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6. Nebula and Gamora’s Relationship is a Highlight

In the new movie, we learn a lot more about the relationship between Gamora and Nebula — specifically, why Nebula is so pissed off at Gamora all the time. Deepening that relationship is one of the film’s strongest subplots, and as you might expect, there was a considerable amount of discussion devoted to the strong female characters on the panel:

Feige: There are lots and lots of great female characters in the comics that we want to bring to life on screen, and it was very important to James to include these characters – and more than just include them, but give them their own storyline and have it be more than just their ability to fight or romance with a male character. That’s why I think Nebula and Gamora are a high point of the movie, and that relationship is one of the biggest and best arcs in the whole movie, that sister relationship.

Saldana: I think what I loved the most, and it may sound selfish, but, definitely the relationship between Gamora and Nebula. I’m one of three sisters. I’ve been itching and yearning to see more of a female presence in action films, because I love action films and I’m not that deep. I love watching The Equalizer and I’ll watch that 50 times over any kind of dramatic piece. So to have a film with three female characters that are adding such unique qualities to the film and they are very relevant and their relationships are explored deeply, I was appreciative and super excited.

Karen Gillan: Zoe literally teaches me how to fight while we’re doing it. She’ll be like, ‘Turn your head like that, straddle someone like that, and you’re going to look cool.’ And I’m like, ‘Yes! Thank you!’

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7. Zoe Saldana Wants to Star in a Dune Movie

At one point during the junket, Saldana mentioned that she’s been a part of three different major sci-fi film franchises. When asked if there was another she’d like to join, she thought for a second and said:

Dune. I was Lady Jessica every other Halloween. When I wasn’t a Bene Gesserit, I was a ninja. So I would love to be in Dune. And I heard that Denis Villeneuve is thinking about revisiting it, and I hope he decides to do it. I am one of those people that [thinks] David Lynch did a great job, but I was six when I saw Dune. (laughs) It would be Dune.

Mr. Villeneuve, it sounds like you know who to get on the line when casting begins.

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8. Gunn Plays the Film’s Music on the Set

Music is obviously a key part of the Guardians movies, and some of you may already know that Gunn chooses the songs for the soundtrack before filming begins and actually has the actors listen to them while they’re acting on set. Kevin Feige elaborated on that:

He does that not just with songs, but also with Tyler Bates’ score. So a year before we started filming, James was sharing the story and the script with Tyler Bates, and Tyler starts writing the score suites. There were a couple of really moving pieces in the movie that he did before so he could play it on set, which, no other film that I am a part of does that.

Gunn himself took to Facebook on Friday night to share more about the topic.

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9. Kurt Russell’s Makeup Guy Deserves a Raise

For this one, I’m going to have to spoil a tiny aspect of the film that you literally see in the first shot. It’s not a big deal, but if you’re looking to go into the movie completely fresh, maybe just move to the final entry on the list.

Last warning: minor spoilers ahead.

Everyone knows Kurt Russell’s Ego is Peter Quill’s father, but this film opens with a flashback of a digitally de-aged Russell hanging out with Quill’s mother. To my eye, the effect was slightly more impressive than Marvel’s previous attempts to pull off the same kind of thing with Tony Stark in Civil War and Hank Pym in Ant-Man, and to hear Russell tell it, a big reason for that is because of his personal makeup guy.

Dennis Liddiard’s been my makeup man for 28 movies. Before we went in there, we assumed it was going to be all CGI. He said to James and the photographer, ‘Hey, I can young this guy down. I’ve got some tricks in my bad. Would that be helpful?’ And they said, ‘Yeah, as much as you can, that’d be great.’ I was speaking to the gal last night who does the CGI, and she said, ‘What do you think about what we did?’ And I said, ‘I thought it was great, but I understand you didn’t do a whole lot.’ And she said, ‘No, we didn’t. We touched it up here and there, but he did a fantastic job.’ He does have a lot of tricks, not just cosmetics. There’s a lot that goes into that, actually. It’s not just what you think. Without giving away things, because I hate giving away tricks, you have to create an impression, not an image. There’s stuff that goes into that. You want him to look certain places but not look other places. And then when you’ve got the help of modern-day abilities with technology, I think it’s a much more natural look.

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10. Dave Bautista Lost His Voice Doing Drax’s Laugh

In Vol. 2, Bautista’s Drax moves from a damaged, vengeful literalist to pure comic relief. It’s a significant shift for the character, and wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista was totally up for the challenge. Everyone I’ve talked to who’s seen the movie loves Drax in it. As you’ve seen in the trailers, Drax’s huge laugh factors into the movie a couple of times, and when asked if his real laugh sounds anything like Drax’s, Bautista revealed that he actually laughed so loud on set that he lost his voice.

It’s nothing like [mine] at all. Everybody knows that I’m a very understated person. I’m a little soft-spoken. But James is very big on Drax being larger than life and projecting, he’s constantly telling me to project…the laugh came about just as a complete accident. I was laughing, and he said, ‘Can you do it louder?’ and the louder I started laughing, the louder I could hear him laughing. He was doing it to amuse himself and he just wanted the bigger, louder laugh, so I just kept getting it bigger and bigger until I lost my voice.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters this Friday, May 5, 2017.

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