Guardians of the Ego: Philosophical Ideas from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Spoiler alert. Spoiler alert.

A dreadfully dedicated Marvel fan, I jumped at attending a preview screening to the sequel instalment to the comical and cosmic, Guardians of the Galaxy. For a quick review, I am ever the biased critic and absolutely loved it…though admittedly, it would and can never live up to the action, plot and of course, the soundtrack of the original. As a philosopher, I found that the new sequel, though more lacking in comedy than the first, contained more philosophical notions…particularly those regarding the value of being human and the nature of our egos.

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Aside from the fact that one of the new characters is accurately named ‘Ego’, references to the egotistical and self-obsessive nature of humanity is prevalent throughout Marvel’s newest blockbuster. Keyly, the protagonist, Starlord (Peter Quill) as he egotistically refers to himself, faces a dramatic journey of self-exploration and introspection as he confronts the godly nature of himself and the implications this poses for the fate of the universe.

 

In the following posts, I will explore these philosophies in depth and detail!

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