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Empire Reveals New Covers & Images for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

With each passing day, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 inches closer and closer. Right now, the excitement for the Marvel sequel is at an all-time high, and shows absolutely no sign of slowing down. With the film over a month and change away from being released, the marketing period has been underway for a good amount of time. Now that the time for big chunks of new footage is over, the campaign has set its eyes on other tools, such as the awesome batch of new images below.

Big thanks to Empire Magazine for the slew of new looks below, which include the two Guardians featured covers – both basic and subscriber – that will be hitting shelves soon, as well as three new images, which reveal an exciting face-t0-face between Michael Rooker’s Yondu and Bradley Cooper’s Rocket, a team photo as they gaze dramatically into the sky, and the best of them all, a clear shot of Kurt Russell’s Ego the Living Planet, aka Star-Lord’s father.

While I’m sure no one needs reminding of who these characters are, but just in case you aren’t well versed in the Marvel universe, the team picture featured on the cover above Karen Gillan as Nebula, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Michael Rooker as Yondu, and of course, Vin Diesel’s Baby Groot and Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon.

As for the images, we get some great new stills of snippets we’ve seen featured throughout the trailers thus far, the biggest being the shot of Russell’s newly added character. As the new issue of Empire says, Pratt is the one who suggested Russell’s casting in a casual chat with director James Gunn. Recalling with Empire, both Gunn and Russell had this to say about the casting:

“I started writing for Kurt as I was finishing the screenplay,” Gunn recalls. “I would have been really disappointed if he’d said no.”

Fortunately Russell said yes, after checking out the first movie, which he’d missed the first time around. “Fifteen minutes in, I said, ‘I think I see why they’re coming to me…'” the former Snake Plissken tells Empire. “The baggage I bring from some of the movies I’ve done is the right kind of baggage to bring into this one.”

And finally, the Empire preview talks a bit about the character of Ego, specifically the giant sized planet version. Russell joked saying: “I’ve never played anybody bigger! I’ve never played a character with broader possibilities, I’ll say that.” Gunn, who hired original artist Hal Tenny to help him design the environmental side of Ego, also says Ego is pushing past the current state of visual effects:

“We have over a trillion polygons on Ego’s planet,” says Gunn proudly. “It’s the biggest visual effect of all time. There’s nothing even close to it. Which is cool.”

With the new issue hitting shelves here pretty soon, expect to here a bunch of more cool details leading into the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on May 5th, 2017. For now, let us know what you think of the new images you can see above, as well as what kind of expectations you’re going into this film with. How do the trailers look? Will it live up to the hype? Could it surpass everyone’s anticipation?

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