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                     GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
                         
                         
                         
                              Written by
                         
                              James Gunn






          BLACK:
                         
          O.S. "BRANDY" by LOOKING GLASS PLAYS.
                         
          EXT. FORD COBRA MUSTANG - DAY
                         
                         SUPER: MISSOURI
                                EARTH
                                1980
                         
          OVERHEAD SHOT: A `79 Cobra winds alongside the Missouri
          River, past swaying loosestrife, vibrant sugar maples, and
          oily self-pump gas stations. A hazy sun glints off the hood
          of the Cobra which, like its descendant the Milano, is orange
          and teal.
                         
          We MOVE DOWN AND IN on a fresh-faced girl of 18 in the
          passenger seat: MEREDITH QUILL. As "Brandy" blasts from the
          car stereo, she pushes her fine, feathered hair from her
          mouth, and sings along, out-of-tune -
                         
                                             MEREDITH
                    Do do do do do do do do do do do!
                         
          The driver, a MYSTERIOUS MAN in his 30's, dressed in sleek,
          mod attire, LAUGHS.
                         
          Meredith LAUGHS too. She SINGS and dances with abandon in
          her seat. She's a lively goofball, and it's apparent where
          Peter Quill received much of his personality.
                         
          EXT. DAIRY QUEEN/WOODS - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          The Cobra pulls beside this Dairy Queen in a desolate area.
                         
          EXT. WOODS BEHIND DAIRY QUEEN - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          The Mysterious Man helps Meredith down the steep hillside
          into the woods. "Brandy" continues to play on the car stereo
          in the lot behind them. Meredith GIGGLES.
                         
                                             MYSTERIOUS MAN
                    This way, my river lily.
                         
                                             MEREDITH
                    Where are you taking me?
                         
          The Mysterious Man shows her a STRANGE SPROUT nestled amongst
          the trees.
                         
          A few inches tall and decidedly alien in nature, its delicate
          limbs twist and turn in a complex pattern.
                                                                                      2
                         
                         
                                             MEREDITH (CONT'D)
                    Oh. It's beautiful.
                         
          The Mysterious Man looks proudly at Meredith. With a
          perpetually excited glint in his eye, and the air of a self-
          empowerment guru, he is an intoxicating presence.
                         
                                             MYSTERIOUS MAN
                    I was afraid it wouldn't take to
                    the soil, but it rooted quickly.
                         
          He nods toward the sky between the branches above.
                         
                              MYSTERIOUS MAN (CONT'D)
                    Soon it will be everywhere - all
                    across the universe, fulfilling
                    life's one true purpose.
                         
                                             MEREDITH
                    Which is what?
                         
                                                MYSTERIOUS MAN
                    Expansion.
                         
          The Mysterious Man takes her in his arms.    He gazes into her
          eyes. She grows almost teary.
                         
                                             MEREDITH
                    I'm not sure what you're talking
                    about. But I like the way you say
                    it.
                         
                                             MYSTERIOUS MAN
                    My heart is yours, Meredith Quill.
                         
                                             MEREDITH
                    I can't believe I fell in love with
                    a spaceman.
                         
          And they KISS, with passion, and love. "DO DO DO DO DO DO DO
          DO DO DO DO!" sings Looking Glass as SOURCE BECOMES SCORE and
          we TILT DOWN to the plant. It TWITCHES AND GROWS AND TWISTS.
                         
          We PUSH IN ON IT, where we see the plant is made, not only of
          cellulose and leaves, but of a BRIGHT COSMIC LIGHT. And we
          KEEPING PUSHING IN, INTO THE PLANT ITSELF, more FLESH-LIKE
          than you'd imagine, where COLORFUL BACTERIA OVERCOMES US as
          "BRANDY" DISTORTS AND TRANSFORMS into something epic.
                         
          O.S. A CRACK OF INTERDIMENSIONAL THUNDER
                         
          SUPER: 34 Years Later
                                                                                       3
                         
                         
          EXT. THE SOVEREIGN - OUTER SPACE
                         
          An artificial, golden planet, made of interlocking orbs,
          revolves around a blue sun.
                         
          We PUSH IN on THUNDEROUS INTERDIMENSIONAL CRACKS on one small
          patch of planet.
                         
          SUPER: THE SOVEREIGN
                 M49 5IOL339P21+H9LNI31
                         
          I/E. POWER STATION - DAY
                         
          A DIMENSIONAL CRACK SNAPS in the sky overhead. PETER QUILL
          looks from it to an old MATTEL ELECTRONICS FOOTBALL GAME
          converted into a tracker. A RED DOT APPROACHES.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Showtime, a-holes! It'll be here
                    any minute!
                         
                              GAMORA (O.S.)
                    Which will be its loss.
                         
          Quill turns toward GAMORA, loading a rifle. DRAX, ROCKET,
          and BABY GROOT also ready themselves for battle in this
          grand, open-air power station. Dozens of BATTERIES are
          couched in conductor towers encircling them. Quill, Gamora,
          and Rocket wear flying rigs.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Is that a rifle?
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    You don't know what a rifle is?
                         
                                             QUILL
                    I thought your thing was a sword.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    We've been hired to stop an
                    interdimensional beast from feeding
                    on those batteries' energy, and I'm
                    going to stop it with a sword?
                         
                                             QUILL
                        (mumbling to himself)
                    Don't look at me like I'm stupid.
                    You're the one being all
                    inconsistent.
                         
          A LOUDER, LARGER CRACK: something seems to be fighting its
          way through the sky.
                                                                                    4
                         
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Drax, why aren't you wearing one of
                    Rocket's aero-rigs?
                         
                                                DRAX
                    It hurts.
                         
                                                GAMORA
                    Hurts?
                         
                                             DRAX
                                       (MUTTERING)
                    I have sensitive nipples.
                         
          Rocket, who is working on a pair of speakers wired to Quill's
          Walkman, LAUGHS HARD at this. Drax points at him.
                         
                                             DRAX (CONT'D)
                    What about him?! What's he doing?!
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    If I finish this, we can listen to
                    tunes while we work.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    How is that a priority?
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Blame Quill! He's the one who loves
                    music so much!
                         
                                             QUILL
                    I agree with Drax. It's hardly
                    important right now.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Oh, sure, okayyyy, Quill.
                         
          Rocket WINKS at him.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    No, I really agree with him.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Sure, I know.
                         
          Rocket WINKS some more.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    I can clearly see you winking.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Damn. I'm using my left eye?
                                                                                       5
                         
                         
          Rocket hears a small GROWL.
                         
          He looks down and sees Baby Groot - newly unpotted, only nine
          inches tall or so - angrily THROWING ASIDE some foraging
          Orloni. Then he looks up at Rocket, explaining:
                         
                                             GROOT
                    I am Groot.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    They were not looking at you funny.
                         
          AN EVEN LARGER CRACK!
                         
