The Biggest Problem With 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' is Its Humor, According to Fans

The long wait for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has fans revisiting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and wondering why Marvel Cinematic Universe fans don’t like it better. 

Like a lot of sequels, such as, say, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians 2 is generally considered a good movie, if not as fresh and funny as the original. Some fans point the finger at, oddly enough, the humor, which one would think would be a Guardians strong suit. 

How well did ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ do?

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Before the first Guardians came out in 2014, there was some thought that would be Marvel’s stumble. It looked too … weird. A talking raccoon? A talking tree? Why does Chris Pratt wear that goofy-looking helmet? Isn’t that the lady in blue from Avatar? She’s green now? Show me, Marvel, some said. 

And show them Marvel did. The movie made $333  million domestically and $440 million overseas. Audiences loved the humor and derring-do of it all. When the sequel came out three years later, it did even better, making $390 million here and $479 million overseas. 

Critically, the second movie did a little less well than its predecessor.  The first movie scored a 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, while the second movie scored 85 percent.

The consensus read, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘s action-packed plot, dazzling visuals, and irreverent humor add up to a sequel that’s almost as fun — if not quite as thrillingly fresh — as its predecessor.”

So how did a movie only a little less good than the original become a problem? 

How do fans see ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2?’

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On Reddit, a topic-starter asked, “GotG Vol. 2 turns 3 today. Don’t know why it gets so much hate sometimes — in my opinion, its character development, story, emotional resonance and (most of the time) humor are top notch. Top 5 in the MCU for me!”

Even that fan qualified the humor with the phrase “most of the time,” and some fans seized on that. One wrote, “The relentless humor is far and away the biggest criticism of it. I actually have never seen anybody complain about anything but the humor, which seems to be an indicator of how good the movie is beyond it … I’ve seen criticisms about too many jokes, forced jokes, jokes at inopportune times, etc.”

In a way, the movie’s greatest sin may be that it never lives up to the humor of its opening sequence, which features an unbroken shot of Baby Groot dancing to Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky” while all kinds of chaos erupts around him. One could argue that it’s all downhill from there, even if the slope is pretty gentle. 

What’s the latest on the long-awaited ‘Vol 3?’

Had it not been for the James Gunn controversy, the third Guardians movie probably would have been out by now. As it stands, the entire Marvel lineup is on hold, with Phase 4 pushed into 2022 by the pandemic. There won’t even be a Comic-Con this year at which Marvel would announce the next lineup of movies. 

That said, Gunn has promised it’s on its way, and he’s been working on the script. In the interim, he has written and directed The Suicide Squad, due out next in August 2021.

That’s one of the few tentpole movies that probably won;’t get delayed because Gunn reported that he finished production before the shutdown hit. If he can shoot Guardians Vol. 3 with the same kind of efficiency, the wait for it may not be quite so long. 

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ICYMI: The biggest celebrity love life stories of April 2020

Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the stars who found love, suffered heartbreak or experienced some other major event in their love lives in April 2020, starting with this confusing couple… In early March, there were reports that Julianne Hough and her husband of two years, Brooks Laich, were “totally fine” after working through “a rough patch” in their marriage. Then in mid-April, it became clear that the duo were quarantining separately amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the singer-actress passing time at their home in Los Angeles while the former hockey star does “a mass cleaning” of their 10-acre property in Idaho. (On April 15, People magazine reported that, according to a source, they’re “still together” but just “like to do their own thing.” Said the source, “Their marriage is not perfect, but they continue to work on it. They speak all the time. Brooks is coming back to L.A. once the stay-home order is lifted.”) On April 16 — as their unique arrangement raised questions about the status of their marriage — Julianne stepped out with handsome “The Chronicles of Narnia” actor Ben Barnes (see photos here), indicating that they’re in quarantine together. (The duo, who were photographed together in 2016, have reportedly been friends for years.) The following day, Us Weekly reported that, according to a source, Julianne and Brooks “are not doing well.” But publicly, they both put positive spins on their arrangement: On the April 21 episode of his “How Men Think” podcast, Brooks said that he’s “been good with the isolation” in Idaho and would “probably be a little more antsy” if it weren’t for his dog. He also mentioned that he misses “the friendships and companionships where you do get to hug somebody and be in the same room” … but noticeably failed to mention whether or not he misses his wife. (When he took to Instagram to promote the podcast by sharing a photo of himself sporting bushy facial hair, the former “Dancing With the Stars” pro responded with a flirty comment: “That beard though,” she wrote along with the heart-eyes emoji.) Then during an April 22 Instagram Live, Julianne said that she and her husband are “kind of doing our separate things right now.” She called it “a magical time” and noted that she doesn’t feel lonely. Curiouser and curiouser! Now keep reading for more celeb love life updates you might have missed…

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How Hollywood's biggest stars have changed during quarantine

The self-isolation make-under! How Hollywood’s biggest celebrities have changed during quarantine – without stylists, colorists, and makeup artists to keep them looking red carpet-ready

  • Most of the country has been stuck at home for over a month 
  • California’s shelter-in-place order began March 19 
  • Even celebrities have lost access to hairstylists and cosmetic surgeons 
  • Photos taken after weeks of quarantine show stars looking at quite different than they do on the red carpet

Quarantine and self-isolation have taken a toll on everyone — even the most glamorous among us.

