A lucky few got an early screening of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" Monday night, and the general consensus is pretty positive.
Full reviews of the film are under embargo until April 24, but audience members were allowed to tweet about their first impressions, as long as they didn't give too much away.
The science-fiction/action film doesn't hit theaters until May 5, but judging from the following tweets -- which tease that Drax (Dave Bautista) and new character Mantis (Pom Klementieff) stole the show -- it's a can't-miss movie.
The sequel continues to follow the Guardians' adventure through the outer regions of the cosmos, which puts the strength of their newfound family to the test. Together, they must solve the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2. is very fun. Takes the EMPIRE "split up your characters" strategy. Drax is a hoot. Baby Groot steals the show— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) April 18, 2017
Also: Come for the movie, stay for the not one, not two, not three, but *four* post credit scenes.— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) April 18, 2017
Don't think I've heard so much laughter at a press screening. People seemed to really be digging Guardians Vol. 2. Can't say more (yet)— Aaron Couch (@AaronCouch) April 18, 2017
Going in with through-the-roof expectations, Guardians Vol. 2 still left me wishing it was never going to end. I seriously loved it. pic.twitter.com/kMvGQCeRiS— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) April 18, 2017
Marvel always wins. Always. #GotGVol2 What a ride. What an emotional movie. What great characters. They're just getting started.— Daniel Alter (@DAlter007) April 18, 2017
#GotGVol2 is a movie to watch with your best friends, your family, your significant other: the people who make you feel at home. 💜— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) April 18, 2017
I say without hyperbole: #GotGVol2 is MCU at its very best. Grand adventure with intimate stakes. Uses every damn color in the crayon box. 🌈— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) April 18, 2017
Had tons of fun with Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Incredibly funny, beautifully colorful, and great continuations of the heroes. Super happy!— (((Eric Eisenberg))) (@eeisenberg) April 18, 2017
There's more beauty & depth & '80s love in GUARDIANS VOL. 2 than any of the Marvel movies. It's like a water-color acid trip full of awesome pic.twitter.com/m80OSUD31p— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) April 18, 2017
Mantis and Drax steal the movie. The music on Awesome Mix 2 is great and has some deeper tracks than vol 1.— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 18, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is funnier than the original, a ton of surprises, and an unexpected emotional profoundness. I am Groot.— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 18, 2017
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is exciting, funny, gorgeous & a helluva tearjerker. For many, it will become their new favorite Marvel movie pic.twitter.com/Po4ZOSPs8Q— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) April 18, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is filled with tons of surprises and an unexpected amount of emotion. Another Marvel winner.— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) April 18, 2017
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 kept a smile on my face from beginning to end. Funny, action packed, emotional, and tons of surprises. Thumbs up. pic.twitter.com/aIz7Redwin— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) April 18, 2017
Holy smokes was Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2 fun! I had a smile plastered on my face nearly the whole time. Tons of Easter eggs too. pic.twitter.com/558Q7nw8yN— Dan Casey (@DanCasey) April 18, 2017
Damn. I loved Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. @JamesGunn is a hero and surprise faces steal the show.— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) April 18, 2017
Wish I could tell you about the AMAZING & satisfying cake I just ate. But there's an embargo :( Unrelated I'm interviewing @JamesGunn tmrw!— Ajay Fry (@AjayFry) April 18, 2017
The first film set a very, very high bar and I'm thrilled to report that #GuardiansoftheGalaxyVol2 does not disappoint in the slightest!— Silas Lesnick (@silaslesnick) April 18, 2017
Hard not to fall in love with the Guardians all over again #GotGVol2— Ann Campea (@AnnCampea) April 18, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a whole heap of fun. Gorgeous, a bit mad, and surprisingly emotional. And yes, Baby Groot is everything.— Haleigh Foutch (@HaleighFoutch) April 18, 2017
GUARDIANS VOL. 2 feels like a solid one-and-done issue between big stories; lots of character bits, not much story. MVP: Dave Bautista.— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) April 18, 2017
Baby Groot is cuter than you can possibly imagine, Star-Lord reminds me why I liked Pratt, but YONDU 💙💙 is the real standout. #GotGVol2— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) April 18, 2017
Loved Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2. Surprisingly moving. Incredible visual effects and production design.— Gregory Ellwood (@TheGregoryE) April 18, 2017
I am allowed to say very little about GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2. But I can say this: I am Groot. WE are Groot.— Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen) April 18, 2017
#GotGVol2 reviews sound encouraging, a week and a half of spoiler dodging awaits!— Paul Toms (@Tomsy79) April 18, 2017
I haven’t really seen negative reviews about #GOTGVol2 on twitter tonight. Some, “It’s ok” but nothing truly negative. Happy about that!— J. Brunansky (@JBrunansky) April 18, 2017
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, J. Brunansky. A few weren't so thrilled with the film.
Hate to be the Voice of Reason, but GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 isn't as good as the first. What felt fresh now feels forced. 2.5/4 stars— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) April 18, 2017
The problem w/ GOTG2 is that the VFX threaten to swallow the film, which is way too long & too reliant on music cues. Too much family drama.— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) April 18, 2017
G-team is too split up. Didn't care about Star-Lord & his Dad or Gamora & her sister. Leads not as fun as Rocket, Drax, Yondu or Baby Groot.— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) April 18, 2017
I will say that I loved @PomKlementieff as Mantis, a great addition to the sequel who had strong chemistry with Drax. More of her, please!— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) April 18, 2017
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is Marvel's best movie tbh. #GotGVol2— Ty Dingess (@TyDingess) April 18, 2017
Guardians 2 is a bottle episode, suffers for it.— Kristopher Tapley (@kristapley) April 18, 2017