It turns out that a talking tree and gun-toting racoon is exactly what film fans were waiting for. James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy won over droves of admirers, earned bucket-loads of cash and expanded the Marvel Cinematic Universe in cool, colourful and creative ways back in 2014.
Gunn has opted to keep his cards very close to his chest with its highly anticipated sequel, keeping an eye on the marketing bods at Marvel to make sure nothing gets spoiled prematurely. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is only a few months away, and yet there's still a lot left to be revealed about it.
Returning stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper have all offered vague teases through zipped lips during their press commitments, and the trailers and posters have been notably stingy with plot details. The only big thing that's been revealed is that Kurt Russell has joined the cast as Ego The Living Planet, Star-Lord's father.
Beyond that, the Internet has been left to its guesswork, with rumours, theories and crackpot ideas dominating the discussion in the two years since Guardians 2 was first announced.