Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 offers first look at Mantis (and more Baby Groot!) in new trailer

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Dec 3, 2016

The biggest idiots in the galaxy are back in the new official teaser trailer (which feels like a full trailer, really) for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The highly anticipated Marvel Studios sequel stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Karen Gillan as Nebula and Michael Rooker as Yondu. Both Nebula and Yondu will join the crew of the Milano for the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel.

Directed by James Gunn (who just released the first trailer for his horror thriller The Belko Experiment), the comic book movie also stars Kurt Russell as Star-Lord’s dad, Ego the Living Planet, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Pom Klementieff as Mantis and Sylvester Stallone in a mystery role. Nathan Fillion will have a small cameo appearance as Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man (there’s a small twist to that cameo appearance, though, you guys), and Glenn Close is returning for an encore as Nova Prime.

Some of the awesome footage included in the trailer below shows Drax and Gamora battling a squid-like space creature called an Abilisk, which is a new creation for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. James Gunn described the giant creature as a “multi-dimensional being. And the Guardians have been hired to fight him.” We also have SO MUCH Baby Groot, who is getting lots to do in this trailer and is just so freaking adorable (but still super strong). I wish I had my own.

Last, but not least, the trailer reveals our first cinematic look at Mantis (the girl with the antennae) in the final bit of footage. In the pages of the Marvel comics, the character possesses psychic abilities that include telepathy (which is highlighted here when she reads Star-Lord’s mind to hilarious effect), empathy, plant manipulation, astral projection and an accelerated healing factor. All of that will come in handy with Baby Groot, don’t you think? Dig in, and let us know what you think.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is “set to the backdrop of Awesome Mix Vol. 2” (the trailer song is "Fox on the Run" by Sweet, in case you're curious) and will blast into movie theaters on May 5, 2017.