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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had both positives a negatives. On the plus side, its a Guardians movie, and on the negative side it reused old jokes and plots of the first film. But the pivotal point of the film was where Ego told Peter that he deliberately killed his mother, by implanting the brain tumor (and of course squashing his beloved Walkman). The director, James Gunn was asked about about this by a fan on Facebook today. Why would Ego tell Peter this if he was trying to convince him to join him? Gunn had quite a lengthy, and BS, response.

“Ego is a very complicated character. I think that Ego, and really the whole movie, is about ego. This is true. It is about Ego taking over… He told [Peter Quill] because on some level he wants to have a connection with his son. And also, he thinks in that moment that Peter understands what it takes to be a conqueror. And in that moment, he shares; he is blind; he is not very good [at understanding non-Gods] He thinks he’s very good with social interactions. [Ego] wants to have some sort of connection with Peter. And when Peter betrays that and shoots him, he then says, ‘I’ll just use him like I’ve used so many others in my existence.'”

This could be some well thought out reason. In fact, Gunn may have laid awake all night finding a way to figure out a reason to turn him against his father, when it really wasn’t even necessary. All he needed was a plot device. This was quite simple, as the entire first film was based on Peter’s love, and tragic loss, of his mother.

There are very few sequels that live up to the first one, and we must all look to Empire Strikes Back for a model of how it is properly done. I did like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, I did like the ending, but the movie also felt so much like the first volume, that it was nearly a clone. Heck, even Iron Man 2, despite being terrible, tried something different.

Am I simply a critic being too critical? Maybe. Have I watched Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 more than a few times? Yuppers.

What do you guys think? Did you like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Was it better than the first one? Was PAC-Man just a little too much? Speak out!

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Source: James Gunn (via Facebook)

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.