The idea of Kurt Russell being involved in any movie is reason to be excited about it, let alone the fact the movie is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. After various months of speculation, it was confirmed at Marvel’s 2016 San Diego Comic-Con panel that Russell will in fact be playing Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) father in the character of Ego. There is a lot to consider when looking at that casting. First, it will be great to see Pratt and Russell interact with each other as both have great on-screen presence. Second, how exactly will director James Gunn take a character that is normally a giant planet and translate him down into humanoid form.
A More Grounded ‘Guardians’ Story?
While speaking to Collider (via ScreenCrush) about Deepwater Horizon, the conversation turned to the Guardians. Russell wasn’t too concerned about the galactic intricacies of his character’s origin, he was drawn to the script due to it’s potential for a great story:
Well, I’m doing the #2 one, right? So I was really impressed that all of the people on the set were so excited because they felt this was so much stronger than the first one, that they really knew what they were doing and the story itself was strong. That pervaded the set. James and everybody else felt like ‘We got our sea legs on the first one, now we can really go.’
2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a huge success for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and was a breath of fresh air to those of us inundated with the superhero movie landscape. It is great to hear that all those involved with the first film are enthusiastic about coming back for the sequel. Russell continued with some more thoughts about Vol. 2, speaking about how the film will be “more connected to human issues.”
I was impressed with the stuff that I saw at Comic-Con, but they didn’t show you everything [laughs]. It’s a very complex story, and they really get into it. This is going to be one of the more—probably for Marvel, it’s more connected to human issues, family issues, parental issues, and issues that sons and daughters have with their moms and dads and their family tree, where they come from. I just think it’s going to be an interesting— Peter’s character in this one, he’s got dilemmas and he’s got decisions to make that are not just about whether to save that thing or that person. This is about finding out who you are, where you come from, and where you’re going.
There is just so much to be excited about the upcoming sequel. Whether it be the endearing presence of baby/toddler Groot, the idea that Yondu and Nebula look to be on the other side of the conflict helping the Guardians, or Kurt Russell’s comments about family, Vol. 2 is sure to be one of the most anticipated films of 2017. What say you? Do Russell’s comments about family drama intrigue you. Let us know in the comments below!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will hit theaters on May 5, 2017.