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  • Ascended Fanon: The cameo Stan Lee has in the film, hanging out with a group of Watchers, serves as nod to the fandom theory that his repeated appearances throughout the MCU can be explained as repeated sightings of a single character: one who is in fact secretly a Watcher. James Gunn even admitted that he got the idea from fan message boards!
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: In the Japanese dub, beside the ones from the previous film, Mantis is voiced by Sayaka Akimoto, from AKB48.
  • Deleted Role:
    • Nathan Fillion portrayed actor Simon Williams on some movie posters that were meant to appear in one scene, but the scene in question was cut.
    • Sharon Stone had a scene where she'd cameo as Nikki Gold, but said scene was cut.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • Drax hugging Star-Lord despite Star-Lord refusing.
    • Nebula calls Gamora a "Garden of the Galaxy".
    • Ego explains why he didn't pick up Peter Quill himself while camping with the Guardians of the Galaxy.
    • Quill mentions the Sovereign among the ones who want to kill the Guardians while discussing with Gamora if Ego is saying the truth.
    • Quill tells Drax that he has clones of his mixtape while leaving Berhert.
    • Star-Lord finds adolescent Groot playing video games, tells him to wash the dishes and clean his room while simultaneously telling him that he is not boring for many reasons.
    • Ego shows the Guardians and Mantis a monument of Peter Quill single-handedly saving the universe during the Battle of Xandar. Peter loves it, saying that's exactly how it happened much to Gamora's annoyance. Rocket and Groot are shown to be nothing more than a blob with a face (with the other being absent) while Drax is depicted as a small chimp-like creature (causing Drax to assume he actually looked like that at the time and cannot work out how he didn't notice).
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    • After Star-Lord states the he will create some "weird shit", Ego says that he wants to see that "weird shit", only to realize that it was disgusting saying that
    • Rocket Raccoon asks Yondu Udonta if he had ever hear of floss.
    • The Watcher Informant talks to the Watchers about when he was a World War II veteran.
    • Kraglin Obfonteri helps Star-Lord figure out how to work his new Zune.
    • Mantis and Drax continue to bond after she becomes proud of being ugly. Mantis states sympathy for the fact that Gamora cannot trust anyone. Mantis uses her powers on Drax so that she may feel his sadness, but she also experiences the love and care he feels for his team.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Steve Englehart was NOT happy with the portrayal of Mantis, as he didn't see her as the character he created. (The film based Mantis as she was during the 2008 Abnett and Lanning run, where she was something of a spacey, oddball precog and emotion manipulator, not her original incarnation as the willful and seductive Celestial Madonna.)
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  • Doing It for the Art: The props department had trouble sourcing Walkmans and headphones for this film (Sony had none of the specific model to lend to the production), so six sets had to be made from scratch.
  • DVD Commentary:
    • Gunn notes that the look of this film got more praise among fans than the first film, due to focusing on a more limited color pallet per scene, and making them more vibrant.
    • invoked He noted that with the first film he didn't get that many complaints of They Changed It, Now It Sucks!, except for Yondu's head fin, so he had it replaced in this one to fit the comics better.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Chris Pratt noted that buffing up for his shirtless scene wasn't very difficult for this film, as he'd already done most of the hard work for Vol. 1 and had maintained that physique ever since.
    • The make-up team was able make some improvements to help with actors' comfort with their make-up and prosthetics.
      • Karen Gillan's make-up was altered so that she would only have to cut her hair short rather than shave it all off.
      • Dave Bautista's prep time was cut down from four hours to ninety minutes, and he would have to sit in a sauna to sweat the make-up off at the end of each day.
      • Michael Rooker's make-up incorporated a new base, meaning that the blue didn't soak into his skin as much and was easier to remove.
      • Unfortunately for Zoe Saldana, she still had to spend over three hours every morning to be turned green, using the same alcohol-based make-up that caused severe discomfort while shooting the first film.
  • Fandom Nod: Stan Lee chatting with a bunch of Watchers obviously references the fan-theory that he's Uatu from the comics. After the release, Kevin Feige unofficially endorsed the theory (but not outright stated if he is Uatu). Lee is credited as a "Watcher Informant".
