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We are Groot: James Gunn shares emotional message with fans

We are Groot: James Gunn shares emotional message with fans

When Marvel announced a sequel was in the works, everyone wondered how they were going to manage to top Vol 1.

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" accounted for about 85% of Friday's total box office with $56.3 million (including Thursday's previews).

The space adventure movie, starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, also has done well worldwide, too.

The filmmaker, whose sequel to the Marvel movie has enjoyed one of the biggest box office openings of the year, said he felt "utterly alone" as a young person.

With Guardians 3 set after Infinity War, there's a good chance that the movie will explore the fallout from Gamora's war against Thanos.

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As it stands, Stan Lee has appeared in more Marvel movies than anyone else, including Robert Downey Jr., who reprises Tony Stark for an 8th time in this summer's Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Samuel L. Jackson, who has turned in 7 appearances out of the 9 in his contract.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now playing. These films have never just been superhero films, they are genre films.

The sudden appearance by a mysterious divine being who helped the Guardians when they were unable to escape wasn't - but it was obvious he was Quill's father, Ego (Kurt Russell).

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Because of the success of the first instalment, director James Gunn had already pledged a second film, adding on to the excitement of scores of fans - especially since the last film's plot had pointed, albeit subtly, of a meeting between The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. James Gunn returns to the sequel as writer and director, with numerous original cast.

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So, what is next for the Guardians and the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Gunn finished the post by confirming that he will spend the next three years developing a third "Guardians" film.

If there was one complaint - albeit very minor - it's that the Guardians still feel like a stand alone movie far, far away from the rest of the Marvel Universe. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 not only brings the Guardians back into the spotlight, including Baby Groot, but it also introduces new characters.

To underline that idea of quasi Grootian reincarnation, Guardians 2 cleverly repeats and reverses imagery from the first film; Groot rides on Rocket's shoulder the identical way Rocket once rode on his.

Crowds are eager to fill the seats of multiplexes and get their dose of intoxicating fun and fanfare. Star Lord yelling at Groot to buckle up is every inch a dad driving a rickety winnebago-a point that's driven home at the end of the movie during the emotional Cat Stevens musical cue and once again in Groot's post-credits sting.

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