Few blockbuster films are as synonymous with their soundtrack as “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel‘s rip-roaring space adventure laid out the importance of music in its very first trailer, introducing a new generation of fans to the unavoidably catchy funk of Blue Swede‘s “Hooked on a Feeling.” James Gunn also doubled down on the music in the movie itself, making his main character’s old Walkman the only connection he had with his home planet. So while plenty of folks are excited for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” the movie, just as many are ready to rip off the plastic wrap on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” the soundtrack.
Gunn’s soundtrack listing looks awesome — seriously, I would definitely listen to everything on that playlist — but it’s also one with deeply cinematic roots. I look at each of those songs and immediately think of how they’ve been used in other movies: from Electric Light Orchestra‘s “Mr. Blue Sky” (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind“) to Parliament‘s “Flash Light” (“The Heat“), each of these songs has the right balance of familiarity and freshness to make the soundtrack stand out. James Gunn may make some pretty excellent movies, but soundtracks are where the dude really shines.
Here’s the full plot synopsis for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”:
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” hits theaters on May 5, 2017.
Btw, don’t wait until Friday to hear the soundtrack, 90% of it is right here in our YouTube playlist (the last track is an original and not yet released).