Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: James Gunn Reveals Characters’ Story Arcs

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 promises to be an even bigger event than its predecessor. James Gunn is returning as director and screenwriter; the entire cast is coming back to once again save the galaxy; and new characters will be introduced, including Kurt Russell’s Ego. With all of this going for it, the MCU couldn't be starting off 2017  with a better flick.

Marketing materials have convinced fans that Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 will focus on the relationships between the various characters. James Gunn said that the sequel would be about family from the time it was announced.

During an interview with Cinema Blend, the director provided some additional information about the movie's theme. Check it out, but keep in mind that while there aren’t too many spoilers here, a couple of new tidbits are revealed!

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (Digital Spy)

Star Lord: That's the first thing people say when they see the movie. The first movie was about Peter Quill, and the second movie has every single character have a complete arc, a complete story. They each learn something. It's a story about Peter Quill, with his father, but also his abusive stepfather, Yondu.

Gamora: It's about Nebula's relationship with her sister, Gamora, and how that's not all that we saw in the first movie. It's a lot deeper and more complicated than that. We thought in the first movie that Gamora was the good guy, and Nebula's the bad guy, but that really isn't the whole story. (This new tidbit reveals that Nebula could easily have been the one to betray Thanos in the first movie.)

Rocket Raccoon: I think it's a story about this poor little Rocket, who is in search of a father and in search of somebody to give a shit, who cannot find it - and maybe does a little bit with Michael Rooker's character.

Drax: It's about Dave Bautista and Mantis together, who become on the one hand close friends, and then on the other hand, she's a surrogate daughter for the daughter that was murdered. (This debunks online rumors about Drax and Mantis becoming a couple.)

Baby Groot: And of course Baby Groot's relationship with all of them...they are the worst parents in the entire world! Who else brings a two-year-old son into a giant battle with a giant monster? Terrible parents! And maybe Gamora and Rocket are better than the other two. The other two are terrible. All of those things come together in a way that seems pretty magical.

Group photo at Comic Con (Collider)

Vol. 2 will be released on May 5 this year!