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The full marketing push for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is still probably about six weeks off, but that doesn’t mean Disney and Marvel Studios are going to run silent until then. The film could be getting a “Big Game” television spot this weekend and a feature in USA Today offers a handful of  new images and details.

For director James Gunn, the success of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starts with being as different from the rest of the comic book movie genre as its predecessor was in 2014.

“The first movie was successful because we took chances and gave people the unexpected. This movie can only really be what it is, Guardians can only be what they are, if they’re taking a risk. It means giving them a much different movie.”

As different as GotG Vol. 2 promises to be, family is still going to be at the heart of the franchise. The first film spent a lot of time on Peter Quill/Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) lifelong struggle with the loss of his mother. The sequel will introduce him to his father, Ego (Kurt Russell), a literal living planet. Russell spoke a bit about his character.

“Ego is the most powerful character I’m ever going to play. I mean, he created himself! He’s the real deal.”

The movie could wind up feeling a bit like 4 Guardians and a baby thanks to Baby Groot (Vin Diesel), the diminutive reincarnation of the lovable tree of few words who sacrificed himself in the first movie. Everyone on the team is responsible for Groot, but don’t expect Quill to grow up all that fast to meet the challenge, as Pratt warned.

 “I don’t know if Quill is ever going to be a fully functioning, responsible adult.”

Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) will take on the primary parental roles in the Guardians family. Saldana explained the annoyance and frustration her character faces and how she must work through it.

“She’s surrounded by all these dudes who are so stupid half the time. She has to be the voice of reason.”

The article clarifies how Mantis (Pom Klementieff) enters the story. She is the confidante of Russell’s Ego. As the trailer teased, Drax (Dave Bautista) is a big fan of Mantis and the two are set to become fast friends. Bautista gave an update on the Destroyer.

“He looks like this big tough brute but there’s a sense of innocence and heartbreak about him.”

Perhaps Mantis will help the very literal Drax unlock more of the feelings that have been with him since the loss of his family.

For more Guardians goodness, see the new images below. Pay special attention to the one with Yondu (Michael Rooker). They showed that sequence at San Diego Comic-Con last year and it is equal parts badass and hilarious.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is in theaters May 5.