Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Opens May 5

Rocket Raccoon in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer
Rocket Raccoon in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer

Hamptons fan Bradley Cooper reprises his voice acting role as everyone’s favorite raccoon who swear he’s not a raccoon—Rocket Raccoon—in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, opening around the country on May 5, which really means it will be on Hamptons screens Thursday evening, May 4. Tickets are already on sale.

For those who haven’t seen the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, released in 2014, it’s a fun and rollicking adventure based in Marvel Comics’ cosmic universe. The first film, which you should rent or stream posthaste, is about five space rogues who team up to become unlikely heroes and save the galaxy from the evil Kree Ronan the Accuser (played by Lee Pace of AMC’s brilliant Halt and Catch Fire) and his dark master Thanos, played by the inestimable Josh Brolin.

The team includes the charming but somewhat dopey Peter “Starlord” Quill (Chris Pratt), a human who was abducted into space by space pirates called the Ravagers after his mother’s untimely death from cancer. Fast forward 26 years, and Quill is steals an orb that everyone in the galaxy seems to want.

Hearing the news that Quill took the orb, Ronan puts a bounty on his head and sends a deadly assassin named Gamora (Zoe Saldana)—the team’s next member—to get the orb from Quill. As these two fight it out over the orb on a planet called Xandar, a pair of bounty hunters—two more team members—including a sweet but dangerous giant tree creature called Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and his diminutive talking raccoon friend Rocket (Cooper), join the melee in order to collect Quill’s bounty.

All four end up in prison together, where they meet the final member of their crew, Drax (played by WWE wrestler Dave Bautista), a powerful inmate at the prison who goes after Gamora because of her association with Ronan—the alien responsible for killing his family.

As with all good comic hero fights, the group ends up teaming up, stopping Ronan (eventually) and saving the galaxy. These events are also part of a broader story that’s shown up throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe—we’ll learn more about that in Avengers: Infinity War, starring Hamptonite Scarlett Johansson and due out in May 2018.

Without giving too much more about what happens in the first film, Vol. 2 begins with a much-changed Groot and a unified team who must now figure out the mystery of Quill’s parentage and why he was taken from Earth.

If this is even half as fun as the original Guardians movie, it’s a must-watch.

See for yourself in the trailer below.

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