In the latest edition of the New York Times‘ “Anatomy of a Scene,” director James Gunn narrates a scene from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — which opens nationwide tomorrow and is expected to pull in $250 million at the worldwide box office this weekend.
The sneak peek, which is inspired by the cropduster sequence in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 thriller North by Northwest and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s climactic gatling gun showdown in Furious 7, features a a battle between Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and her adopted sister Nebula (Karen Gillan).
“In Guardians of the Galaxy, we often have these emotional character relationships between two people or more. And in this one, it really is the culmination of two movies’ worth of hatred between sisters who do not get along,” Gunn explained. “This first manifests itself in a physical fight here and then leads to an emotional scene where Nebula breaks down. You thought she was the bad guy the whole time. But you realize that actually she was the one who was wronged by her sister when she was young and she’s the one who, in a lot of ways, is the victim in the relationship.”
Gunn then revealed why the scene is devoid of music. “Simply because there is so much music throughout the movie. I wanted this scene to stand out. I think it’s special and very raw and visual,” he shared. “And I wanted a chance for our sound department, the guys at Skywalker Sound, to really shine and do something that was almost operatic with just sound alone. But I think mostly the reason was just for variety’s sake in the movie.”
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Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (Slither). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (Spectre) as Drax; Vin Diesel (Furious 7) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (Jumper) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (The Big Short) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (The Knick, The Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, The Thing).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 5, 2017.