Guardians of the Galaxy, released in 2014, was Marvel’s secret weapon – a wacky, left-of-field romp from an indie director and a bizarre cast of characters that pushed mainstream audiences’ tolerance of weird premises. Existing in its own corner of the Marvel universe, James Gunn’s film was free to chart its own path without the burden of expanded-universe crossovers.

In his sequel, the director’s sense of irreverent fun is very much present and correct, and the new additions to the ensemble cast slot effortlessly into the core lineup.

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