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Chris Pratt and wife Anna Faris pose at the world premiere of Marvel Studios' ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.’ in Hollywood Wednesday, April 19, 2017. — Reuters picChris Pratt and wife Anna Faris pose at the world premiere of Marvel Studios' ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.’ in Hollywood Wednesday, April 19, 2017. — Reuters picLOS ANGELES, April 21 — The stars of Guardians of the Galaxy, the Marvel movie about a rag-tag group of integalactic heroes, landed in Hollywood to debut their return in a much-anticipated sequel that sees them embark on another high-stakes space adventure.

In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, space heroes Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot find themselves pursued by a villain and once again are given the task of saving the universe.

They are joined along the way by Gamora’s petulant sister Nebula, space pirate Yondu and Mantis, an empathic alien. The film is scheduled to open in theatres on May 5.

“This is a million-piece puzzle and when you sit back and see the mosaic put together you get this one incredibly even, fully executed idea,” Chris Pratt, who plays Peter Quill, said at the red carpet premiere on Wednesday.

“It’s brilliant, great music, it’s super funny, dramatic and it’s got great emotion and relationships, it’s stunning,” he said.

Sylvester Stallone, who makes an appearance as Stakar Ogord leader of the space pirates known as “ravagers,” said action films “are modern mythology when it’s done right.”

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  • Actor Chris Sullivan poses at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ in Hollywood April 20, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actors Chris Pratt and wife Anna Faris pose at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ in Hollywood April 20, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actor David Hasselhoff poses with his daughters Hayley Hasselhoff (left) and Taylor Ann Hasselhoff at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ in Hollywood April 20, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Elizabeth Debicki poses at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ in Hollywood April 20, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn pose at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ in Hollywood April 20, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actor Dave Bautista poses at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ in Hollywood April 20, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Writer and director James Gunn and actor Elizabeth Debicki pose at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ in Hollywood April 20, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actor Vin Diesel poses at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ in Hollywood April 20, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Judy Greer poses at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ in Hollywood April 20, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actor Zoe Saldana and husband artist Marco Perego pose at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ in Hollywood April 20, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actor Sean Gunn poses at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ in Hollywood April 20, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • A sign marks the entrance to the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ in Hollywood April 20, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actor Chris Hardwick and model Lydia Hearst pose at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ in Hollywood April 20, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actor Jon Voight poses at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ in Hollywood April 20, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actress Karen Gillan poses at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ in Hollywood April 20, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actor Sylvester Stallone poses with his daughters and his wife Jennifer Stallone (second from right) at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ in Hollywood April 20, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actor Vin Diesel poses with his son Vincent Sinclair (left) and Hania Riley Sinclair at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ in Hollywood April 20, 2017. — Reuters pic

“The kind of action films I’ve done are sort of more mano-a-mano ... now they’ve developed this Marvel universe Guardians that have a heart, that has a lot of emotion to it, that takes it another step further,” he said, using the Spanish phrase for “hand to hand” combat that has come to be associated with any kind of competition between two people.

“It’s kind of a cross between Rocky (and) Rambo in space,” he added.

The sequel follows 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which smashed summer box office records and ushered in a new cadre of edgy heroes in the Marvel cinematic universe.

“I made a movie about outcasts for outcasts and it’s very touching for me that people all over the world, whether here or in Japan or in Russia or in England have been touched by the movie,” writer-director James Gunn said.

Gunn will write and direct the third Guardians film, due for release in 2020. — Reuters

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