Remember at the end of Marvel movies right after the credits there’d be an exciting, dramatic 60-second scene, usually featuring a new unexpected character or hinting at a plot twist for a sequel or crossover film? Yeah. Those were the days. In true Marvel tradition, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 did not disappoint with not one, but five, extra scenes spread throughout the credits. Though… none of them were earth-shattering. They were really just funny snippets that didn’t seem to fit anywhere else.
GotG Vol. 1 was spectacular. It was funny and fresh and beautifully executed; I remember being enthralled and seeing it as a strong contender for my beloved Avengers. GotG Vol. 2 was still funny. It still featured carefully musically choreographed fight scenes – I would suggest that woven with the iconic music of the 70s and 80s, this is one of the strongest things that make the franchise work. And visually, it was incredible, with action-packed, colourful, mesmerising worlds. But there was just something… lacking.
Peter Quill AKA Star Lord AKA the role Chris Pratt was born to play is seduced to a strange planet by his long-lost alien father. Drama ensues. It’s an origin story, of sorts, with the predictable message that in some cases family is those you choose, and that you can’t help it if your daddy is a narcissistic madman who wants to take over the galaxy.
Still, it is a great Marvel film, just not one of the greatest. (And potentially putting my life in danger: still better than DC thus far).