Needless to say, Marvel Studios' latest blockbuster does culminate in yet another high-stakes battle for the fate of the galaxy. But while the path it takes to get there manages to surprise, it works in the film's favor, allowing it to explore the relationships between the various characters. The result defies the rule-of-thumb that sequel number two ought to be darker and more brooding. On the contrary, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is even more fun than the first.