          Rocket swirls as a GIGANTIC BEAST - a hundred-foot-long
          Lovecraftian monstrosity - BREAKS THROUGH THE
          INTERDIMENSIONAL RIFT. THE ABILISK is the color of a pinkie
          mouse with kaleidoscopic and deadly SPLATTER MATTER pulsing
          from its maw.
                         
                                             ROCKET (CONT'D)
                    Well. That's intense.
                         
          Rocket, Quill, and Gamora JET-PACK OUT OF THE WAY, while they
          BLAST at the creature. Drax HOLLERS, CHARGING it with his
          twin blades. Quill TURNS ON his mask.
                         
          But we FOCUS on baby Groot, who trots up to the stereo
          speakers and Walkman.
                         
          He fiddles with two wires. They SPARK, the stereo POWERS UP,
          and "MR. BLUE SKY" by ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA PLAYS as -
                         
          THE CREDITS START
                         
          Baby Groot DANCES IN-FOCUS in the foreground as the Guardians
          get PUMMELED by the beast OUT-OF-FOCUS in the background.
                         
          Baby Groot's dancing is arrhythmic and many of his "dance
          moves" are nonsensical mixtures of trembling, swaying, and
          making weird faces.
                         
          But it is joyous.
                         
          As Groot struts, Quill comes ROLLING behind him. As he
          stands, he sees Groot dancing and looks at him, worried.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Groot, look - !
                         
          A TENTACLE FLIES IN FROM OFF-SCREEN, KNOCKING Quill OUT-OF-
          FRAME as Groot dances on, blissfully unaware.
                                                                                       6
                         
                         
          Groot, smiling, dances onward, as DRAX, in the clutches of a
          giant tentacle, is SLAMMED NUMEROUS TIMES BESIDE HIM.
                         
          Groot arrives at GAMORA, who is blasting at the OFF-SCREEN
          BEAST.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Get out of the way, Groot! You're
                    going to get hurt!
                         
          Groot stops dancing.    He WAVES at her.
                         
                                                GAMORA (CONT'D)
                    Hi.
                         
          She AERO-JETS back into the fray.
                         
          As Groot DANCES, Drax FALLS directly behind him.
                         
          Groot FREEZES.
                         
          Drax stares at him a moment, suspicious. Groot stays frozen.
                         
          Drax LEAVES, and Groot COMMENCES THE DANCE where he left off.
                         
          Groot sees an INSECT FLYING BY.
                         
          Suddenly dancing is forgotten and GETTING THIS BUG is all-
          important. He CHASES it.
                         
          He HOPS up and grabs it from the air...
                         
          And starts EATING it.
                         
          Rocket spots this and FLIES DOWN beside him, worried. He
          PRIES OPEN GROOT'S MOUTH with his fingers, frantically trying
          to get it out.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Spit it out! Spit it out!
                         
          Groot COUGHS IT OUT. The bug FLIES crookedly away, one wing
          mulched.
                         
          Rocket JETS OFF back toward the battle, muttering:
                         
                                             ROCKET (CONT'D)
                    Disgusting.
                         
          Groot sees something else and becomes furious. We follow his
          line of sight to a GRAZING ORLONI.
                                                                                       7
                         
                         
          Groot SCREAMS A WAR CRY and ATTACKS IT. He GROWS HIS
          BRANCHES AROUND IT, and the terrified Orloni DARTS AWAY,
          DRAGGING GROOT WITH IT.
                         
          Groot's anger becomes panic as he is DRAGGED AROUND BY THE
          ORLONI and can't let go.
                         
          The Orloni DARTS around the power station and underneath the
          RAGING BATTLE, a CRYING Groot bouncing along behind it.
                         
          Finally, he LETS GO and goes TUMBLING, ROLLING directly INTO
          THE CAMERA.
                         
          And then stands up and, as if none of it happened at all,
          starts DANCING AGAIN.
                         
          We PAN and see the speakers and Walkman beside him, and we
          realize Baby Groot has traveled around the entire Power
          Station and has arrived back where he started -
                         
          When Drax is FLUNG by the beast into the stereo system,
          SMASHING it.
                         
          Groot stops dancing. Angry that Drax has ruined his fun, he
          picks up a piece of the stereo and beats him with it.
                         
          CREDITS END.
                         
          Drax stands and glares at the ferocious beast as Rocket,
          Quill, and Gamora BLAST at it without effect.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    The beast's hide is too thick to be
                    pierced from the outside. I must
                    cut through it from the inside.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Huh?
                         
          Drax HOLLERS, CHARGING the creature.
                         
                                             GAMORA (CONT'D)
                    Drax, no! That doesn't make -
                         
          The creature OPENS ITS ENORMOUS MOUTH, SCREECHING, and Drax
          LEAPS INSIDE IT, instantly swallowed up.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    What is he doing?!
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    He said the skin is too thick to be
                    pierced from the outside, so he --
                                                                                         8
                         
                         
                                             QUILL
                    That doesn't make sense!
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    I tried to tell -- !
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Its skin is the same thickness from
                    the inside as from the out!
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    I REALIZE THAT.
                         
          INT. BEAST'S STOMACH - DOESN'T MATTER
                         
          Drax HOLLERS as he SLASHES AWAY inside the goo of the beast's
          stomach. To no avail.
                         
          I/E. POWER STATION - DAY
                         
          Quill reloads his pistol, thinking.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Gamora, there's a cut on its neck -
                    Rocket, get it to look up.
                         
          Quill and Rocket JET UP HIGH up over the creature as they
          BLAST REPEATEDLY at it.
                         
                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    Hey, you giant Sea Monkey, up here!
                         
          Gamora's rifle is jammed.    She tosses it down.   PULLS HER
          SWORD. SNAPS IT OPEN.
                         
          The beast SCREECHES at Quill and Rocket FLYING overhead.       The
          colorful SPLATTER MATTER FLIES FROM ITS MOUTH, BATTERING
          ROCKET, BURNING his clothes.
                         
          But its neck is exposed, where the skin is thinner, and there
          is a small wound.
                         
          Gamora DASHES, LEAPING HIGH into the air, and she PLUNGES her
          sword directly into the wound.
                         
          She holds tight to the hilt as she FALLS, SLICING AN INCISION
          down the length of the creature's neck.
                         
          The beast WOBBLES, TOPPLES, and DIES. As it COLLAPSES, Drax
          SPILLS OUT of the wound. He raises his arms in victory.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Ha ha! I have single-handedly
                    vanquished the beast!
                                                                                      9
                         
                         
          Quill SCOFFS. Rocket SNORTS. Gamora stares at him, dead-eyed.
          Baby Groot throws a rock at him.
                         
                                             DRAX (CONT'D)
                    What?
                         
          I/E. POWER STATION - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          The Guardians de-rig by the Anulax batteries.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    What are they called again?
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Anulax batteries.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Harbulary batteries.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    That's nothing like what I just
                    said. But they're worth thousands
                    of units a piece. Which is why the
                    Sovereign hired us to protect them.
                         
