As we’ve recently discovered, a lot of the things that normally would be CG’d in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy was done with actual makeup and prosthetics. As Comicbook.com wrote today, “In a broadcast by Adam Kruger of Anchor.fm, we learned that Young Ego was created by 90% makeup work, and only 10% CGI work. That’s a far cry from other flashback moments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (see: Michael Douglas in Ant-Man; Young Tony Stark in Captain: Civil War) which have clearly used extensive CGI work to achieve their de-aged effect.”
While Kurt Russell’s Ego might have been easy to work with – actor Chris Sullivan’s Taserface clearly was not. The (to put it nicely) hard to look at Taserface was the work of a team of make up artists over a period of hours….
When the first footage of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was made public, the internet became fascinated with Star-Lord’s new shirt. The graphic t-shirt featured text in what appeared to be an alien language, leading to rampant speculation about what the shirt’s message was.
Now that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is playing in theaters, costume designer Judianna Makovsky is clarifying what the graphic shirt is actually all about.
“I think people are reading a lot more into it,” Makovsky told Fashionista, laughing. “When I first started the film, [director] James Gunn said he wanted to give everybody more of a cool rock star feeling and I said, ‘Well, usually that means a graphic T-shirt.’ He went, ‘Perfect, I want a graphic T-shirt.’ So we did a lot of graphics that would advertise either products or candy and we actually used alphabet [from the “Klyn” language] from his first film. It’s very simple; it says ‘Gear Shift’ on it.”
The rock star look is fitting for a “legendary outlaw” like Star-Lord, though even…
Arguably the biggest theme throughout the entirety of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was family. Nearly every character involved in the movie underwent various stages of growth both personally and in their relationships with those close to them.
With the main story arc of Vol. 2 involving Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) need to find his father, Ego (Kurt Russell), movie-goers were shocked to find that his father turned out to be the movie’s main antagonist.
Unbeknownst to Yondu — who has been hired by Ego to retrieve Peter from Earth — Ego had planned to use Peter’s powers to essentially cover every planet in the universe with his own organic material. Eventually, Yondu found out Ego’s True intentions and ultimately decided to raise Peter himself.
Towards the end of Vol. 2, Peter makes the realization that a dad isn’t necessarily always your biological father. In this case, Yondu ended up making the ultimate sacrifice so that Peter could live. Except Vol. 2 director James Gunn wasn’t always sure that the ending would have ended on that big of a heart breaker.
NEW YORK – “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” rocketed to an estimated $145 million debut in North America, kicking off Hollywood’s summer movie season with something the movie business has been craving: a sequel more successful than the original.
Director James Gunn’s second “Guardians” film opened 54 percent higher than the 2014 runaway hit, according to studio estimates Sunday.
That release, which introduced the intergalactic band of misfits played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, debuted with $94 million in its first weekend.
Once a little-known, oddball property in Marvel’s vault, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” have grown into one of the comic-book factory’s biggest brands.
The Walt Disney Co. validated the rise of “Guardians,” too, by moving it from August (when the original opened) to the first weekend in May. Marvel has used the same weekend to effectively launch the summer season for the last decade.
The opening for “Guardians Vol. 2,” made for about $200 million, is the second largest of the year, following Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” ($174.8 million). But it also turns back the tide of underperforming sequels, a developing scourge to Hollywood. Last summer saw a litany of sequels that failed to live up to earlier installments.
“We spent a lot of time looking at sequels and the idea of sequel-itis,” said David Hollis, distribution chief for Disney. “Really, poor quality films have been the thing that has, more than anything, been rejected by consumers over time. The ambition here was to make something that was unbelievably fresh…
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2]
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had the nearly impossible task of living up to the expectations of the surprise 2014 hit — and in some rather surprising ways, it succeeded.
Marvel Studios has a mixed track record with second installments (there are few fans who would rank Iron Man 2 and Avengers: Age of Ultron above their immediate predecessors, but Captain America: Winter Soldier is largely considered to top the first Cap movie). And while the reviews were positive, even many praising the film argued James Gunn’s followup didn’t totally recapture the magic of the first installment. I humbly submit that those claims are wrong, and here’s why:
Vol. 2 is more emotional than its predecessor.
Movies like The Avengers feature makeshift families, but never has a Marvel movie tackled the theme of family so poignantly. Unlike another Vin Diesel-starring blockbuster, the way writer-director James Gunn employs family throughout Guardians 2 makes it more than a buzzword. The main plot shows Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finally meeting his father, the man-shaped planet known as Ego (Kurt Russell), while Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and her vengeful sister Nebula (Karen Gillan) attempt to smooth over their rough history, and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) bonds with the Ravager Yondu (Michael Rooker).
From the outset of the first Guardians, the mystery of Peter’s heritage has hovered over his arc; when he first meets Ego, he’s encouraged by Gamora to get to know the old man better. But Gunn’s script, aided by the performances from Pratt, Russell, and Rooker, gets at the larger question: does being Peter’s blood relative really make Ego his dad emotionally, or is that Yondu, his old overseer?
The third act makes it clear that the answer is the latter. Ego’s plan is to rebuild the universe and destroy the current one with Peter at his side, until he reveals he gave Peter’s mother the brain cancer that killed her. Then we learn that Yondu’s choice to abduct Peter as a youth was to save the boy from Ego, who deliberately impregnated life forms on various planets to gain a god-like progeny. He simply killed those who didn’t measure up. That revelation demonstrates that, of all relationships, the bond between Peter and Yondu…
And in the film’s final moments, as well as its first post-credit scene, it appeared that another character would be joining the roster, but this time, to fill a void left by another character’s demise.
After Yondu sacrificed himself to save Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), the team was left mourning the loss of their friend. Joining them was Kraglin (Sean Gunn), Yondu’s right hand man, who had had a significant hand in helping the Guardians throughout the film.
Since both Kraglin and Peter had long histories with Yondu, Peter gave Kraglin Yondu’s fin and Yaka Arrow, seemingly as an invitation to join the team. And in the film’s first post-credit scene, Kraglin is shown practicing how to use the arrow and fin while on the Guardians’ new ship – ultimately hitting Drax (Dave Bautista) in the process.
The on-set Hollywood romance is one of the most time-honored traditions in all of entertainment. Under the hot glow of stage lights, surrounded by onlookers munching stale bagels from the nearby craft services table, many a blossoming love has flowered.
No such love story is more endearing than that of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn and his Alabamian muse, Michael Rooker. The filmmaker and star have been fast friends for over a decade, when Rooker starred in Gunn’s 2006 creature-feature directorial debut, Slither.
From that soil of grotesque alien mutation sprouted the sturdy oak of friendship which has only grown stronger over the years. Rooker has appeared in each of Gunn’s subsequent features, including a breakout role as the blue-skinned Ravager Yondu in 2014’s Guardians, a role he reprises in this year’s sequel.
The relationship between the two has been on display for savvy fans for years, and nowhere is it more evidently exhibited than in a recently surfaced clip from the short-lived 2008 VH1 reality series, ScreamQueens. The competition program pitted 10 actresses against one another for a coveted role in an upcoming horror film (SawVI). Gunn, hot off the heels of his feature debut, served as one of the judges on the program. (It’s enjoyable to see Gunn, now one of the hottest directors in Hollywood, having fun on a reality show).