'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Concept Art Shows Off New Team, Including Mantis and Baby Groot

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Concept Art Shows Off New Team, Including Mantis and Baby Groot

Jul 15, 2016

If there's room for excitement for another rogue team of space adventurers today, we've got a new look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for you. It's not footage or even a production still, but it is still notable at this stage of the lead-up to next year's release.

Director James Gunn and Entertainment Weekly joined together to share, in his words, the "first bit of concept art of our new Guardians." That phrasing, from Gunn's tweet, seems to imply that this is an image (by Marvel Studios Visual Development Supervisor Andy Park) of the movie's team of heroes.

You'll notice there are some fresh faces and possible alignment changes.

Firstly deserving of mention is Mantis, who is being played by Pom Klementieff. The Marvel superhero is, at least in the comics, a human raised in space by Kree priests who believed her to be a "Celestial Madonna." There's a lot more to her, but we have no idea what her story will be in the sequel. Here's a slightly helpful quote in the EW article from executive producer Jonathan Schwartz about the character: "She has never really experienced social interaction. Everything she learns about dealing with people, she learns from the Guardians of the Galaxy, which is a very weird group to learn your social intricacies from."

Schwartz also hinted that Groot is a different character from the Groot in the first Guardians. "He doesn’t have the wisdom and experience of that Groot,” he says. “He’s a younger Groot and a more rambunctious Groot." So it's possible that this "Baby Groot," seen in the art above, is the other's offspring, risen out of his seed rather than the same tree-man resurrected. He will still be voiced by Vin Diesel.

Another change seems to be with Nebula (Karen Gillan), who was previously a villain but is now featured as part of the team. Also joining more fully as an ally, apparently, is Star-Lord's adoptive father/mentor, Yondu (Michael Rooker). 

Returning members of the team on disaply include Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper). Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens theatrically on May 5, 2017.

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