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Ranking the MCU: The Road to ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – #14

In May of 2017 we got the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the most popular franchises in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. This was the third movie in Phase Three of the MCU. In this we saw the return of Chris Pratt as Star Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Karen Gillan as Nebula. As for the new cast we met a handful of new characters such as Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Sylvester Stallone as Stakar Ogord, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, and Kurt Russell as Ego.

The movie takes place in 2014 where the Guardians find themselves working for a Queen named Ayesha who is the leader of an alien race called, The Sovereign. They were hired to protect priceless batteries from an inter-demential alien come to destroy them in exchange for Gamora’s sister Nebula who the Sovereign have captured, which they successfully do. When the Guardians leave Rocket says that he has stolen the batteries with intention to sell them until the Sovereign realize they have been stolen and decide to attack the Guardians. Just as the Guardians and their ship is about to be destroyed a mysterious being destroys all of the Sovereign’s fleet but the Guardians crash land on a nearby planet, where the mysterious stranger reveals himself to be Peter Quill’s father, Ego. Ego and his assistant Mantis then invite Peter, Gamora, and Drax back to his nearby home planet while Rocket and Groot stay back to fix the ship and guard Nebula

Ayesha finds an hires Yondu and his crew, who have been exiled for child trafficking, to find the Guardians and bring them back to her. They capture Rocket and Groot, but Yondu hesitates to turn over Quill causing his lieutenant, Taserface, to stage a mutiny with help from Nebula. While Taserface imprisons Rocket and Groot, Nebula leaves to find Gamora who she blames for the torture she received at the hands of Thanos. Rocket and Yondu begin to form a bond and work together with Kraglin, who has remained loyal to Yondu, and Groot to free themselves which in turn they destroy the ship and the crew but not before Taserface warns Ayesha.

When we return to Ego and the Guardians it is revealed that he is a Celestial, who can control matter around him and has created the planet as well as the human projection of himself to discover purpose but in turn meets Pete’s mother Meredith, whom he falls in love with. Ego reveals he hired Fondu to collect Peter after his mother’s death only for Yondu to keep him. Ego then begins to teach Peter to manipulate matter as a Celestial. Nebula then arrives and tries to kill Gamora, but then come to a truce when they discover a cavern of skeletal remains. Ego then tells Peter that he has traveled the galaxy leaving “terraforms” of himself so that he can create new extensions of himself but can only be activated by two celestials. It is revealed that Ego impregnated thousands of alien woman only to have Yondu collect them ad bring them to him in order to see if the carried the celestial gene and if not they were killed. Peter then helps him activate the terraforms which begin taking over the worlds but stops when Ego reveals that he had Peter’s mom killed for fear of falling in love and never returning to his home planet.

Mantis then informs Drax of Ego’s plan, then Gamora and Nebula also learn of the plan as Rocket, Yondu, Groot, and Kraglin arrive. As this all begin the Sovereign have discovered them and begin attacking. The Guardians reunite at Ego’s brain which is the planet’s core. Rocket constructs a bomb with the stolen batteries which is placed by Groot at the core. While Peter fights Ego, the Guardians and Mantis flee right before the bomb explodes killing Ego and the planet. Unfortunately Fondu sacrifices himself to save Peter and reveals to Peter he kept him from Ego to save him from the horrible future Ego planned for him. Nebula then leaves revealing she has her own plans to kill Thanos and the Guardians hold a funeral for Fondu where hundreds of Ravager ships emerge and acknowledge his sacrifice, giving him a Ravager funeral and accepting him as a Ravager once again.

In the mid/post credit scenes we see Kraglin playing with Yondu’s telekinetic arrow and control fin while Ravager leader, Stakar Ogord, played by Sylvester Stallone, reunites with his ex-teammates who in the comics are the original Guardians of the Galaxy, and also Groot as a teenager. But the most important scene is the one where we see Ayesha creating a new artificial being named, “Adam”, referring to Adam Warlock who is a famous comic book character.

While the movie didn’t live up to the original, it still brought back the laughs (however
forced at times) to the sequel and brought us another entertaining movie. Personally I enjoyed the movie but once again it didn’t bring the firepower that a lot of the movies higher on the list did. The Guardians hold a special place in all of our hearts and have something unique that none of the other movies can bring.

So what do you guys think? Do you agree with our ranking of Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 at #14 on our list? Do you think that it needs to be higher or lower? Let us know in the comments below!

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