This summer, when they’re not busy saving the world from bad guys, our favorite super heroes are set for an epic battle for our dollars at the box office, which will be waged well into Christmas with as many as five comic book movies coming down the pike. But, it looks like Wonder Woman, Batman, Spider-Man and Thor will have to play second fiddle to a ragtag group of outcasts from outer space. At least that’s the consensus coming out of Los Angeles, where Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 just screened for members of the media who all seemed to agree: this movie absolutely rocks.
When the first Guardians came out back in 2014, it was bit of an outlier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Audiences were unfamiliar with the intergalactic exploits of Star-Lord and his merry band of space bandits, two of which were a talking raccoon and a walking tree. Tough sell. But, thanks to a winning blend of wit, nostalgia, and heart, Guardians became an unequivocal hit, Chris Pratt became a movie star, and Marvel suddenly had a brand new mega-franchise on its hands.
Hollywood, perhaps more so than anywhere else on the planet, operates under the belief that if something ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So, it’s no surprise that director James Gunn didn’t stray from the formula that made the first Guardians such a smash. Immediately after Monday’s screenings, critics flooded Twitter with superlatives like “emotional,” “gorgeous,” and “a helluva tearjerker” when describing what they had just seen. Erik Davis from Fandango even went so far as to suggest that some people will consider it their favorite Marvel film ever.
We’ll find out, when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5.
Check out more first reactions below.
There’s more beauty & depth & ‘80s love in GUARDIANS VOL. 2 than any of the Marvel movies. It’s like a water-color acid trip full of awesome pic.twitter.com/m80OSUD31p— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) April 18, 2017
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 kept a smile on my face from beginning to end. Funny, action packed, emotional, and tons of surprises. Thumbs up. pic.twitter.com/aIz7Redwin— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) April 18, 2017
I say without hyperbole: #GotGVol2 is MCU at its very best. Grand adventure with intimate stakes. Uses every damn color in the crayon box. 🌈— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) April 18, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a whole heap of fun. Gorgeous, a bit mad, and surprisingly emotional. And yes, Baby Groot is everything.— Haleigh Foutch (@HaleighFoutch) April 18, 2017
Going in with through-the-roof expectations, Guardians Vol. 2 still left me wishing it was never going to end. I seriously loved it. pic.twitter.com/kMvGQCeRiS— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) April 18, 2017
Don’t think I’ve heard so much laughter at a press screening. People seemed to really be digging Guardians Vol. 2. Can’t say more (yet)— Aaron Couch (@AaronCouch) April 18, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is filled with tons of surprises and an unexpected amount of emotion. Another Marvel winner.— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) April 18, 2017
Holy smokes was Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2 fun! I had a smile plastered on my face nearly the whole time. Tons of Easter eggs too. pic.twitter.com/558Q7nw8yN— Dan Casey (@DanCasey) April 18, 2017