Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Super Bowl spot

A quick-cut montage shows what being a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy entails. Here’s Gamora making a death-defying leap.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Super Bowl spot

Here are Rocket and Groot unleashing hell, probably on some Ravagers.

I’d like to take a moment to thank Guardians of the Galaxy for continuing to be the most colorful sub-franchise within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s not that Captain America or Iron Man are drab — and certainly none of the Marvel movies are as washed-out as the DCEU movies — but the colors in the Guardians movies are on a whole other level. They stray from the usual primary-color palette to incorporates deep purples and bright pinks alongside the usual blues and reds, and they have no qualms about cramming in an entire rainbow’s worth of hues in a single shot. These choices give the Guardians films a distinct look, and adds to the overall feeling of fun.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Super Bowl spot

Okay, now seems like as good a time as any to talk about the Ravagers, and what they’re doing in this film. As Peter learned, the Ravagers are hired by Ayesha to help hunt down the Guardians. Yondu tries to convince the Ravagers to turn her down, pointing out that by siding against the Guardians, they’re risking the ire of the Nova Corps. But the Ravagers are skeptical of their leader. Some of them think he’s too soft on Peter Quill, and a schism starts to form.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Super Bowl spot

Enter Taserface (Chris Sullivan), a Ravager who leads a mutiny against Yondu. This sets in motion that setpiece we saw above, with the bodies of Ravagers falling all around Yondu, Rocket, and Groot. The three of them are taken captive during the mutiny and must team up to make their escape. I guess it’s not a spoiler to reveal that they succeed. Presuambly, this means a permanent break for Yondu from the Ravagers, which will explain why he takes up with the Guardians.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Super Bowl spot

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen: your new Guardians of the Galaxy, now with Mantis, Yondu, and Nebula. Are those last three permanent additions to the roster, or are their alliances only temporary? Time will tell, but it is worth pointing out that Mantis and Nebula are already confirmed to appear with the Guardians in Avengers: Infinity War.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Super Bowl spot

Guardians being Guardians, it immediately undercuts this hero shot by taking out one of the Guardians.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Super Bowl spot

It’s bad enough that Star-Lord and Gamora seem stunned.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Super Bowl spot

But don’t blame Drax — he did yell a warning, even if it was a little too late to make a difference. “I tried, guys,” he says.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Super Bowl spot

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