The First ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Teaser Image Is Here, But What Does It Mean? — PHOTO

Your favorite group of superhero misfits is back. The first image from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was released on Wednesday, and the mysterious pictures has me wondering all sorts of things — like, what it all means. Because the studio didn’t just release a posed shot of the main characters in all of their glory. Oh no. Instead, the image teases at some big changes coming our way, with five characters emerging from a dark, shaded mist. So what exactly does this mysterious Guardians teaser image mean?

For one thing, it means that the movie has officially begun production. The image was released to Twitter from Marvel Studios to celebrate and announce the start of production to all of the fans. And, of course, to make all of our Marvel-loving minds go crazy, because the image is just vague enough to leave us wanting more. So, what can we see in the image? Well, five figures standing in a mysterious mist... and that’s about it. Of course, judging by their shapes and sizes, we can gather a little bit more about which characters they are — but the fact that they are largely silhouettes makes it difficult to see whether or not there are any big changes in store.

What we do know for sure, however, is who is returning to for the sequel. Because, in addition to the image release, Marvel marked the beginning of production for the much-anticipated sequel with the news of who would be returning for Vol. 2. Right now the list of returning actors is an exciting one: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper have all officially signed on for the second movie, so let’s all say a silent thank you to the gods of this galaxy that the original cast is back in full force. Couple that exciting news with the teaser image, and I think it’s safe to venture a guess that we're seeing the movie’s main characters back to take on the galaxy.

But the mist is still… well… mystifying. The ambiguity in the characters’ physical appearances could mean that there is a reason they are being kept a secret. Maybe big changes are in store for the Guardians?

Either way, this image is the perfect amount of enticing and anticipatory, and I totally love it.

Image: Marvel Entertainment; Walt Disney Pictures; Giphy