Peter Quill, aka Starlord, along with Gamora, Drax, Rocket the Racoon, and Baby Groot have formed the Guardianas of the Galaxy. While on a mission for the Sovereign race, Rocket steals the batteries they are supposed to be protecting in exchange for Nebula, Gamora’s adopted sister, who was caught attempting to steal the goods herself.
When Rocket’s betrayal is found out the Sovereigns attack the Guardians, nearly destroying their ship. But a mysterious figure destroys the drones attacking their ship and the group crash lands on a nearby planet.
While there Peter is approached by the man who helped to save them…Ego. He says that he is Peter’s father. And when he invites Quill, Gamora and Drax to accompany him to his home planet things go from weird…to weirder.
Something bigger is going on here. And it may take all the Guardians and everyone they know to help figure things out.
-Creator: created by Marvel Cinematic Studios, based on the characters created by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
-Length: 137 minutes
-Rating: PG-13 (for mild sex and nudity, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild use of alcohol, moderate frightening and intense scenes)
-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library
-Main Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debiki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russel
-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book
Review (contains spoilers):
This is a fantastic continuation to so many things in the MCU.
The deep discussions for sure. This one is all about what makes a family. We get to see how much Quill loved his mother and how much he longs for his father. When Ego appears it is so poetic. Its at a time when Quill is seriously reconsidering his connections to the world.
But in the end he realizes the essence of one of my favorite quotes: The Blood of the Covenant is thicker than the Water of the Womb.
The family we CHOOSE is closer, more loyal and oftentimes better for us than the people who are simply related to us through or “family line”.
A dad doesn’t have to be a birth father…just as a sibling can be a friend. We choose our lovers, our partners… so many things in life so why not our family too.
The end off for Yondu at the end is beautiful as well. It is one of the many ways that we see a subtle tells into the greater lore of the worlds without just being told about it. These are the things that the MCU does so beautifully.
They don’t pull punches and they don’t treat their audience as if we are stupid and need everything spelled out for us.
Sometimes it’s the beauty of a ritual that means the world.
And as always…it never hurts to throw in a killer soundtrack. And a baby Groot.