          Rocket pulls out one of the ANULAX BATTERIES, checking it
          out.
                         
          Gamora, Drax, and Quill walk on. Rocket stays back a moment.
          Quill nods down the walkway, where GOLDEN SOVEREIGN CITIZENS
          stand at the edge of the station, gawking.
                         
                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    Just be careful what you say around
                    these folks. They're easily
                    offended and the cost of
                    transgression is death.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Sounds judgmental for a bunch of
                    golden morons.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    That's the kind of thing you might
                    want to keep to yourself.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    I'll hold my tongue, as long as
                    they deliver what was promised.
                         
          EXT. LAIR OF THE HIGH PRIESTESS - MORNING
                         
          An enormous golden palace in the shape of a globe, dappled by
          morning sunlight.
                                                                                  10
                         
                         
                              AYESHA (O.S.)
                    We thank you, Guardians, for
                    putting your life on the line. We
                    could not risk the lives of our own
                    Sovereign citizens.
                         
                         
          INT. LAIR OF THE HIGH PRIESTESS - DAY
                         
          HIGH PRIESTESS AYESHA is stunningly beautiful with golden
          skin. Her CHAMBERMAIDS and other DENIZENS flutter throughout
          her luxurious lair, all of whom are equally perfect.
                         
                                             AYESHA
                    Every citizen is born exactly as
                    designed by the community,
                    impeccable, both physically and
                    mentally. We control the DNA of our
                    progeny, germinating them in
                    birthing pods.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    I guess I prefer making people the
                    old-fashioned way.
                         
                                             AYESHA
                    Well... perhaps someday you could
                    give me a history lesson in the
                    archaic ways of our ancestors...
                    for academic purposes.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Yeah, I mean, if it's for research
                    that could be pretty --
                         
          Quill sees Gamora staring at him.
                         
                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    Pretty repulsive. I'm not into that
                    kind of casual -
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Oh, please.
                                       (TO AYESHA)
                    Your people promised something in
                    trade for our services. Bring it
                    and we shall gladly be on our way.
                         
          Ayesha nods.
                         
          Two SOLDIERS emerge with A WOMAN in a hood and cloak, her
          wrists bound by SHACKLES. They SHOVE HER TO HER KNEES and
          yank back her hood, REVEALING --
                                                                                     11
                         
                         
          NEBULA. Her clothes are tattered.    Her hand is now just a low-
          tech metal claw.
                         
          She glares at Gamora. Gamora glares at her. Quill looks from
          one to the other, feeling the tension.
                         
                                             QUILL
                                       (QUIETLY)
                    Family reunion. Yaaaay.
                         
                                             AYESHA
                    I understand she is your sister?
                         
          Gamora roughly picks Nebula up, starts to go.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    She's worth no more to me than the
                    bounty due for her on Xandar.
                         
                                             AYESHA
                    Our soldiers apprehended her
                    attempting to steal the batteries.
                    Do with her as you please.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Thank you, High Priestess Ayesha.
                         
          Quill starts to go.
                         
                                             AYESHA
                    What is your heritage, Mr. Quill?
                         
          Quill turns back towards her, uncomfortable with the
          question.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    My mother is from earth.
                         
                                             AYESHA
                    And your father?
                         
                                             QUILL
                    He's... not from Missouri, that's
                    all I know.
                         
          Ayesha stares at him as if she's eaten something foul.
                         
                                             AYESHA
                    I see it within you, an unorthodox
                    genealogy. A hybrid that seems
                    particularly... reckless.
                         
          Quill tries not to let this affect him, but it does. Rocket
          grins a huge, fake grin at Ayesha.
                                                                                      12
                         
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    You know, they told me you people
                    were conceited douchebags. But that
                    isn't true at all.
                         
          Rocket turns to Quill and WINKS.   The Guardians shift
          uncomfortably.
                         
                                             ROCKET (CONT'D)
                    Oh, shit, I'm using my wrong eye
                    again, aren't I?
                                       (TO AYESHA)
                    I'm sorry. That was meant to be
                    behind your back.
                         
          Drax YANKS Rocket away.
                         
          Gamora and Quill head out of the lair. Drax and Rocket are a
          few paces behind.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Count yourself blessed they didn't
                    kill you.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    You're telling me. You wanna buy
                    some batteries?
                         
          Rocket grins and shows Drax something hidden in his bag - TWO
          ANULAX BATTERIES.
                         
          "LAKE SHORE DRIVE" by ALIOTTA, HAYNES, AND JEREMIAH PLAYS.
                         
          Drax LAUGHS. Rocket SHUSHES him so Quill and Gamora don't
          hear.
                         
          EXT. SOVEREIGN SPACE DOCK/THE MILANO - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          The Milano RISES into the blue sunset over the Sovereign
          Space Dock filled with golden, capsule-shaped ships.
                         
          Rocket works the controls as they rise up. He speaks into the
                         COMM:
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Let's get baldy back to Xandar and
                    retrieve that bounty!
                         
          INT. MILANO LOWER FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Groot lies on the rear window peering out the back as they
          pass overhead.
                                                                                   13
                         
                         
          On the CASSETTE PLAYER AWESOME MIX VOL. 2 is playing; we PAN
          away from it, MOVING IN on Quill, looking perturbed as he
          takes off his jacket.
                         
          Gamora is nearby, putting shackles on Nebula.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    You all right?
                         
                                             QUILL
                    That stuff about my father. Who
                    does she think she is?
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    I know you're sensitive about that.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    I'm not sensitive about it. I just
                    don't know who he is.
                         
          Gamora nods.
                         
                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    Sorry if it looked like I was
                    flirting with her. I wasn't.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    I don't care if you were.
                         
          Gamora pushes Nebula to the rear of the craft.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    I think you do care. That's why I'm
                    apologizing.
                         
          Quill watches her go, somewhat longingly.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Gamora is not the one for you,
                    Quill.
                         
          Quill is startled to see Drax directly beside him.
                         
                                             DRAX (CONT'D)
                    There are two types of beings in
                    the universe. Those who dance, and
                    those who do not.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Uh huh.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    I first met my beloved at a war
                    rally.
                                             (MORE)
                                                                                      14
                         
                                             DRAX (CONT'D)
                    Everyone in the village flailed
                    about, dancing. Except one woman.
                    My Ovette. I knew immediately she
                    was the one.
                         
          Quill nods, trying to be polite.
                         
                                             DRAX (CONT'D)
                    The most melodic song in the world
                    could be playing, and she wouldn't
                    even tap her foot. She wouldn't
                    move a muscle. One might assume she
                    was dead.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Well, that is pretty hot, but--
                         
                                             DRAX
                    It would make my nether regions
                                   ENGORGE -
                         
                                             QUILL
                    All right, okay, fascinating, don't
                    need to hear it. I get your point,
                    I'm a dancer and Gamora is not.
                         
