– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Looks like that “band” poster that Marvel released several months back was no fluke. The first Guardians of the Galaxy saw the group of misfits come together to become a family, and in their second outing, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it looks like we’ll be seeing the threads unravel in their relationships. So what does that have to do with the whole “band” analogy? The more we hear about the film, the more it sounds like the movie will be like the second half of a VH1 Behind the Music special.

Speaking with Screen Rant, actor Chris Pratt discussed where the flick picks up, and how their current station in life affects their mental place.

“Chris Pratt: Well, I mean, we’re picking up a couple of months after the first movie so there was a certain evolution that happened with him in the first movie and it was important to all of us that we don’t move backwards and all of a sudden start where he was at the beginning of the first movie and just tell that story over again. So, he definitely feels a responsibility, feels like he’s a leader, but it’s still a group of misfits. He still has to deal with Rocket, and he still has to deal with Drax and Gamora, and the way that it is. There’s still a lot of fun to be had there. He certainly doesn’t have a mastery on how to be a leader of this group. But I think he feels like the leader of this group at the beginning of this.”

Unfortunately, when you put one guy in front as the leader of a band, the other members won’t necessarily fall into place, especially if their leader is something of a conceited narcissist.

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige embellished that point.

“Kevin Feige: It doesn’t take much to make Peter Quill more of an asshole. Yes, there’s a pompousness. James, I’m sure will talk about it more eloquently when you see him today, but they’ve all grown a bit more pompous and you know, the garage band that then gets multi-platinum album, and have egos to go along with that, is certainly the case, which is true for all of them frankly. Not Drax as much, but all of them, particularly Quill.”

Of course, when egos start to clash, it’s important for band members to be able to escape to their own personal space. Unfortunately, when bands are on tour, they tend to be confined to a small tour bus, making that very notion impossible.

In many ways, Peter Quill’s ship, the Milano, could be seen as the undersized tour bus, as described by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 producer Jonathan Schwartz.

“Jonathan Schwartz: …the Guardians have been living in it for a few months – it’s not really ship made for that many people. So the extent that their high egos and rock ‘n roll sensibilities are starting to intrude on the family dynamic. That’s sort of reflected in the state of the Milano when we find it.


“Part of the meta-arc of the movie is what’s going to happen to the Guardians family. Are they going to stay together? So there is a big split that happens relatively early in the movie. Actually, whether they’re going to get back together or remain as a family is, very much, one of the big plots, or themes.”

Is this a glimpse at the B-plot in the film?

Is this a glimpse at the B-plot in the film?

So allow us to take a moment to break all this down.

As was revealed months ago, the opening of the film will see the Guardians fighting against an inter dimensional monster. We theorize the opening scene of the movie will see them flubbing this capture due to their increasingly hostile nature towards one another (Perhaps this can explain the scene from the first trailer, where Rocket and Star-Lord are arguing about the “death button”). From there, Rocket and Groot split up and have their own adventure with Yondu, and the other Guardians continue with their own mission, which brings in the likes of Mantis and Nebula.

We can’t be sure of the specific instances, but whatever this mammoth journey is, it will inevitably lead to the Guardians coming back together and uniting as an even stronger family (and an even better band).

What do you think about this proposed direction for the story? Let us know your thoughts down below! 

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

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SOURCE: Screen Rant

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.