Celebrities aren’t immune to the stress of the pandemic, whether it be from fear of the virus spreading, boredom, loneliness, or even homeschooling their children.

And it shows. Many are still frequently posting photos of themselves on social media, and the pictures tell quite a story — especially compared to what they looked like on the red carpet just a couple of months ago.

Like the rest of us, most stars aren’t wearing nearly as much make up as they did when they had places to go and people to see. Others are seeing their hair go gray and grow a bit too long, or are watching their roots come in.

BoredPanda rounded up some before and after pictures of Hollywood’s biggest names before the pandemic and now. Scroll down to see how much everyone has changed.


At home: Celebrities have posted pictures of themselves after weeks in quarantine — and they’re looking a bit different than they do on the red carpet (pictured: Drew Barrymore)


Surprise! A lot of male celebrities, like Ryan Reynolds are suddenly sporting gray facial hair


Stunner: But going without makeup and stylists just shows how some stars, like Kristen Bell, are naturally very good looking


Hanging out: Many are taking the opportunity to show their more casual side, like Helen Mirren


Bunny: Katy Perry is wearing less makeup in lockdown, but she’s still playing around with fashion


Family time: Gwyneth is letting go of her inner perfectionist these days

 

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Age, obesity are biggest risk factors for COVID-19 hospitalization

When it comes to the coronavirus, age and weight are more than just numbers.

In two new studies, NYU researchers found certain risk factors like age, obesity and chronic illness can lead to an increased risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 patients.

In one of the largest data reviews on COVID-19 cases so far, researchers at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine found that age and chronic illness (cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, in particular) were the leading factors that led to hospitalization for COVID-19 patients. The study, which looked at reports on 4,103 patients from March 1 through April 2, is currently under peer-review and has been pre-published online.

“The risk factors we identified for hospitalization in [COVID-19] are largely similar to those associated with any type of severe disease requiring hospitalization or ICU-level care, though we were surprised that cancer and chronic pulmonary disease did not feature more prominently in the risk models,” the researchers wrote in the study. “For instance, while advanced age was by far the most important predictor of hospitalization . . . 54% of hospitalized patients were younger than 65 years. This is typical of the hospitalization pattern in viral respiratory disease.”

In a separate study, researchers at NYU Langone Health found that patients under 60 were at a higher risk of hospitalization due to complications from COVID-19 if they were obese. The report, which was published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, looked at the data of 3,615 patients who tested positive for the coronavirus from March 4 to April 4.

Researchers found that patients under 60 who were considered obese by BMI standards were almost two times as likely to be admitted to the hospital for acute and critical care.

“This has important and practical implications, where nearly 40 percent of adults in the US are obese,” the researchers wrote in the study. “Unfortunately, obesity in people [under 60] is a newly identified epidemiologic risk factor, which may contribute to increased morbidity rates experienced in the US.”

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NHS launches biggest coronavirus treatment trial in the world – as Hancock calls for patients to take part – The Sun

THE NHS has launched the world's largest clinical trial for coronavirus treatments – and needs more patients to take part.

Researchers crunched a year of planning and regulatory approval into just nine days and have almost 1,000 volunteers already.

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But the Health Secretary tonight called on more patients to take part – with the approval of their doctors – adding that the "bigger the trials, the better the data and the faster we can roll out the treatments".

Matt Hancock said that research on treatment for Covid-19 was "essential to our plan" for tackling the epidemic.

Speaking at Number 10, he said: "We are bringing together some of the finest research minds in the country to design new trials and we're delivering them at record pace.

"We have established three national clinical trials covering each major stage of the disease – primary care, hospital care and critical care for the most seriously ill.

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"Just like the Nightingale hospital, one of these was put together in just nine days which is breathtaking speed.

"These trials are looking at the effectiveness of existing drugs and steroids, re-purposed for treatment for Covid-19.

"One of the trials, which is called recovery and deals in hospital care, is the largest of its kind in the world, with 926 patients involved."

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer for England, said doctors would approach suitable coronavirus patients about taking part in clinical trials in the UK.

