Dave Bautista's Drax makeup took only ninety minutes to apply, down from four hours for the first film. However, he would have to sit in a sauna at the end of the day to get the makeup off.
According to the VFX artists, Ego's planet VFX comprises a trillion polygons, and is considered to be the biggest visual effect ever made.
James Gunn choreographed and served as the motion-capture model for Groot's dance during the opening credits sequence. It took the visual effects team nearly two years to complete the CG rendering of the scene for the final film.
Prop master Russell Bobbitt had difficulty finding the cassette decks used in the first film and all of the Sony Walkman headphones they found were broken. Bobbitt contacted Sony to see if they had any available for filming, which they did not, so he eventually created six from scratch.
According to Chris Pratt, the film's script helped him come to terms with the death of his father.
As Groot only communicates with the phrase, "I am Groot," in different inflections, James Gunn created a "Groot Version" of the script for himself and Vin Diesel, which contains each of Groot's lines in English.
In the Guardians of the Galaxy comics, Taserface is a warrior from the cybernetically enhanced race known as The Stark. The Stark are a race that found Iron Man technology that accidentally crashed on their homeworld and as a result, worship Tony Stark (a.k.a Iron Man) as their god.
Prop master Russell Bobbitt created a 1:1 scale model of the 10-inch (25 cm) Baby Groot for filming to use as a lighting reference, and sometimes puppeteered against the actors during the filming.
Director James Gunn revealed that he and Kevin Feige wanted David Bowie to appear in a cameo before his death on January 10, 2016.
In the comics, Mantis is human, and acquired her skills by living with the Kree. James Gunn chose to make her an alien in the film because he wanted Peter Quill to be the only one of the main characters to come from Earth.
The stinkbug that gets eaten in the film was actually made of chocolate and black honey.
Chris Pratt said that he found the workout regimen for his shirtless scene much easier compared to the first film, because he was already in great shape going into the film. For Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Pratt was sixty pounds overweight when he started working out. For this film, however, he said he had maintained his buff physique acquired from the first film.
After many rumors, Karen Gillan reprised her role as Nebula without shaving her head.
In an interview for the film, Karen Gillan explained that Nebula "is a pretty angry woman, with some daddy issues and that, in the second movie, we're going to start to see how much pain her father actually caused her, and we're going to delve right into the relationship with her sister Gamora. I think we might even feel a tinge of sympathy towards her this time."
The sensor that Peter Quill looks at when detecting the extra-dimensional creature is a modified 1977 Mattel handheld 'Electronic Football' game. Selling over 1 million units, this was one of the hottest items of Christmas 1977.
In the cinematic Marvel comic book universe timeline, the film takes place in 2014, three months after Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). It takes place a year after Thor: The Dark World (2013), before or after Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), and a year before Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Ego arrived on Earth and began his relationship with Meredith Quill in 1980, which took place thirty-eight years after Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and thirty-two years before The Avengers (2012).
Gary Oldman, Viggo Mortensen, Christoph Waltz, Christopher Plummer, Max von Sydow, and Liam Neeson were considered for the role of Ego.
The idea of self-contained minds spontaneously appearing into existence is called "Boltzmann brains." This is a metaphysical conundrum raised by quantum mechanics, and concludes that in a universe that exists forever, you are more likely to be a "Bolzmann brain" hallucinating reality than a real being.
This sequel was announced a week before the release of Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) at San Diego Comic-Con 2014.
This is the first feature film shot with Red Digital Cinema's Weapon Dragon 8K digital camera. The camera uses a VistaVision sized digital sensor, based on the 35mm format developed in the 1950s that ran film horizontally rather than vertically for a larger negative.
In an interview, director James Gunn said that most of the questions will be answered in this film that remained unanswered in the first.
Elizabeth Debicki was cast as Ayesha because of her 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) height. During filming she wore platform shoes to increase her height to 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
The teaser poster is a parody of the cover for The Ramones' album Rocket to Russia.
Director James Gunn previously said that Stan Lee's cameo in this film is one of the four Lee cameos filmed in one day. In addition to this film, Gunn directed two other cameos, one being Doctor Strange, and another one in which he did not specify.
Chris Pratt said that he thought Michael Rooker has the best shirtless scene in the film because he said Rooker's shirtless scene is actually about showing vulnerability and developing Yondu's character, you learn something about him in the moment but his own scene was just to show off his body and did not really add anything to Peter Quill.