          Drax smiles kindly, clutches Quill's shoulder.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    You just need to find a woman who
                    is pathetic, like you.
                         
          At the rear of the ship, Gamora roughly restrains Nebula.
          Nebula notices a bowl of fruit.
                         
                                              NEBULA
                    I am hungry. Hand me some of that
                    yaro root.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    No. It's not ripe yet. And I hate
                    you.
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    You hate me?! You left me there
                    while you stole that stone for
                    yourself. Yet here you stand, a
                    hero, a Garden of the Galaxy!
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    A what?
                         
          Nebula stares at her, confused.
                                                                                   15
                         
                         
                                             GAMORA (CONT'D)
                    `Guardians of the Galaxy.'
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    Oh.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Why would we be `the Gardens of the
                    Galaxy'?
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    I don't know. I thought it was
                    stupid.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Yeah, it would be.
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    It's still wordy.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    I wasn't the one who thought of it.
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    Your name doesn't matter. I'll be
                    free of these shackles soon enough,
                    and I'll kill you, I swear.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    No. You'll live out your days in a
                    prison on Xandar, wishing you
                    could.
                         
          WARNING LIGHTS FLASH.
                         
          I/E. MILANO FLIGHT DECK - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Gamora MOVES UP from the stairs. Rocket and Quill are in the
          pilot seats. Drax is moving up from the back.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    We got an armed Sovereign fleet,
                    approaching from the rear.
                         
          Gamora takes the center seat, sees a REARVIEW SCAN:
                         
          Golden, capsule-shaped, Sovereign OMNICRAFT, with a video
          screen on front and a blaster on each side - getting closer.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Why would they do that?!
                                                                                     16
                         
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Probably because Rocket stole some
                    of their batteries.
                         
          Quill and Gamora look at Rocket, astounded.    Rocket gawks at
          Drax, betrayed.
                         
                                              ROCKET
                    Dude.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Oh, right. He didn't steal one of
                    those. I don't know why they're
                    after us. What a mystery this is.
                         
          THE SOVEREIGN FIRE UPON THE MILANO.
                         
          Quill does his best to evade their blasts.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    What were you thinking?!
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Dude, it was really easy to steal.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    That's your defense?
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Come on. You saw how that high-
                    priestess talked down to us! I'm
                    teaching her a lesson!
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Oh! I didn't realize your
                    motivation was altruism. A shame
                    the Sovereign have mistaken your
                    intentions and are trying to kill
                    us.
                         
                                              ROCKET
                    Exactly.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    I WAS BEING SARCASTIC!
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Oh no! You tricked me! You're
                    supposed to use a sarcastic voice!
                    Now I look foolish!
                         
          Drax points at Rocket and LAUGHS at him.
                                                                                     17
                         
                         
                                             QUILL
                    SHUT UP, DRAX! You knew! You should
                    have told us!
                         
          Drax is aghast. He looks at Rocket.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Did you tell him it was easy to
                    steal?
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Are you kidding me?
                         
                                             DRAX
                    What?
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    You never listen to anything!
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    None of you listens! Can we please
                    just put the bickering on hold
                    until after we survive the massive
                    space battle?!
                         
          Rocket glances at Quill, nodding back at Gamora.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Whoa. Somebody woke up on the wrong
                    side of the bed this morning.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Do not try to bro down with me
                    right now, dude. I will fricking
                    punch you in your fricking face.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Real nice! Resorting to violence.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    More incoming!
                         
          MORE SHIP FLY AT THEM from the front.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    GOOD! I WANT TO KILL SOME GUYS!
                         
          They twist and turn between the oncoming ships as ROCKET
          FIRES AT THEM, SCREAMING. They EXPLODE.
                         
          On the front of the Sovereign ships is the VIDEO IMAGE OF A
          PILOT.
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                              SOVEREIGN PILOT (ON SHIP)
                    Bloody hell!
                         
          INT. SOVEREIGN PILOT BAY - DAY
                         
          The same SOVEREIGN PILOT sits in a REMOTE POD. On a SCREEN in
          front of her we see ROCKET FIRING.
                         
          The SHIP IS HIT and the SCREEN GOES STATIC.
                         
          The Pilot SHOUTS in anger, like a kid who lost at a video
          game.
                         
          High Priestess Ayesha surveys from a walkway above; ROWS OF
          PODS containing PILOTS, all flying their Omnicraft remotely.
                         
          I/E. MILANO FLIGHT DECK
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    You're not killing anyone. Those
                    ships are all remotely piloted.
                         
          INT. SOVEREIGN PILOT BAY - DAY
                         
          A SOVEREIGN ADMIRAL is beside Ayesha.
                         
                                             AYESHA
                    What is the delay, Admiral?
                         
                                             ADMIRAL
                    High Priestess, if we destroy their
                    craft, we risk destroying the
                    batteries. They're extraordinarily
                    combustible and could, in turn,
                    destroy the entire fleet.
                         
                                             AYESHA
                    We have thousands of batteries and
                    thousands of ships. Our concern is
                    their slight against our people. We
                    hired them and they steal from us?
                    It is heresy of the highest order.
                         
          The Admiral speaks into his comm.
                         
                                             ADMIRAL
                    All command modules -
                         
          A FRIGHTENED SOVEREIGN PILOT, on the outskirts of the battle,
          hears the Admiral in his headset.
                         
                              ADMIRAL (O.S.) (CONT'D)
                    Fire with the intent to kill.
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          A MEAN SOVEREIGN PILOT, FIRING at the Milano, smirks.
                         
          I/E. MILANO FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          THE MILANO'S WING IS STRUCK.   The EMERGENCY SYSTEMS FLASH ON.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    What's the closest habitable
                    planet?
                         
          Gamora dances her fingers over the UNIVERSAL NEURAL
          TELEPORTATION NETWORK, clicking through "jump points" until
          she finds one.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    It's called Berhert.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    How many jumps?
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Only one. But the access point is
                    47 clicks away. And it's through
                    that Quantum Asteroid Field over
                    there.
                         
          Quill spots, to his side, a HUGE FIELD OF SMALL, GLOWING
          ASTEROIDS, SWIRLING IN RANDOM PATTERNS, DISAPPEARING OUT OF
          SPACE and EMERGING AGAIN a few feet or a few yards away.
                         
          Quill ZOOMS SIDEWAYS toward the field.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Quill, to make it through that,
                    you'd have to be the greatest pilot
                    in the universe.
                         
          Quill smirks.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Lucky for us -
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    I am.
                         
          Rocket FLIPS the pilot controls between them so that he's the
          one piloting the ship. Quill gapes at him.
                         
          The Milano DIVES into the QUANTUM ASTEROID FIELD, SWOOPING in
          and around the SWIRLING ATOMIZED STONES, barely missing them.
                         
