I saw this at an early screening last night and it was a fair bit of fun. It was not as good as the first film, but it is pretty entertaining.
The character dynamics are pretty great and the story is pretty solid. It picks up on the themes of the first film with the meaning of family etc. Which was nice. The soundtrack was pretty solid again and the visuals were pretty great.
We get to see Rocket go sort of Rambo and take on an army himself. Well, a large group of Ravegers at any rate.
The depiction of Ego was pretty good. He is a living planet and is the antagonist of the film but that is not entirely clear until a little ways into the movie (it is but he is not overtly hostile until that point).
Ego, and the others, refer to himself as a celestial or god of sorts. And he is pretty powerful in the movie. We are starting to see more and more of the big god sort of guys like Dormammu and in this case Ego (we saw a Celestial in the first film for a moment).
During a battle between Ego and Quill at the end, we get a giant stone warrior vs giant stone Pac Man for a minute. It is funny.
There are numerous after credits scenes. Most of the mare just comedic except for one that sets the stage for Warlock to finally show up in the films.
If I had a main gripe it would be Ayesha and the Soverign race come off as too goofy for me, but it does not take away from things.
The movie does drag a bit in a few spots, an issue the first film did not have, but they do not last too long. Overall, it is a fun movie and return of characters I have grown fond of on the big screen.
Yes when they showed us the gold skinned aliens, I instantly thought of Adam Warlock. When their leader was revealed as having the name Ayesha, I realized that was the current name of HER, the female counter part to HIM, also known as Adam Warlock.
Now they DID state the cocoon the Collector had in his collection was the cocoon of Adam Warlock, however they didn't really confirm that he was in it.
Now Guardians 2 shows us that Adam's origins will be different in terms of who made him and that his cocoon is different from the one we saw in Guardians 1.
However....the cocoon from Guardians 1 could easily contain THE MAGUS, evil counterpart to Adam Warlock.
Still, it looks like the movies will be sticking with the concept that Warlock will be the cosmic champion of life to stop Thanos, just like in 1977 when Thanos was stopped by Warlock, and again in the 90's with the Infinity Gauntlet.
Now if only Captain Mar-Vell would be in the movies