According to director James Gunn, Kurt Russell was de-aged for the film's opening flashback (set in the 1980s) by visual effects company Lola VFX, in what was a "long, painstaking process that took many, many months to accomplish." He continued, "I know Lola did Michael Douglas and I think they did Tony Stark and Steve Rogers as well. They're the best at what they do, and keep getting better."
Bradley Cooper recorded his lines for Rocket while wearing a performance capture headpiece in the recording studio, to perfectly synchronize Rocket's voice and facial expressions. This had not been done in the first movie.
Chris Sullivan's Taserface makeup took two and a half to three and a half hours to apply.
Director James Gunn clearly stated that this sequel would not set up Avengers: Infinity War.
Laura Haddock who plays the character Meredith Quill, Peter Quill's mother, also appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) as a fan of Captain America.
Vin Diesel recorded Groot's voice for sixteen foreign-language releases of the film, up from six in the first film.
In September 2015, James Gunn said in a Facebook post that he wanted to use the Sneepers, an alien race that first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1964, as background characters in the film, but he was advised against it by Marvel's legal department because the name was too similar to "snípur", the Icelandic word for "clitoris". The Marvel legal department later cleared the use of Sneepers in the film, in part because of the entire media coverage Gunn's initial post received.
Yondu's replacement, larger head-fin brings the character's look closer to his comic counterpart.
Matthew McConaughey was considered to play Ego, but passed on the role in favor of The Dark Tower (2017).
In the comics, Mantis is half-German and half-Vietnamese. She is portrayed in the film by Pom Klementieff, who has a South Korean mother and a French-Russian father.
Director James Gunn went on record in an interview that he wants to give Nebula her own spin-off movie.
Karen Gillan's makeup took two and a half hours to apply, down from five hours for the first film.
When the character of Ayesha was first introduced in the comics, she was just named "Her" (since she was created as a counterpart to the character Adam Warlock, originally named "Him"). She then took on the name "Kismet,"and then was renamed yet again as "Ayesha." In "Fantastic Four" #11 (by Chris Claremont, Salvador Larroca and Art Thibert) the Four ask her for her name, and she replies: "I have had many, but the most appropriate is Ayesha: She--who must be obeyed!" Both the name "Ayesha" and the sobriquet "She who must be obeyed" are references to the 1880s adventure novel She: A History of Adventure by H. Rider Haggard. The main character of the story was also a priestess named Ayesha (also referred to throughout as "She-who-must-be-obeyed"). The elaborate Art Deco-style costume and production design for this movie's Ayesha is also a nod to the most famous movie adaptation of Haggard's novel, She (1935).
This film is part of Chapter Three of Phase Three in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel Studios made a statement regarding the future of the "Guardians" franchise, which said Avengers: Infinity War (2018) will take place four years after this film, which in turn takes place in 2014, three months after Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
According to director James Gunn, John C. Reilly could not reprise his role as Corpsman Dey, due to scheduling conflicts.
Director James Gunn cast Michelle Yeoh in the film as a tribute to 90s Hong Kong films, which he is a fan of.
Olivia Jackson the stunt women for Nebula on the original Guardians of the Galaxy suffered Traumatic Brain Injury and left arm injury which led to an amputation, as well as multiple fractures to the left side of her face which required reconstructive surgery. These injuries occurred when she struck a misplaced camera crane whilst performing a motorcycle stunt during filming for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Coincidentally, Nebula returns on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with a prosthetic left arm and reconstructive left side face.
To make the Ravagers' belts, prop master Russell Bobbitt had his team cut the leather themselves rather than buying existing belts, and then parts from different electronic devices such as radios and cell phones were glued together to make each belt "a unique piece of art".
On March 23, 2016, Chris Pratt announced a fundraiser to help support the Lake Stevens' Boys and Girls Club from where he grew up. By donating, you would get a chance to visit Pratt, and eat lunch with him on the set of this film.
Ego's name is Latin for "I am." The Hebrew name for God, Yahweh, also means "I am," and God identifies himself as such in the Book of Exodus.
Benicio Del Toro, who portrayed the Collector in the first film, expressed interest in portraying the character again despite Marvel not contacting him about the sequel.
Glenn Close filmed scenes of Nova Prime Irani Rael, but they were cut out of the film for running time purposes.
Mantis compares the idea of Ego's planet form having people settle on him as like inviting fleas to live on your body. In Rocket Raccoon #6 published in 2014, Rocket takes a job exterminating giant fleas that have settled on Ego.