          The Sovereign ships FOLLOW. They are not pilots on par with
          Rocket, so most of the ships are immediately PELTED WITH
          STONES AND DESTROYED.
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          INT. SOVEREIGN PILOT BAY - DAY
                         
          One after another the SOVEREIGN PILOTS screens go blank, and
          they FALL BACK, angry and upset.
                         
          PUSH IN on Ayesha, barely containing her fury.
                         
          I/E. MILANO FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Quill FLIPS the controls back, so he's piloting again.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    What are you doing?!
                         
                                             QUILL
                    I've been flying this rig since I
                    was ten years old.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    I was cybernetically engineered to
                    pilot a spacecraft!
                         
          Rocket FLIPS the controls back to him.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    You were cybernetically engineered
                    to be a douchebag.
                         
          Quill FLIPS the controls back to him.
                         
                                              GAMORA
                    Stop it!
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Quill, later on tonight you're
                    gonna lay down in your bed and
                    there's gonna be something squishy
                    in your pillowcase and you're gonna
                    be, like, `what's this?' and it's
                    gonna be because I put a turd in
                    there.
                         
          Rocket FLIPS the switch back.
                         
                                              QUILL
                    You put your turd in my bed, I
                    shave you.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Oh it won't be my turd, it will be
                    Drax's.
                         
          Drax LAUGHS cheerfully. Gamora glances at him. He explains:
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                                             DRAX
                    I have famously huge turds.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    We're about to die, and this is
                    what we're discussing?
                         
                                             DRAX
                    They raise havoc with the pipes.
                    That's why I do all the plumbing. I
                    take responsibility for my actions.
                    Unlike some people...
                         
          Drax eyes baby Groot.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Groot, he's right, you have to
                    start aiming inside the box.
                         
          Groot looks ashamed. Quill FLIPS the controls back.
                         
                                              GAMORA
                    Stop it.
                         
          Rocket SWITCHES it back. Quill SWITCHES it back.
                         
          They're nearing the end of the Asteroid Field when both go to
          switch it at the same time and --
                         
          WHAM! A LARGE ASTEROID SMASHES THROUGH the stern of the
          Milano.
                         
          I/E. MILANO LIVING AREA - OUTER SPACE
                         
          A CHUNK OF THE REAR OF THE CRAFT DISAPPEARS.
                         
          Nebula IS SUCKED toward the hole - but, fortunately, her arms
          are shackled to a post, so she doesn't fly out.
                         
          Her face and body cover with frost.
                         
          I/E. MILANO FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Everything FLIES AROUND THE SPACECRAFT, RUSHING THROUGH THE
          HOLE.
                         
          Groot GOES FLYING, but Quill CATCHES HIM, and casually TOSSES
          him back to Drax --
                         
          So that he can punch in a code, causing -
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          I/E. MILANO LIVING AREA - OUTER SPACE
                         
          A PROTECTIVE ENERGY SHIELD SLIDES UP in front of the hole.
          Nebula COLLAPSES to the floor. She yells upstairs --
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    Idiots!
                         
          I/E. MILANO FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Everyone catches their breath, relieved.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Well, that's what you get when
                    Quill flies.
                         
          Gamora THROWS SOMETHING HARD at the back of Rocket's head.
                         
                                             ROCKET (CONT'D)
                    Ow!
                         
                                              GAMORA
                    There's still a Sovereign craft
                    behind us!
                         
          The electronics FLICKER.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Our weapons are down!
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Twenty clicks to the jump.
                         
          The Mean Pilot BLASTS at them from the sole Sovereign Craft,
          TAKING OUT another part of a wing. The Milano is TREMBLING.
                         
          Drax starts climbing down into the living area.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Where's he going?
                         
          INT. SOVEREIGN PILOT BAY - DAY
                         
          A group of pilots have gathered around the Mean Pilot,
          rooting him on, like kids at a video arcade.
                         
                                             FRIGHTENED PILOT
                    Come on, Zylak, you can do this.
                         
          I/E. MILANO LIVING AREA - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Nebula sees the bowl of yaro root has spilled in front of
          her.
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          She reaches for a piece, but it's KICKED OUT OF HER WAY.
                         
          She looks up to see Drax, grabbing a cable on a spool
          attached to the wall.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    It's not ripe.
                         
          Drax HOOKS the cable to his belt. A folder on the wall reads
          SPACESUITS FOR EMERGENCY and, below that, in Rocket's scrawl:
          OR FOR FUN.
                         
          Drax pulls a small disk from the folder. He slaps it between
          his shoulder blades and a SHIMMERY SHEATH COVERS HIS ENTIRE
          BODY - a thin force-field spacesuit.
                         
          I/E. MILANO FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Gamora watches THE MAP leading to the jump point.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Fifteen clicks.
                         
          Another BLAST from the Sovereign craft HITS them.
                         
          INT. SOVEREIGN PILOT BAY - DAY
                         
          The pilots rooting on the Mean Pilot erupt into CHEERS.
                         
          I/E. MILANO LIVING AREA - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Drax grabs a huge rifle.
                         
          He punches buttons on the wall. A SECOND PROTECTIVE SHIELD
          OPENS UP between him and Nebula, and THE FIRST PROTECTIVE
          SHEATH OPENS, exposing him to space --
                         
          INT. SOVEREIGN PILOT BAY - DAY
                         
          The Mean Pilot watches in awe as Drax JUMPS OUT the back of
          the Milano.
                         
          I/E. MILANO LIVING AREA - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Drax smiles. The cable UNSPOOLS and SNAPS TAUT when it
          reaches its end.
                         
          Drax is DRAGGED HAPHAZARDLY by the Milano like a water sled
          on a boat.
                         
          I/E. MILANO FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          ON THE MAP, the jump point gets closer.
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                                             GAMORA
                    Ten clicks.
                         
          I/E. MILANO LIVING AREA - OUTER SPACE
                         
          The Mean Pilot BLASTS WILDLY at Drax, missing him by mere
          inches.
                         
          Drax brings the sight to his eye.   Aims at the ship.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Die, spaceship.
                         
          And he SHOOTS, BLASTING the Sovereign ship.
                         
          INT. SOVEREIGN PILOT BAY - DAY
                         
          The Mean Pilot SCREAMS as his lights go out. The Frightened
          Pilot shakes his head in disgust.
                         
                                             FRIGHTENED PILOT
                    You suck, Zylak.
                         
          Zylak is really sad.
                         
          I/E. MILANO FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          As Quill and Rocket leave the asteroid field, it seems for a
          moment they're scot-free...
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Five clicks!
                         
          Then DOZENS OF OMNICRAFT pull around them on both sides.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Son-of-a-! They went around the
                    field!
                         
          INT. SOVEREIGN PILOT BAY - DAY
                         
          Ayesha smiles.
                         
          I/E. MILANO FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          It looks like the end of the road for the Guardians when -
                         
          THERE IS A BLINDING BURST OF LIGHT AND ALL OF THE OMNICRAFT
          EXPLODE.
                         
