Sleep is for the wicked, am I right?
In truly disruptive fashion, Entertainment Weekly and James Gunn have revealed the first new, official piece of concept art from next year’s highly-anticipated, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Coming just after the film finished principal photography in Atlanta, and just ahead of its SDCC panel next week, the new art features the return of some familiar characters, as well as a new one.
The lineup includes Star Lord, Baby Groot (yay!), Gamora, Drax, Rocket, Yondu, Nebula, and newcomer, Mantis, played by Pom Klementieff. Check out the concept art below, created by Andy Park, which Gunn says “led us a lot as we were developing the film.”
Mantis is one of the more notable new additions to the sequel, and one of the few new characters who’s identity has also been announced and confirmed as well. Executive Producer Jonathan Schwartz teases the character’s role in the group:
“She has never really experienced social interaction. Everything she learns about dealing with people, she learns from the Guardians of the Galaxy, which is a very weird group to learn your social intricacies from.”
As for Baby Groot as well, a character who swept the nation with his adorable dance moves, Schwartz teases that the younger version of the character may not be the same as the grown version, and that he may not even be the same Groot at all:
“He doesn’t have the wisdom and experience of that Groot. He’s a younger Groot and a more rambunctious Groot. The question is, is he the same Groot, just smaller? Or is he a different Groot that’s sprung up from the seed of the first Groot?”
What’s also interesting to note is the inclusion of both Yondu and Nebula in the artwork here, since in their essence they aren’t really members of the Guardians team, especially considering Nebula finished the first film on some fairly rocky territory with Gamora. It’s possible that this doesn’t really reveal all that much from the story, and in all likelihood I’m reading far too much into this, but it does raise some even more interesting questions about how the lineup of the Guardians team may change and evolve in the new film.
We won’t have to wait long before we find out more from the sequel as well, with it rumored to have one of the biggest panels at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, where we can imagine some of the first footage will likely be shown from it as well, though that could just be wishful thinking on our part. To top this late night surprise off well though, this artwork by Park will be made available by Marvel to those of you lucky enough to be attending SDCC next week also.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is set to hit theatres on May 5th, 2017.
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