He told the Downing Street press conference: "This is about patients who are undergoing treatment at some stage for Covid-19.

"First of all, we need the physicians in charge of their care to sign up for the clinical trial.

"Then it is up to the physician to approach the patient and ask them if they would like to take part.

We do need people to take part in the clinical trials and they are doing

"It is a process of very careful written informed consent for that to happen.

"The straight answer is yes, we do need people to take part in the clinical trials and they are doing."

Prof Van-Tam added that he expects it will be a few months before results are achieved through clinical trials.

Drugs trial

No drug has been proven to combat the coronavirus but the study aims to establish if one used for other illnesses may work.

Adults diagnosed with the disease are being offered the chance to enroll in the trial when admitted to over 100 NHS hospitals.

Those who agree to take part are randomly assigned to standard care alone or standard care plus one of three existing drugs.

These are Lopinavir-Ritonavir, which is used for HIV, Dexamethasone, used for inflammation, and Hydroxychloriquine, used in malaria.

All have been chosen because the way they work gives researchers hope they may also prove beneficial against Covid-19.

University of Oxford scientists will continually analyse data on each of the participants to see which treatment – if any – is best.

Doctors will be told immediately if one is found to be better than others at boosting survival and reducing the need for ventilators.

It comes as the Department of Health confirmed 684 more people have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the total deaths in the UK to 3,605 as of 5pm on Thursday.

And as of 9am on Friday, a total of 173,784 people have been tested for coronavirus, of which 38,168 tested positive.

Public Health England said 11,764 tests were carried out on Thursday in England.

It came as the first of the Government's emergency field hospitals to treat coronavirus patients opened in east London's ExCel centre.

The temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital is able to take up to 4,000 patients and will be staffed by NHS medics with help from the military.

Similar hospitals are in the pipeline across the UK, including in Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, the North East and Bristol.

The Prince of Wales officially declared the Nightingale open via video link from his Scottish castle, saying it "offers us an intensely practical message of hope for those who will need it most at this time of national suffering".

Meanwhile, the Queen is to address the nation about coronavirus on Sunday.

Earlier, Health Secretary Matt Hancock described having coronavirus as a "pretty unpleasant experience" as he promised further action on testing.

He said he has now fully recovered from the "nasty" illness, which saw him suffer sleepless nights and an "incredibly" sore throat, as well as losing half a stone.

"It was a pretty unpleasant experience, I went downhill on Thursday last week and for a couple of nights it was very hard to sleep, incredibly painful throat, it was like having glass in my throat," he said.


Meanwhile, two siblings of Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, the 13-year-old who died after testing positive for coronavirus, have since developed symptoms, according to a family friend.

The development meant Ismail's mother and six siblings have been forced to self-isolate at their home in Brixton and were unable to attend his funeral on Friday.

He was buried at the Eternal Gardens Muslim burial ground at Kemnal Park Cemetery in Chislehurst by undertakers wearing protective equipment as a small number of mourners watched on from a short distance away.

Nurse deaths

In Walsall, nurse Areema Nasreen, who was in intensive care on a ventilator after testing positive for the virus, has died.

The 36-year-old mother of three had been on a ventilator at Walsall Manor Hospital where she worked as a staff nurse on the acute medical unit.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust's chief executive Richard Beeken said they had hoped to take Ms Nasreen off the ventilator as she had started to show signs of improvement but she then deteriorated.

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust also paid tribute to staff nurse Aimee O'Rourke, another mother-of-three, who died aged 39 on Thursday after contracting Covid-19.

In a Facebook tribute, her daughter, Megan Murphy, said: "Look at all the lives you looked after and all the families you comforted when patients passed away.

"You are an angel and you will wear your NHS crown forevermore because you earned that crown the very first day you started."

Elsewhere, the husband of TV presenter Kate Garraway is in intensive care battling coronavirus.

Derek Draper is receiving emergency hospital treatment and Garraway was forced to self-isolate after she showed symptoms of the virus.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme earlier, Mr Hancock said it is unclear whether he is now immune to Covid-19.

"I took advice on that and the advice is it's highly likely that I am now immune, or have a very high level of immunity," he said. "But it's not certain."

He said there was a "stream of work under way" looking at immunity and the possibility of immunity certificates so those who have had Covid-19 can get back to normal.

Mr Hancock said the virus is expected to peak in the UK in the next few weeks, adding: "It's very, very sensitive to how many people follow the social distancing guidelines."

On Thursday, the Cabinet minister pledged England would hit 100,000 tests per day by the end of the month following widespread criticism of the Government's testing strategy.

The UK already has antigen tests, which tell people whether they currently have Covid-19, and work is ongoing to validate antibody tests to see whether people have previously had the infection.

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