Spoilers ahead for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
 
Arguably the biggest theme throughout the entirety of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was family. Nearly every character involved in the movie underwent various stages of growth both personally and in their relationships with those close to them.
 
With the main story arc of Vol. 2 involving Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) need to find his father, Ego (Kurt Russell), movie-goers were shocked to find that his father turned out to be the movie’s main antagonist.
 
Unbeknownst to Yondu — who has been hired by Ego to retrieve Peter from Earth — Ego had planned to use Peter’s powers to essentially cover every planet in the universe with his own organic material. Eventually, Yondu found out Ego’s True intentions and ultimately decided to raise Peter himself.
 
Towards the end of Vol. 2, Peter makes the realization that a dad isn’t necessarily always your biological father. In this case, Yondu ended up making the ultimate sacrifice so that Peter could live. Except Vol. 2 director James Gunn wasn’t always sure that the ending would have ended on that big of a heart breaker.
 
“I didn’t want that to be the ending, and I kind of refused to put that in as the ending for a long time. It wasn’t how the movie ended… But, at the end of the day, I knew that’s where it needed to go. I knew that we need to have real stakes in these movies,” Gunn told Uproxx. “We need to lose characters. And not everyone who sees Marvel movies loves that. They don’t love losing characters. But for the characters to really make a difference, to really make their lives mean something, you need to have these kinds of losses.”
 
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. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
 
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell.
 
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now playing in theaters.
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