Yesterday I saw Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2, and now I want to see it again! Yes, it is that good. Although it is difficult to make better movies after a huge hit, Marvel made it again. If you loved the retro feeling from the first film, you’re going to adore this second installment of our favorite Superheroes. I laughed, but I also cried. Yes, the only thing that I will spoil for you is this one: take a tissue just in case.
[SPOILER ALERT: this review contains massive spoilers. Refrain from reading beyond this point if you want to be surprised when you hit the cinema!]
This movie is centered on the concept of family. Peter lost his mother when he was too young. Then, he was raised by the ravenger Yondu, a harsh blue alien who assured he would eat him if he didn’t perform. However, we’re going to know more about Peter, Yondu, and Ego. So, who is Ego? It turns out it’s Peter’s father.
Peter has some big “daddy issues.” As Yondu pointed out, Ego might be Peter’s father, but he’s not his daddy. As you might guess, it is Yondu who performed the deed. Thus, Peter had a real blue father. Surprisingly enough, Drax got it without giving much thought. Peter needed too much time to get it. In the meanwhile, he dreamed David Hasselhoff was his Dad.
Ego is a celestial, a being of thousands of years who can modify reality. Not only can he create worlds, but he can also do whatever he wants. Well, almost everything since he needs Peter for his evil master plan. And yes: he can get the face of Hasselhoff to tease Peter.
The movie is packed with other retro references. Including an epic fighting scene with Ego and Peter. While Ego (Kurt Russel) decides to take his own shape, Peter transforms into a giant Packman. I’ve never seen a geekier battle on the screen!
As you imagined, Stan Lee makes a cameo. He appears with the Watchers, explaining to them stories. This is hilarious since, in the comics, the Watchers are a race of omnipotent aliens who watch all that happens in the Universe. So, it seems that Stan Lee is working for them.
In the post-credits, we see the Grandmaster dancing. He shouldn’t be there since we have characters of the Guardians of the Galaxy. We might yet have a crossover with Thor Ragnarok. Also, Thor matches the color palette of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
But the post-credits offer way more information. Golden villain Ayesha has created a perfect being called Adam to take revenge on the Guardians. He is Adam Warlock in the comics, a perfect being who ends up messing things up and having an infinity stone!
And then, we have Peter’s tee. According to Slash Gear, the first words are “gears” and “shift.” Then the code reveals the following words: dust, cement, stone, and ash. And, at the end of the tee, we have “a Teneyck Galaxy Invention.” The graphic designer who created it, Karen TenEyck, is a frequent collaborator with Marvel Studios projects.
I’m sure there are more Easter Eggs and fun things poking to the 80s in the movie (including Kurt Russel, David Hasselhoff, Silvester Stalone and Packman!) I need to watch it again to find more of them! But, for the time being, I’ll leave you with this collection, and a final thought: Howard the Duck was there again. Are they trying to tell us something?
The post-credits also give us another hint to the family. In it, we can see Peter arguing with a teen Groot. Groot is playing games, and his room is filthy. The whole movie has been around family bonds, and so, it’s not strange to find out a teen Groot being a horror teen, and “Daddy” Star-Lord complaining about Groot’s filthy room. I found it adorable!
By the way, the more I see Drax, the more autistic he looks. He’s so literal and makes the most inappropriate remarks all the time, which it reminds me of some autistic people I know. He’s not as dumb as he seems. He just understands his surroundings in a different way.
Also, take a closer look at Gamora’s and Nebula’s sister relationship. Nebula isn’t that bad after all. She just wanted a sister, a family. Gamora got it late, but she finally became the sister Nebula wanted her to be.
This movie is gold, and it has all the references to the 80s you’ve ever dreamt, including a giant Packman fighting a Supervillain. It also has a great message for you: family isn’t just blood. You can find family in the most unexpected places. You can choose your family, make one of your own. Even if it seems odds to the outsiders, it is your family.
Family simply doesn’t end with blood.