          INT. SOVEREIGN PILOT BAY - DAY
                         
          Ayesha watches in shock as the screens in the pods go dead.
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                                             ADMIRAL
                    Someone destroyed all the ships.
                         
                                             AYESHA
                    What?! WHO?!
                         
          But the Admiral doesn't know.
                         
          I/E. MILANO FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Rocket sees the BRIGHT WHITE LIGHT is emanating from an OVAL-
          SHAPED SPACECRAFT.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    What is that?!
                         
          Quill sees the FLICKERING framework of a JUMP POINT.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Doesn't matter! That's the jump
                    point! GO! GO!
                         
          As they're about to reach the jump point, Rocket sees a MAN
          standing casually atop the oval ship, LIGHT BURSTING THROUGH
          HIS BODY and into the craft - the source of the explosion.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    It's a guy.
                         
          Quill doesn't see as the Milano DISAPPEARS INTO THE JUMP
          POINT.
                         
          I/E. MILANO LIVING AREA/DIRECTLY ABOVE BERHERT - DAY
                         
          The ship POPS IN HERE, TELEPORTING directly above the earth-
          like planet. Because the ship is in such bad shape, parts of
          it TEAR OFF AND SPIRAL AWAY as it enters this new atmosphere.
                         
          I/E. MILANO FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Gamora sees Drax being dragged in the REARVIEW MONITOR.
                         
                                                GAMORA
                    Oh my God.
                         
          I/E. MILANO LIVING AREA/DIRECTLY ABOVE BERHERT - DAY
                         
          Drax WHIPS WILDLY OUT of the back of the ship.   The CABLE
          SPOOL on the wall is coming off -
                         
          I/E. MILANO FLIGHT DECK/BERHERT FOREST - DAY
                         
          Quill sees a green forest APPROACHING UNBELIEVABLY FAST.
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          He turns toward Gamora, but she's gone. Instead Baby Groot
          is sitting alone, happily munching on candies as if he's
          watching a movie.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Groot, put on your seat belt!
                         
          I/E. MILANO LIVING AREA/DIRECTLY ABOVE BERHERT - DAY
                         
          The SPOOL DETACHES and FLIES toward the back, which would
          leave Drax in the upper reaches of the planet's atmosphere -
                         
          But Gamora has made it downstairs - she GRABS ONTO THE SPOOL
          with one hand while CLUTCHING onto a secure part of the ship
          with her other. As it SNAPS TIGHT, it nearly wrenches her
          apart. She GROANS.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Prepare for a really bad -
                         
          The Milano HITS THE TREES, BARRELING OVER THEM.    They PART
          and FLATTEN and SWAT at the windshield.
                         
          Out back, Gamora HOLDS TIGHT despite searing pain, as Drax
          BOUNCES VIOLENTLY off the trees.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow!
                         
          And, eventually, the Milano comes to an ABRUPT STOP.
                         
                         SUPER: BERHERT
                 M20 22A4834126+306CA12
                         
          Drax pushes himself up in the dirt. He CHUCKLES.    He glances
          back at Gamora like the madman he is.
                         
                                             DRAX (CONT'D)
                    That was awesome.
                         
          Gamora nods, sure, yeah, okay, whatever, dude.
                         
          I/E. CRASHED MILANO - CLEARING - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          CRANE DOWN OVER THE SMOKING, BATTERED MILANO TO our heroes,
          and a still-shackled Nebula.
                         
                                                GAMORA
                    Either one    of you could have gotten
                    us through    that field, if you had
                    flown with    what's between your ears
                    instead of    what's between your
                    legs!
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                                             QUILL
                    If what's between my legs had a
                    hand on it, I guarantee I could
                    have landed this ship.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    It's not funny, Peter. We almost
                    died. Because of your arrogance.
                         
                                              QUILL
                                       (RE: ROCKET)
                    More like because he stoled Anulax
                    batteries!
                         
                                             DRAX
                    They're called Harbulary batteries.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    No, they're not!
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    You know why I did it, Star-Munch?
                         
          Quill fumes.
                         
                                                ROCKET (CONT'D)
                    Do you?
                         
                                             QUILL
                    I'm not going to answer to `Star-
                    Munch.'
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    I DID IT BECAUSE I WANTED TO.
                         
                                                QUILL
                    Dick.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    What are we even talking about this
                    for? We just had a little man save
                    us by blowing up fifty ships!
                         
                                             DRAX
                    How little?
                         
          Rocket shows him with his finger and thumb.
                         
                                                ROCKET
                    Like this.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    A little one-inch man saved us?
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                                             ROCKET
                    Well, if he got closer I'm sure
                    he'd be much larger.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    That's how eyes work, you stupid
                    raccoon.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Don't call me a raccoon!
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Oh, I'm sorry, I meant to say
                    `trash panda.'
                         
          Rocket pauses, unsure, looks at Drax.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Is that better?
                         
                                             DRAX
                    I don't know.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    It's worse.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    YOU SON-OF-A-!!
                         
          Rocket LEAPS, SNAPPING at Quill, when Nebula looks up into
          the sky.
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    Someone followed you through the
                    jump point.
                         
          A HUGE SPACESHIP HOVERS overhead.
                         
          The Guardians COCK THEIR WEAPONS as they FALL BACK-TO-BACK in
          tight formation.
                         
                                             NEBULA (CONT'D)
                    Set me free. You'll need my help.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    I'm not a fool, Nebula.
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    You're a fool if you deprive
                    yourself a hand in combat.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    You'll attack me the moment I let
                    you go.
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                                             NEBULA
                        (mumbly, unconvincing)
                    No, I won't.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    You'd think an evil supervillain
                    would learn how to properly lie.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    I bet it's the one-inch man!!
                         
          The SHIP LANDS, CRUSHING ALL OF THE TREES AROUND IT.
                         
          A HATCH OPENS, and an adventurous, outer space frontiersman
          steps forward. He has grown hardened and haggard over the
          years, but he is definitely the MYSTERIOUS MAN from the
          beginning of the film. MANTIS, a creepy woman with antennae,
          emerges behind him.
                         
          The Man smiles.
                         
                                             MYSTERIOUS MAN
                    After all these years, I've found
                    you.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Who the hell are you?
                         
                                             MYSTERIOUS MAN
                    I figured my rugged good looks
                    would make that obvious. My name's
                    Ego. And I'm your Dad, Peter.
                         
          EXT. CONTRAXIA - OUTER SPACE
                         
          QUIET. A planet of mostly water and white icy patches of
          land, revolving around two overlapping suns.
                         
                         SUPER: CONTRAXIA
                 M15 5127512731+X1955KX
                         
          EXT. THE IRON LOTUS - DAY
                         
          SNOW FALLS GENTLY over this sleepy, pastel-colored town of
          wood and stone buildings.
                         
