- it's easy to see that James Gunn wielded more power on the sequel, with expanded roles for bestie Michael Rooker and his brother Sean. Fortunately both these guys are terrific.
- The second tier villains, the Sovereigns, were my favourite non-Michael part. The Sovereigns are haughty gold people who seem to have fallen out of a Ralph Lauren photoshoot. They are hilarious and Elizabeth Debicki as the lead Sovereign steals all her scenes.
- Karen Gillan gets more screen time and some character development as Nebula. She is fantastic.
Quill: "You sound like an old woman!"
Drax: "Because I'm wise?"
Michael is in three brief scenes. His character is "Martinex" and he's a lieutenant to Stallone's Stavkar. The pic below is an approximation of how he looks - onscreen his crystals are brighter (and seemed pinker.) One of his scenes is a teaser during the end credits which seems to hint that his character could return for GOTG3. And since GOTG2 is currently raking it in worldwide at the box office, for the third installment, Gunn should wield even more friends-casting power!