  • I Knew It!:
    • Mantis was by far one of the least popular guesses for who the new Guardian would be, but a small group of fans correctly called it.
    • Fans have speculated for years that Stan Lee was playing Uatu the Watcher in all of his cameo appearances. While the Watchers retain their original look, he is still shown to be affiliated with them and credited as "The Watchers' Informant". Possibly Ascended Fanon as well.
    • After seeing Yondu as a Ravager, many suspected that the other OG Guardians of the Galaxy might show up as Ravagers, too.
    • Some viewers, after watching the first movie and noticing how incredibly aggressive Yondu was when his authority was even slightly threatened, couldn't help but wonder if the long-term stability of his Ravager crew was already decaying. Just two months later in-universe, their concerns were proved right.
  • Irony as She Is Cast:
    • The ironic thing about Gamora not enjoying dancing, is Zoe Saldana actually has a deep background in dancing, with Ballet being her first passion.
    • Similarly, Dave Bautista's Drax hates dancing and explains his attraction to his wife was due to her not dancing, no matter how catchy the tune playing was. Bautista himself is a former breakdancer and has married two dancers.
    • Kurt Russell plays Ego, Peter Quill’s Disappeared Dad who abandoned him and his mother, whereas Kurt Russell has been in a relationship with Goldie Hawn since 1983, around the time her biological children, actors Kate Hudson and Oliver Hudson, with her ex-husband were still very young. Though little else is known to the public about the years in between, both Oliver and Kate have stated that they see Russell as their father.
  • Jossed:
    • Related, when Gunn first mentioned that there would be a new Guardian, a lot of the popular choices were people like Adam Warlock, Phyla-Vell and Moondragon, or Captain Marvel. Few guessed he was talking about Mantis.
    • Even with multiple Word of God denials, there was still a really pervasive rumor that the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel would be an adaptation of Planet Hulk, and would feature the Incredible Hulk joining the team. This was finally disproved when it was announced Hulk would be in Thor: Ragnarok.
    • The identity of Star-Lord's dad was the subject of a lot of theories, with some of the more prominent guesses being Adam Warlock, Starfox, and Starhawk. Very few, if any, knew that his dad was going to be Ego the Living Planet.
    • There was speculation Wonder Man would be joining the team. note 
    • Between being made Star-Lord's father, Kurt Russell's casting, and the statement that Ayesha would be the film's Big Bad, many believed that Ego would receive Adaptational Heroism. Nope. Not only is he the film's real Big Bad, he's arguably even more evil than his comic counterpart.
    • Stan Lee's cameo appears to indicate that while he is associated with the Watchers, he's not Uatu specifically.
  • Lying Creator:
    • To try and hide The Reveal that Peter's dad was Ego, all of the preliminary press material shown to media outlets claimed that Kurt Russell was playing J'son, Peter's father in the comics.
    • Sylvester Stallone's character was originally announced to be a member of the Nova Corps. Except that in the film proper, he's actually the MCU version of Starhawk from the original Guardians of the Galaxy.
    • Ayesha and the Sovereign were said to be the film's Big Bad, with them seeking Ego in an effort to get their hands on his Celestial genetic code. Such a plot point never comes up in the movie, and Ego is the Big Bad, while the Sovereign are secondary villains.
  • Milestone Celebration: The film is released in the centenary year of Jack Kirby, co-creator of most of the Marvel Comics. Of course the Guardians were not his creations, coming after his time, but Groot originated in a Kirby horror comic and the film's major new character, Ego the Living Planet, is one of his most memorable and original creations.
  • Multiple Languages, Same Voice Actor: In addition to her role as Mantis onscreen, Pom Klementieff did both French dubs of her as well. She reprised her dub role in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
  • Old Shame: According to James Gunn, Microsoft didn't want to put the Zune in this film, because not only was it a MASSIVE flop for them but it was also used as a joke.
  • Playing Against Type: Kurt Russell plays a psychotic alien being despite being known for being a major '80s action star and generally associated with playing heroes and anti-heroes. Indeed, The Reveal of Ego's true plan was shocking because fans, on hearing of Russell's casting, actually expected Ego to have Adaptational Heroism.
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  • Real-Life Relative: Along with the return of Sean Gunn, brother of the director, whose role as Kraglin is greatly expanded, their parents, Jim Gunn Sr. and Leotta Gunn, also have a brief appearance.
