guardians of the galaxy vol 2

Make-Up

It now takes only an hour and a half to apply Drax’s full body tattoos, down from four hours at the conclusion of filming the original movie (which was significantly down from the beginning of principal photography). It’s apparently an entirely different process which is much easier to apply but hard to take off. Dave Bautista has to sit in a sauna at the end of the day while three guys rub the makeup application off of his body. A team of five men applies the makeup every day.

Karen Gillan‘s make-up application for Nebula now only takes two and a half-hours before filming each day, down from five hours on the first movie. The first time around she completely shaved her head bald, but this time around she only has to shave half of her head for the role. When Gillan did the first Guardians film, they told her it would be eight days of filming, and it ballooned to 18.

While on set, Pom Klementieff wears dots on her face because her head will be augmented by CGI in the final film. She also has two small antenna sticking out of the top of her forehead which will be extended and animated with CG.

guardians of the galaxy vol 2 behind the scenes

Expanding Outward and Beyond

This story extends outward and makes this universe bigger rather than smaller. The scope of the film is “as big, if not bigger than the first movie.” We will visit four or five planets in this story and “see glimpses of two or three other worlds.” The film will go out further into the far reaches of Marvel’s galaxy, but we will see Earth in the movie as well. But none of the Guardians of the Galaxy will be visiting our planet in this sequel. James Gunn thinks this film will feel like “a departure from the first movie,” but just like the first film, this sequel will be very different than what anyone expects.

Thanos will not appear in this film, nor will any infinity stones, but his presence will be felt. The film will explore that dynamic between Nebula and Gamora as adopted sisters who both, who both raised in less than ideal circumstances by Thanos. They talk about it for the first time, and it’s described as a conversation using both words and physicality. Nebula must decide if she wants to kill Gamora or is she “going to set aside this sort of internal rage within her.” Nebula teams up with Taserface for much of the movie. Don’t expect Nebula to cross over to the good side completely in this film.

Kevin Feige says that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is more of a standalone story than Captain America: Civil War. This sequel is more focused on the characters than setting up the Marvel galactic universe. This film is about their evolution as heroes, as their own internal family as the group. Thanos and Infinity Stones don’t make an appearance, and The Avengers and Thor are not mentioned. That said, the team at the end of this sequel will “inform future things, but there‚Äôs nothing that nods directly towards it.”

John C. Reilly‘s character Corpsman Dey is not in this film but Glenn Close‘s character Nova Prime will appear at some point. Don’t expect this movie to feature much of the Nova Corps.

guardians of the galaxy vol 2 behind the scenes

The Props

While we were on set, Chris Pratt’s wardrobe included a t-shirt with a logo of a candy from the first movie written in an alien language.

Prop master Russell Bobbitt had problems finding the cassette decks used in the first film. Almost all of the headsets they found were broken, and they called Sony to try to procure more for the filming of the movie, but even the company didn’t have any headsets left. They went on eBay and could only find three pairs, and they were going for around $1800. And those three pairs were not even the exact model. So the propmaster had to manufacture six headsets from scratch.

Two sets of blasters were created for the second film, including a thinner one so that it doesn’t look bulky in quills holster. This time around, the blaster cartridge is removable, so they can show Quill reload the blaster.

The prop team had to create a ton of new steampunk-looking weapons and belts, mostly for the Ravengers.

Baby Groot is ten inches tall. The propmaster created a 1:1 model that is used as a lighting reference and sometimes puppeteered against the actors during the filming of scenes. I got to hold this insanely detailed soft figure. Six was created for the film, each with an aluminum armature which allows them to pose him in any way needed for a sequence. When the Baby Groot figure/puppet is on set, James Gunn treats him almost like he is an actor.

Howard the Duck

Post-Credits Scenes and Easter Eggs

A couple of post-credits sequences are written into the screenplay, one that ties into something bigger, but we were told the ideas could change by the final cut of the film. James Gunn said only the following about the post-credit scenes: “You guys saw my last tag, right? I had two tags, one was a baby dancing Groot, and the other one is fucking Howard the Duck. That’s my tags. I wouldn’t wait. I don’t think the fate of the Marvel universe is gonna, don’t wait.”

This film will top the original film in terms of Easter Eggs. James Gunn says “Our Easter egg obsession is insane. In fact, I have the dumbest Easter egg. We have so many incredibly obscure Easter eggs in this movie that it’s ridiculous. Yeah, we’ve been working hard on the Easter eggs. I feel this need to do it now since people have been pouring over stuff so much.”

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