First things first, Groot is the cutest and deadliest superhero EVER! Now that we have set the tone, let us move ahead with the story. Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 is all set to hit the theaters on May 5, in India, and we can't be more excited. We get to see the crazy weirdos back in action, trying to save the galaxy. All our favourite characters return, and a few additions too, but the most exciting is Baby Groot. The superhero, Groot, perished but reincarnated, in the first part. In the volume 2 we get to meet his reincarnated baby version. Producer Kevin Feige explains how the makers wanted to pursue the story of Groot! And guess what? It was an intentional tactic for Groot to die and then be reborn so that a very specific subplot can be set in motion in the sequel.
The relationship between Rocket and Groot does an intentional flip-flop in the second movie, as Feige explains, “There are issues with the comic where Groot is implanted in a little pot and is a little version of Groot, which is where that ending came from. We always thought that if we got to do another one of these movies, it would be funny to flip it. Rocket is tiny compared to Groot in the first film. He sits on Groot’s shoulder when he fires the machine gun. Groot is very protective of him. How fun would it be to flip that in the next film? We talked about that on the first movie a little bit and when James went off and came back with an amazing, very lengthy treatment for this movie, he nailed it in terms of Baby Groot and in terms of that new dynamic between Rocket and Groot.”
“Also we further the evolution of Rocket, who is not the nicest raccoon around, but who certainly has a begrudging loyalty to his team.” Feige said. Further, talking about what else to expect from the anticipated sequel Kevin explained, “When we started turning the wheels on a sequel, there were some very obvious clues at the end of the first film where the storyline could go. Peter talks about his father. Glenn Close, Nova Prime, tells us something very ancient, very unusual. Yondu tells us that he purposefully did not deliver Peter to his father. So James went back and started to work on where that would take us in a storyline. And it takes us to a place where we meet the Guardians only a few months after the events of Guardians 1."
“We meet them in the midst of a job, and we introduce some new villains. And more importantly we introduce some new heroes, most importantly Mantis, who is an amazing new addition to the Guardians. Returning characters Yondu and Nebula play surprising new roles in the film, and we continue to deepen the relationship between Peter Quill and Gamora, which we’ll see more of." Kevin shed some light on GOTG vol 2.
Feige also explained that Guardians of the Galaxy was a hard sell! Yes. Inception of everyone's favourite intergalactic space adventure was not that easy! “A number of years ago we were saying that we wanted to do a space movie. And looking through the books, we realized we had this great group of characters that had been re-formed in publishing recently called the Guardians of the Galaxy and what an outrageous grouping of people it was—most outrageously that one member was a tree and another member was a raccoon.” he said.
Continuing, Feige added, “I took a lot of joy in pitching that to people who had never heard of it. But it took a huge leap forward when we hired James Gunn, who initially wondered what we were talking about, and then drove home and thought about it more and tapped into his love of these kinds of movies, his love of little animals and his love of characters.”
When they met again, Gunn was 100% on board with the project. “He rewrote the script, did a new outline and added some songs,” Feige recalls. “And we knew we had something even more special than we were anticipating, and the audience responded to that. The film came out and was the success that it was. It was great because that really proves the point of you don’t have to have ever read any of these comics. You don’t have to even ever have heard of any of these comics.”
Feige was convinced that “if we deliver the movie, that’s all that matters. We knew even before the film came out that we were feeling very good about it and that the buzz was very good. And we knew the film delivered.”
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