  • Refitted for Sequel:
    • "Fox on the Run" by The Sweet had been considered as a song for Awesome Mix Vol 1 in the first film, before being discarded. However, director James Gunn liked it so much that he put it into the promotional material and soundtrack for Vol 2.
    • In the first scene, Drax states he doesn't like using the jet pack because the chest strap hurts his sensitive nipples. This was a joke intended for the suit-up scene in the first movie to explain why he doesn't wear his team uniform jacket in the climax.
    • The joke about Groot being distracted by insects was likewise cut from the first movie. In a deleted scene, Rocket and Groot are planning their attempt to capture Quill, but Groot is too busy watching a bug flying around to pay any attention. Pretty much the exact same scenario happens during the opening credits of this film, only this time because he's Baby Groot and a lot more impulsive and less mature, he actually catches and eats the bug, earning a reprimand from Rocket.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Chris Sullivan portrays Taserface. He would later go on to portray Toby on This Is Us, which is now produced by Disney! (The show was initially produced by Fox, but you know what happened afterward.)
  • Throw It In!: The shot of David Hasselhoff dramatically narrating the final lines of "Guardians Inferno" during the end credits was a last-minute decision by James Gunn, who shot the footage with his phone and rushed to the studio worried that the final cut had already gone out for distribution. Luckily, there was still time to make the addition.
  • Trolling Creator: Michael Rooker was intentionally brought to hang out on the set of Avengers: Infinity War to cause rumors that he'd be in the movie just like all other Guardians and hide his ultimate fate in Vol. 2.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Matthew McConaughey was initially offered the role of Ego the Living Planet before Kurt Russell was cast. When asked about why he turned it down, McConaughey responded with this.
      McConaughey: I like Guardians of the Galaxy, but what I saw was ‘It’s successful, and now we’ve got room to make a colorful part for another big-name actor.’ I’d feel like an amendment.
    • Glenn Close was initially attached to reprise her role as Nova Prime, but James Gunn decided against it as he was trying to cram her into the movie rather than have her appear organically.
    • James Gunn wanted David Bowie to have an appearance in Yondu's crew, but the latter's illness and death prevented that from happening. He then planned to again include a Bowie song in the soundtrack (in this case "Suffragette City"), but for unknown reasons it didn't make the final cut.
    • Along with Mantis, Gunn initially planned to have Adam Warlock join the team; he cut Warlock because of the already large number of subplots and character arcs, and this didn't make it past the treatment phase. It would later be confirmed that Warlock would get Refitted for Sequel with the third film in the series.
    • Originally, Groot was going to be fully grown again, but James Gunn opted to keep him as a baby for the sequel. This partially impacted the choice to have a two-month Time Skip from the last film, as the movie was meant to be set in real time as previous MCU movies had been. Gunn explained these changes came because he couldn't make the story work as he'd originally intended; Baby Groot ultimately became the connecting tissue of the film's core theme, Family of Choice, and helped him develop the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits' growth as not just colleagues but as a family unit.
    • Gunn was very hesitant to kill off Yondu and wasn't going to do it at one point, but ultimately decided that it needed to happen to give some real stakes to the movie.
    • Chris Pratt wanted to add a joke where Peter points out that Ego looks just like Kurt Russell, but James Gunn refused.
    • The early designs for Mantis had green skin and a more insect-like appearance, but James Gunn decided to have her look more human, as she did in the original Avengers comics she first appeared in.
    • The Stan Lee cameo was originally a bit different — he was originally going to talk about the time he was a DJ at a strip club, which would have taken his meta cameo even further by suggesting that he plays the same character across all Marvel adaptations.
    • Had 20th Century Fox not allowed Marvel Studios to use Ego, it's quite possible the film would have been very different, given Marvel didn't realize they didn't have the film rights to the character until production was about to start. One only wonders what the film would have been like then.
    • Some concept art showed Rocket sporting a totally badass two-piece outfit as opposed to the jumpsuits he wore in both films.

Awesome Mix Vol. 2 consists of the tracks:

Other songs considered for Awesome Mix Vol. 2 according to writer and director James Gunn:


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