          PUSH IN on the Iron Lotus, a robot brothel and saloon.
          ASSORTED RAVAGERS, including KRAGLIN, as well as some ROBOTIC
          COURTESANS, are drunk and GIGGLING, trying to catch
          snowflakes on their tongues.
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          INT. IRON LOTUS SUITE - DAY
                         
          YONDU UDONTA is staring out the window as he puts on his
          pants. He looks utterly disconnected and alone.
                         
          Behind him are three ROBOT COURTESANS.   One pushes a button
          on her neck and she POWERS DOWN.
                         
                              TULLK (O.S.)
                    Yondu! Come on down!
                         
          Yondu looks down at the street where an older Ravager, TULLK,
          drunkenly dances, waving for him to join.
                         
          INT. IRON LOTUS - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Yondu exits his suite. Two bodyguards, BRAHL and HALF-NUT,
          salute and follow him as he descends the stairwell.
                         
          At the bottom of the stairs a group of RAVAGERS in BLUE
          UNIFORMS LAUGH. A gruff, older warrior, STAKAR, and a man
          seemingly made of diamonds, MARTINEX are among them.
                         
          Yondu stops when he sees them. He's struck. Stakar LAUGHS as
          he tells a story -
                         
                                             STAKAR
                    And I was like, Aleta, I love you,
                    but you're crazy now, you always
                                   BEEN -
                         
          Yondu approaches Stakar with trepidation.
                         
                                               YONDU
                    Stakar.
                         
          Stakar is surprised to see him.
                         
                                             YONDU (CONT'D)
                    Been some time. I'd -
                         
                                             STAKAR
                    Seems like this establishment is
                    the wrong kind of disreputable.
                         
          The blue-coats turn and walk away.
                         
                                               YONDU
                    Stakar...
                         
          Stakar glances at the PROPRIETOR as he passes her.
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                                             STAKAR
                    There are a hundred Ravager
                    factions, Sneeper. You just lost
                    the business of ninety-nine by
                    serving one.
                         
                                             PROPRIETOR
                    Please, sir! Sir!
                         
          Yondu stands there for a moment, hurt, as they head out the
          door.
                         
          But, little by little, his hurt turns to rage and he FOLLOWS.
                         
          EXT. IRON LOTUS - DAY
                         
          Yondu trots quickly toward Stakar and the others.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    You all can go to hell! I don't
                    care what you think of me!
                         
          Stakar swirls toward him, furious.
                         
                                             STAKAR
                    Then why you following us for?!
                         
                                             YONDU
                    `Cause you'll listen to what I got
                    to say!
                         
                                             STAKAR
                    I don't got to listen to nothing!
                    You betrayed the code! Ravagers
                    don't deal in kids!
                         
                                             YONDU
                    I didn't know what was going on -
                         
                                             STAKAR
                    You didn't know `cause you didn't
                    want to know, `cause it made you
                    rich!
                         
                                             YONDU
                    I demand a seat at the table! I
                    wear the flames same as you!
                         
                                             STAKAR
                    You may dress like a Ravager but
                    you won't hear no Horns of Freedom
                    when you die, boy, and the Colors
                    of Ogord will not flash over your
                    grave!
                                             (MORE)
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                                             STAKAR (CONT'D)
                    You think I take some pleasure in
                    exiling you, you're wrong. You
                    broke all our hearts.
                         
          Stakar and the others storm away. Martinex stays a moment,
          staring at Yondu, and then moves on too.
                         
          Yondu is left alone, shaken as the WHITE SNOW FALLS GENTLY on
          his blue face.
                         
          NEARBY, a MONSTROUS RAVAGER leans in toward Kraglin, Tullk,
          GEF THE RAVAGER, OBLO, and RETCH. As he eyes Yondu, he
                         WHISPERS:
                         
                                             MONSTROUS RAVAGER
                    First Quill betrays us and Yondu
                    just lets him go, scot-free. Now
                    he's getting all riled over
                    nothing. We followed him `cause he
                    was the one wasn't afraid to do
                    what needed to be done. Seems like
                    he's going soft.
                         
                                             KRAGLIN
                    If he's so soft why you whispering
                    for?
                         
                                             MONSTROUS RAVAGER
                    You know I'm right, Kraglin.
                         
                                             TULLK
                    You best watch what you say about
                    the Cap'n, Tay -
                         
                                             RETCH
                    Who the hell is that?!
                         
          Tullk stops when he sees High Priestess Ayesha approaching
          beside them. The Chambermaids ROLL OUT a LONG BLUE CLOTH so
          she doesn't touch unconsecrated ground.
                         
          She STOPS at the carpet's end. Does her best to force a
          smile.
                         
                                             AYESHA
                    Yondu Udonta, I have a proposition
                    for you.
                         
          Yondu looks at her.
                         
                                             EGO (PRE-LAP)
                    When your mother passed away, I
                    hired Yondu to pick you up.
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          EXT. CAMPFIRE/CRASHED MILANO - NIGHT
                         
          Quill sits around a campfire with Ego, Mantis and the others,
          eating. Ego indulges heartily.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    I would have done so myself, but I
                    was in the midst of an outlandish
                    adventure at the time, battling
                    demonic forces to save this
                    dimension or some such nonsense - I
                    can't quite recall, it all bleeds
                    together after awhile. But instead
                    of returning you, Yondu kept you. I
                    have no clue as to why.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Because I was a skinny kid who
                    could squeeze into places adults
                    couldn't, making thieving easier.
                         
                                             EGO
                    I've been trying to track you down
                    ever since.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    I thought Yondu was your father.
                         
                                               QUILL
                    What?
                         
          Drax stares at him.
                         
                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    We've been together all this time
                    and you thought Yondu was my
                    actual, blood relative?
                         
                                             DRAX
                    You look exactly alike.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    One's blue.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    He wasn't my father. Yondu was the
                    guy who abducted me. He'd beat the
                    crap out of me so I'd learn how to
                    fight and he kept me in terror
                    threatening to eat me.
                         
                                               EGO
                    Eat you?!
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                                              QUILL
                    Yes.
                         
                                             EGO
                    That son-of-a-bitch.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    How'd you locate us now?
                         
                                             EGO
                    Even where I reside, out past the
                    edge of what's known, we've heard
                    tell of the man they call Star-
                    Lord.
                         
          He stands, handing his dish to Gamora.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    Say we head out that way now? Your
                    associates are welcome, even that
                    triangle-faced monkey there.
                         
          Rocket, self-conscious, feels his nose.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    I promise you, it's like no place
                    you've ever seen. And there I can
                    explain your very special heritage,
                    and finally be the father I've
                    always wanted to be.
                                       (ALMOST TEARY)
                    `Scuse me. I gotta take a whizz.
                         
          Ego leaves.   Quill looks at Gamora.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Not buying it.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Peter, we need to take a walk.
                         
          EXT. CAMPFIRE/CRASHED MILANO - NIGHT
                         
          Ego is WHISTLING "BRANDY" and PEEING into the bushes.
                         
