Quick show of hands, how many of you forgot that the Guardians Of The Galaxy sequel is out in a few weeks until all the reaction tweets from last night’s press screening dropped? It’s okay, it’s been a tough couple of months (and feel free to blame the Thor: Ragnarok trailer for briefly stealing its brightly colored thunder). The good news is, although the embargo has not yet been lifted, the people who did tweet about it certainly enjoyed themselves:
Don't think I've heard so much laughter at a press screening. People seemed to really be digging Guardians Vol. 2. Can't say more (yet)— Aaron Couch (@AaronCouch) April 18, 2017
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2. is very fun. Takes the EMPIRE "split up your characters" strategy. Drax is a hoot. Baby Groot steals the show— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) April 18, 2017
Baby Groot is cuter than you can possibly imagine, Star-Lord reminds me why I liked Pratt, but YONDU 💙💙 is the real standout. #GotGVol2— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) April 18, 2017
And it’s from these 140-character smatterings of opinion that we also learned there will be multiple end credit sequences during this movie. How multiple? Like, at least four.
@screenrant Well, five, actually. 😊— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 18, 2017
OK, five, actually. I guess one of them was completely forgettable.
Now, I will be the first to tell anyone that I love most Marvel movies (yes, even Age of Ultron) and that, if nothing else, I am happy that they have discovered a formula for convincing theatergoers to actually sit down and look at all the names of those who worked their assess off to make these films. But five? Five feels excessive. At that point you might as well run the scenes and the credits concurrently, like improvisational-heavy comedies and most network television shows do. Of course, most of these scenes appear to be just that — bonus laughs that didn’t fit into the full movie. Only two of them reportedly have anything to do with the Marvel universe at large (and that’s only an assumption, as there was a scene missing), which is more in line with what the franchise usually does.
Oh well, it’s not like we won’t be sitting through all of it anyway — what could a few extra jokes hurt? Just hope you have enough saved up for the third sequel, James Gunn!