Marvel Studios unveiled Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for a group of press Monday night, and the first social media actions are flying in.
Official reviews don't come out until April 24, but journalists are allowed to share spoiler-free reactions - a sign of how confident Disney and Marvel are in the sequel. (Guardians 2 earned an extremely rare 100 percent in a test screening in February.)
Hours before the screening, director James Gunn announced on Facebook he would be returning for more Guardians as writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Guardians 2 once again follows the adventures of Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel). The film also stars Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn and Kurt Russell as Star-Lord's father, Ego.
The Marvel film opens May 5.
Here are some of the early reactions:
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 exciting, funny, gorgeous & a helluva tearjerker. For many, it will become their new favorite Marvel movie pic.twitter.com/Po4ZOSPs8Q
- ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) April 18, 2017
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2 is a lot of fun. Action-packed & even more classic '70s/early '80s music cues.
- Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen) April 18, 2017
Damn. I loved Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. @JamesGunn is a hero and surprise faces steal the show.
- Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) 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
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is filled with tons of surprises and an unexpected amount of emotion. Another Marvel winner.
- Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) April 18, 2017
Holy smokes was Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2 fun! I had a smile plastered on my face nearly the whole time. Tons of Easter eggs too. pic.twitter.com/558Q7nw8yN
- Dan Casey (@DanCasey) April 18, 2017
Had tons of fun with Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Incredibly funny, beautifully colorful, and great continuations of the heroes. Super happy!
- (((Eric Eisenberg))) (@eeisenberg) April 18, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is funnier than the original, a ton of surprises, and an unexpected emotional profoundness. I am Groot.
- Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 18, 2017
I say without hyperbole: #GotGVol2 is MCU at its very best. Grand adventure with intimate stakes. Uses every damn color in the crayon box. - Angie J. Han (@ajhan) April 18, 2017
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 kept a smile on my face from beginning to end. Funny, action packed, emotional, and tons of surprises. Thumbs up. pic.twitter.com/aIz7Redwin
- Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) April 18, 2017
Hate to be the Voice of Reason, but GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 isn't as good as the first. What felt fresh now feels forced. 2.5/4 stars
- Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) April 18, 2017