Marvel releases Ravager Groot featurette for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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The first movie began with Quill as a 12-year-old boy being stolen away from Earth just after his mother has died from brain cancer, hallucinating about his absent father being a creature of pure light.

Meanwhile, the director recently revealed he had "a lot more freedom" to develop the characters - which include Star-Lord Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel, and Drax, played by Dave Bautista - in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2".

Peter, as we learn, was kidnapped from Earth in the 1980s - along with his Sony Walkman loaded with one of the coolest mixtapes in the universe - and taken on a wild ride among the stars by a insane blue pirate named Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his gang of thieves. Speaking of Yondu, he's slowly losing his position of power. Sylvester Stallone has what amounts to a cameo as Stakar Ogord, but his few scenes inform the central struggles the Guardians face in "Vol. 2". But a contract put on the Guardians by the Sovereign may be his ticket back to glory. Color abounds throughout the movie, drenching most of the landscape visuals, as well as numerous action scenes. I personally hope that the upcoming movies will have aspects of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" amongst them since they are technically the protectors of the universe. Plus, they have a nice little game of catch with a magical ball.

The movie begins with a battle between the Guardians and a big space creature. Most of the amusing lines or actions come from Drax and Baby Groot, who steal the show... or should I say movie, wink. Here's a quick breakdown of what you need to know. That's 90% of Drax's schtick in this movie.

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If the films of the MCU stay on this path and tackle issues just as much as "Guardians" did, then moviegoers are in for one heck of a ride.

This time around our reluctant hero from the last film, Peter Quill/Star Lord (Chris Pratt), is reunited with his father, Ego (Kurt Russell), who abandoned him many years before and Peter never knew why. This movie was a mix of action, adventure, and comedy which is hard to pull off sometimes but somehow Marvel always pulls it off perfectly. But otherwise there's nothing here to write home about.

Of course, a major selling point of this movie will be the action sequences and they don't disappoint. The humor, which seemed so crisp and spontaneous in the first movie, now feels scripted and forced. From the team's opening fight with a space monster-that we barely see because we're watching Baby Groot enjoy some music to a final save-the-galaxy battle-there are plenty of humorous scenes (a scene in a dark forest with bad guys sneaking up on Rocket is especially wacky). The villain is just flat-out terrible.

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