No one quite knew what to expect when Marvel Studios announced plans for a Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but after years of speculation, the 2014 film premiered to rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, and (somewhat surprisingly) became one of the year’s biggest blockbusters. Now the movie’s band of heroic misfits will return in May 2017 for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with writer and director James Gunn also reprising his role behind the camera.
The 15th film in Marvel’s rapidly expanding cinematic universe, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will feature the return of the entire core team of heroes and many supporting cast members, as well as welcome several newcomers to Marvel’s big-screen universe.
With the film scheduled to hit theaters May 5, 2017, here’s everything we know about the return of Marvel’s favorite group of hard-luck cosmic heroes.
Featuring … Miley Cyrus?
The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was already an eclectic bunch, but it got significantly more wild with the recent news that pop star and actress Miley Cyrus will be voicing a character in the film.
According to reporter Sarah Ruhlman, Gunn and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed during a press event for the film that Cyrus will voice the artificially intelligent, robotic character known as Mainframe. The report was later confirmed by Disney.
— Sarah Ruhlman (@SarahScoop) April 21, 2017
According to Gunn, the discussion regarding Cyrus went as follows:
“I was watching The Voice and I [thought] she’s so likable and her voice is awesome, she’s got the best voice,” said Gunn. “And then I asked Kevin, what do you think about casting Miley Cyrus as the voice of Mainframe? He was like, ‘Well, if you think we can get her…’ and I got her to do it.”
It’s unknown what sort of role Mainframe will play in the film, as the character has been presented in various forms over the years. In one iteration, it was a sentient version of Tony Stark’s Iron Man armor, while another had Mainframe serving as a planet-controlling operating system.
We knew the soundtrack for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was going to be something special, given the high bar set by the first film, but director James Gunn appears to have gone above and beyond to give the music of the much-anticipated sequel a truly unique feel.
After posting the campy lyrics he penned for a song titled “Guardians Inferno” that will appear on the film’s soundtrack, Gunn led many fans to question whether he was serious about the tune, which includes the lines, “That weird thing by his side’s an infantilized sequoia. The two of them walk by, people say, ‘Oh boy-a!'”
Here are the lyrics to Guardians Inferno I wrote on Notes in the back of a car on my ride home. pic.twitter.com/CHhnKglD9S
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 22, 2017
However, Marvel Studios puts fans’ questions to rest by releasing the finished track online and a very special guest providing the vocals: David Hasselhoff.
“The Hoff” can be heard singing Gunn’s lyrics in the tune, which is performed by The Sneepers and was co-written by Gunn and score composer Tyler Bates.
Stick around through the credits
At this point, it’s pretty much assumed that audiences should stay in their seats through the credits on every Marvel Studios movie. Not only is there likely to be a brief scene that teases the next big thing in the studio’s cinematic universe, but there’s also likely to be something else worth seeing — even if it’s just for laughs.
After giving the world the return of Howard the Duck in the post-credits scene from Guardians of the Galaxy, director James Gunn has confirmed that the sequel will feature not one but five bonus scenes during the credits. The news comes from Gunn himself, who responded to a report about the film’s post-credits scenes on Twitter following an early press screening of the movie.
@screenrant Well, five, actually. ????
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 18, 2017
After an outlet announced that the film had four post-credits scenes, Gunn responded, “Well, five, actually.”
Clips, clips, and more clips
Marvel Studios released a series of clips from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 while promoting the film in April 2017.
In one clip, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) wields some powerful pelvic sorcery while convincing Gamora (Zoe Saldana) to dance with him.
In another clip (posted by ComicBook.com), the team encounters a fleet of spacecraft that seem to be angry with them — probably because Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) stole something from them. The clip also serves as a nice reminder that Drax (David Bautista) can’t keep a secret.
And during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, several of the featured cast members from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 brought along yet another clip from the film.
The clip, which runs just under a minute, depicts Star-Lord and the rest of his team taking on the massive, tentacled space creature seen in trailers for the film. After Drax decides to attack it from a different angle, Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon try a new approach.