Four teens with attitude are brought into the magical world of Jumanji to save the land from a curse.
When Spencer the nerd (Alex Wolff), Fridge the jock (Ser’Darius Blain), Bethany the self-centered (Madison Iseman), and Martha the aloof (Morgan Turner) are sent to the school’s basement for detention, they unwittingly open a portal into another world through a video game console.
Transported to the world of Jumanji, the four teens inhabit avatars in direct contrast to the real-world selves. Spencer, sickly and scared, becomes the muscle-bound explorer Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson). Fridge enters the game as the zoologist Franklin “Mouse” Finbar (Kevin Hart), a diminutive researcher who acts as Bravestone’s sidekick and weapon holder. Bethany and Martha become Professor Sheldon Oberon (Jack Black) and Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan), respectively. Where the former is now a portly man whose role is the group’s cartographer, the latter becomes the team’s hand-to-hand specialist and bombshell.
The first Guardians of the Galaxy was a huge success for Marvel, and I’m not just talking about box office receipts.
Naysayers worried about “the big risk” of making a movie with a talking raccoon and his companion, a talking tree with only one scripted line. It was the comic-book movie projected it to fail — a potentially huge failure to launch that had Hollywood analysts holding their heads in fear of the impending collapse of Marvel Studios’ cinematic universe.
But Guardians of the Galaxy soared despite being one of Marvel’s lesser-known comic book titles, and viewers were treated to the best Star Wars movie of this generation (Rogue One included). That raccoon and talking tree became the talk of the town, and merchandise sales added more to Disney’s coffers. A sequel was inevitable — failure, or no — and thanks to the successes of the first, the onus to get audiences to buy in has been tabled and replaced with the freedom to build up and off characters, settings, and major threats.
Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 kicks off just as Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), and company get ready to fulfill their latest job — inter-dimensional pest-control. Buoyed by their success in taking out Rohan the Accuser, the team has become the go-to group for solving galaxy-sized problems.