The film's subtitle is a nod to Star-Lord's Awesome Mixtape Vol. 1 tape from Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
The edible yarrow root was designed to resemble enlarged pollen grains, and was made of non-dairy white chocolate.
The ironic thing about Gamora not enjoying dancing is actress Zoe Saldana actually has a deep background in dancing, with Ballet being her first passion.
This film marks the fifth collaboration between James Gunn and Michael Rooker. The other four films were Slither (2006), Super (2010), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), and The Belko Experiment (2016), which Gunn wrote.
Kurt Russell has appeared in many Disney films over the past fifty-one years. This will be his first Disney film and superhero film since filming Sky High (2005).
Director James Gunn noted that many of the crew from the first film, such as cinematographer Ben Davis and production designer Charles Wood, signed on to work on Doctor Strange (2016). However, due to a late change in production schedule to a November 2015 start, they were unable to work on this film.
Cast members Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone previously worked together in Tango & Cash (1989).
This is Michael Rosenbaum's first foray as a Marvel Comics character. He previously played several live action and animated DC Comics characters, including Lex Luthor on the TV series "Smallville" (2001) as well as "The Flash" in several animated TV shows and movies.
This film takes place 6 months after the first, placing the events in 2014-2015. Stan Lee's cameo refers to him being a postman, a potential reference to his cameo in Captain America: Civil War. The events in that film, however, take place in 2016. Alternatively, this may be a reference to his cameo in the first Fantastic Four (that was commercially released) where he played a mailman.
First MCU sequel to use a number rather than a subtitle (in this case, Vol. 2) since Iron Man 3 (2013). All other sequels since Iron Man 3 (2013) have used a subtitle, such as Thor: The Dark World (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). The only other sequel to use a number rather than a subtitle is Iron Man 2 (2010).
Jeff Goldblum has a brief cameo. Both he and Chris Pratt have appeared in different films from the "Jurassic Park" series. Golblum appeared in the original "Jurassic Park" (1993) along with its 1997 sequel. Pratt starred in "Jurassic World" (2015) and its upcoming sequel. Pratt and Golblum will also both star in the Jurassic World sequel.
Jim Gunn Sr. and Leota Gunn, parents of director James Gunn and Sean Gunn (Kraglin), make cameo appearances in the film.
Vin Diesel's high pitched voice for Baby Groot's voice was done on his own, his performance required no digital altercations of any kind.
Vin Diesel and Kurt Russell previously appeared together in Furious 7 (2015) and The Fate of the Furious (2017).
Three actors with ties to the Stargate franchise appear in this movie: Kurt Russell starred in the original film as Colonel Jack O'Neill; Michael Rooker appeared in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Enemy Mine" as Colonel Edwards; and Ben Browder starred as Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell in seasons 9-10 of Stargate SG-1 as well as the films Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum.
Kevin Smith reviews Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on his youtube show Fatman on Batman. Smith mentions that he was hooked from the opening scene due to the song "Brandy" by Looking Glass, as he's a huge fan of it. Smith goes on to mention that he named the character of Brandi Svenning, portrayed by Claire Forlani, in Mallrats (1995) because of that song. Coincidentally, Michael Rooker also stars in Mallrats, portraying Brandi's Father and is the main antagonist of that film.
Michael Rooker and Sylvester Stallone worked together in Cliffhanger (1993), a movie about a mountain climber rescue team set on a snow covered mountain, where their characters start out with a strained relationship. Coincidentally, in this movie when the meet each other, it is snowing, and they are also on bad terms with each other.
Special effects artists used a clip of director James Gunn actually dancing for reference during Baby Groot's opening dance sequence.
Kurt Russell and Michael Rooker's second appearance together after 24 years. The first was in Tombstone (1993).
Sylvester Stallone is the second actor from "The Expendables" franchise to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Mickey Rourke was the first, starring in Iron Man 2 (2010).
This film was released the same year as other comic book movies such as Logan (2017), The LEGO Batman Movie (2017), Wonder Woman (2017), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Justice League (2017) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
Dave Bautista was a villain in the James Bond movie Spectre (2015). In this movie, he plays Drax, which was also the name of the main villain in the Bond movie Moonraker (1979).
Kurt Russell's character, Ego, uses the word 'fortuitous'. His character, Wyatt Earp, in 'Tombstone', stated he knew what it meant.
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