I could be wrong but I don't think I'm wrong in suggesting that the 2017 superhero movie year was kicked off with Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2. I think I'm right. Whatever. Let's talk about the latest Marvel movie to absolutely clean up at the box office. I've heard some rumblings that it "wasn't as good as the first one" and whatever, but I can basically go on record in suggesting that this movie was able to capture the magic that the first GOTG film created. I recall only a few short years ago, Marvel was humming and hawing over breaking out from the usual superhero trope film and releasing a wild and silly space hero movie - with heroes that don't have near the clout that Captain America and Iron Man have. Well, that was then and we now have a sequel and we have the Agents Of SHIELD going to space. We have Thor going to another planet (I presume, based on the trailer for Thor Ragnorok that gets released later this year) and it appears that Marvel has struck gold in every universe.
In Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, we see the Guardians take on a god (lower cased G) in Ego. Ego is Peter Quill/Star-Lord's negligent father, played by Kurt Russell. Now, I'm probably going to go off on a tangent here, but can we talk about how great Kurt Russell is? He showed up in the Fast And Furious series and now he's infiltrated Marvel. There might be a bit of a spoiler (or not if you've ever seen a Marvel film or any superhero film ever) but obviously Ego gets his just desserts by the end of the film. I mean, duh. But, here's whats sort of cool in my mind. Ego is a god (lower cased G) so maybe he can return again? Maybe his end isn't really his end? I'm probably filled with wishful thinking, but there's been a few Marvel movies that have done that to me. Where the hell is Red Skull and why didn't they tie him in with Robert Redford's character in Winter Soldier? I digress.
As ridiculous as it is, I think the ultimate battle between The Guardians and Ego was actually only a side story in what ended up being a film that developed all the Guardians as individuals and within a superhero team. We got a lot of story and character development throughout the film, but it never felt forced or excessive to me. I think that the development was so obvious is what made it easier to digest for me. I saw it coming a million miles away and simply resigned myself to letting the film have its way with me. In taking the journey willingly, I was caught off-guard by a surprising move to say goodbye to one of the characters in the film. I'll attempt to avoid the obvious spoiler but know that the demise was a great one and the subsequent send-off was well deserved. I got a bit verklempt during the entire scene but that's good cinema, goddammit!
Obviously, Marvel has hit another home run. In a year that will see me spend hundreds of dollars at the cinema, it's good to know that Marvel can hold its own. It's easy to win when you're the only game in town, but there are some seriously heavy hitters out this year and I feel like Marvel is up to the challenge. I'll tie this one off by suggesting anyone not having seen the movie might want to see it and be prepared for the FIVE credits scenes. That's a lot of after-movie mayhem! Adam Warlock, anybody? Ryan Gosling for Adam Warlock, anybody? Fun little credits spoiler: Jeff Goldblum can be seen in his Thor Ragnorok garb dancing as the credits scroll. I'm super excited for Taika Waititi's new Thor adventure to say the least!