'Guardians of the Galaxy' is just fine. That's the problem

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The company is also launching a "Be the Guardian of Your Galaxy" sweepstakes at marvel.com/ecosport, where fans can win an EcoSport, hometown screening of the movie, one of 150 custom illustrations by a Marvel artist and other prizes. She was an Avenger in the comics, so keep your eyes on her for the major crossover coming in Avengers: Infinity War. James Gunn, the writer of those one-liners, also manages to direct some creative action set-pieces, and has cooked up a handful of "wow" moments at unusual planets and freakish aliens. Guardians of the Galaxy had the top domestic opening weekend ever for an August release, bringing in $94.3 million on its way to a worldwide total gross of $773.3 million by the time it left theaters.

Set to the backdrop of "Awesome Mixtape #2, ' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos".

It's probably all under wraps until Avengers 4 is out in 2019 - but Gunn has teased that it will start some kind of seismic shift in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In the "Guardians" sequel, out Friday, he gets to shine even more as his character gets an emotionally stirring plotline that is garnering much praise. By doing that, he grounds the film in something that is thoroughly engaging - and dare I say real - and that is the characters and their relationships to each other.

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Is it the last film in a trilogy?

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2". But Kevin Feige, the Marvel boss, says there may be more from this cohort of Guardians: "I think James in particular has an unbelievable connection with these characters and with this cosmic world". He thinks it would be an overhaul if they continue to appear in the franchise since by then their stories have already been fleshed out.

Does "Guardians 2" seem like a rehash?

The movie rallies, eventually, with its not-so-subtle message about family being what you make of it, cheeky humor and deftly chosen classic song soundtrack, weaving in tunes like Looking Glass' "Brandy" and Cat Stevens' "Father and Son". As the hulking Drax, Bautista's booming guffaws or deadpan one-liners are a consistent treat. Zoe Saldana's Gamora seems the odd Guardian out, too often given little more to do than deny Quill's claim that they've got a "Sam and Diane unspoken thing" goin' on. Instead this cartoonishly fun, if a bit labored, comic book adaptation sticks to a familiar formula for blockbuster part twos: "Here's everything you liked about the first movie, only more".

When will Guardians of the Galaxy 3 be released?

Oh, and we haven't even talked about Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), a golden-skinned warrior princess who leads an army of supposedly ideal creations who are rather bad at remote-control bombing missions. Unfortunately, it turns out that Kraglin isn't a guy who is big on safety when practicing with deadly weaponry.

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