Empire’s new issue. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, the eagerly-awaited follow-up to Marvel’s most out-there blockbuster to date, shares some exclusive new concept art. This one shows what our heroes are up against this time out. Answer? This horrible-looking critter.
Resembling the product of a particularly successful Tinder date between an exogorth and a sarlacc, this furry-octo-monster is menacing Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), baby Groot (Vin Diesel) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper). We defy you not to enjoy the expression on Groot’s face. Everyone’s favourite sprout doesn’t seem to be taking this confrontation quite as seriously as the rest of the gang.
This so-far unnamed space beastie isn’t the only – or, indeed, main – threat the Guardians will be facing in the second volume. Elizabeth Debicki’s alien Ayesha is hungry for vengeance after they stitch her up early in the piece and has an army to help her on that mission. Then there’s Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his Ravagers, still in the picture but, hints director James Gunn, dealing with woes of their own. “There’s a mutiny and Taserface (Chris Sullivan) is a character that leads that,” he reveals.
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