbook.com

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.