          Mantis looks at Drax. She GRINS, or at least her best attempt
          at grinning. It's kind of creepy.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    I am Mantis.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    What are you doing?
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                                             MANTIS
                    Smiling. I hear it is the thing to
                    do to make people like you.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Not if you do it like that.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    Oh. I was raised alone on Ego's
                    planet. I do not understand the
                    intricacies of social interaction.
                         
          She points at Rocket.
                         
                                             MANTIS (CONT'D)
                    Can I pet your puppy? It is
                    adorable.
                         
                                             DRAX
                                       (MISCHIEVOUS)
                    Yes...
                         
          She goes to pet Rocket: startled, he SWIRLS and SNAPS at her.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    AHH!
                         
          She pulls back her hand. Drax LAUGHS, heartily.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    That's called a practical joke!
                         
          She GIGGLES.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    I liked it very much!
                         
          They both LAUGH together. Nebula shakes her head with
          disbelief.
                         
          EXT. BESIDE CRASHED MILANO - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Quill and Gamora enter this private spot; the campfire
          flickers through the trees beyond them.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Give me a break! After all this
                    time, and he just expects to be my
                    Dad all of the sudden!
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    I hear you.
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                                   QUILL
          I mean, this could be a trap - the
          Kree purists, the Ravagers, now the
          Sovereign - they all want us dead.
                         
                                   GAMORA
          I know, but -
                         
                                     QUILL
          But what?
                         
                                   GAMORA
          What was that story you told me
          about Zardu Hasselfrau?
                         
                                     QUILL
          Who?
                         
                                   GAMORA
          The wonderful television-singer
          man. He had a magic boat.
                         
                                   QUILL
          David Hasselhoff?
                         
                                     GAMORA
          Right.
                         
                                   QUILL
          He had a talking car, not a magic -
                         
                                   GAMORA
          Why did it talk again?
                         
                                   QUILL
          Just to be a good friend, I guess.
                         
                                   GAMORA
          And as a child you carried his
          picture in your pocket, and you
          told the other children he was your
          father, but he was out of town --
                         
                                   QUILL
                             (EMBARRASSED)
          Shooting Knight Rider or touring
          with his band in Germany. Why are
          you bringing this up now? I was
          drunk when I told you that.
                         
                                   GAMORA
          I love that story.
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                                             QUILL
                    I don't. It's just sad! I was so
                    sad because I'd see the other kids
                    off playing catch with their dads,
                    and I wanted that, more than
                    anything in the world.
                         
          Gamora takes Quill's hands in her own.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    My point is, maybe this man is your
                    Hasselhoff. I know it's a long
                    shot. But I lost my father as a
                    child. I'd give anything...
                         
          Quill nods, grudgingly.
                         
                                             GAMORA (CONT'D)
                    If he ends up being evil, we'll
                    just kill him.
                         
          Quill CHUCKLES.
                         
                                             GAMORA (CONT'D)
                    What's funny?
                         
          I/E. CRASHED MILANO - SUNRISE
                         
          Inside the ship, "THE CHAIN" BY FLEETWOOD MAC PLAYS on the
          cassette player. Nebula is angry.
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    You're leaving me with that fox?!
                         
          Rocket is SOLDERING the ship.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    He's not a fox.
                         
          Gamora glances at Rocket as she grabs her outer-space-
          adventurer version of luggage.
                         
                                             GAMORA (CONT'D)
                    Shoot her if she does anything
                    suspicious. Or if you feel like it.
                         
          Rocket GRUNTS.    Gamora looks at a sad Baby Groot.
                         
                                             GAMORA (CONT'D)
                    It will just be a couple days.
                    We'll be back before Rocket's
                    finished fixing the ship.
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          Gamora steps out. Rocket sees Groot, who is ABOUT TO CRY as
          he watches them go.
                         
          Drax and Quill come from the back of the ship.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    What about your spool of songs?
                         
                                             QUILL
                    I have clones.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    What if the Sovereign come?
                         
                                             QUILL
                    There's no way for them to know
                    they're here.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    I am uncertain about parting ways.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    You're like an old woman.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Because I am wise?
                         
          Quill turns to Rocket as Drax and Gamora head toward the
          ship. He starts to say something nice - perhaps something
          conciliatory but --
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Hope daddy isn't as big of a dick
                    as you, orphan boy.
                         
          Quill just shakes his head and SNICKERS.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    So what's your goal here? To get
                    everyone to hate you? `Cause it's
                    working.
                         
          Quill turns back around with Gamora and Drax and walks away.
                         
          Rocket looks at the others leaving as THE SONG BECOMES SCORE:
          I can still hear you saying you will never break the chain.
          Rocket watches them move away.
                         
          IN SLOW-MOTION, Quill, Drax, and Gamora approach the oval
          ship. The slit opens. Ego, with Mantis, is waiting inside.
                         
          Ego smiles and CLASPS his hand on Quill as he enters.
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          INT. EGOS SHIP. SUNRISE
                         
          Quill sits back against the wall, alone, nervous. He looks
          across the way at a SLEEP CHAMBER, where Mantis helps Ego lie
          down on a slab.
                         
          She places her hand on his forehead with her hand: her
          antennae ALIGHT. And he drifts off to sleep.
                         
          Quill takes a small, folded piece of paper out of his pocket.
                         
          It's the PHOTO OF DAVID HASSELHOFF.
                         
          He looks at it, then looks at Ego.    Quill's eyes fill with
          cautious hope. And the SONG ENDS.
                         
          EXT. BERHERT - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Ego's ship rises, blocking out the sun.
                         
          EXT. EGO'S SHIP - OUTER SPACE
                         
          The Orb moves through a rainbowish funnel of space and time;
          technology beyond what even the Guardians know.
                         
          INT. EGO'S SHIP - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Quill and Drax are drinking tea and LAUGHING with Mantis.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Can I ask you a personal question?
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    Oh, no one has ever asked me a
                    personal question!
                         
                                             QUILL
                    The antennae, what are they for?
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    Their purpose?
                         
          Gamora ENTERS, pouring herself some tea.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Yes, Quill and I have a bet.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    You're not supposed to say that.
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                                             DRAX
                    I say that if you are about to go
                    through a doorway that is too low,
                    your antennae will feel this, and
                    stop you from being decapitated.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Just making clear - if it's
                    anything else - any other answer -
                    I win?
                         
          Gamora smiles, warmed by the good-natured, by-now-familiar
          bickering between Quill and Drax.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    They are not for feeling doorways.
                         
                                             DRAX
                                       (BUMMED)
                    Damn. I just lost my entire life's
                    savings.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Three pairs of pants.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    I think they have something to do
                    with my empathic abilities.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    What are - ?
                         
                                              MANTIS
                    If I touch someone I can feel their
                                   FEELINGS -
                         
                                             QUILL
                    You read minds?
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    No. Telepaths know thoughts.
                    Empaths feel feelings. Emotions.
                         
          She looks at Quill.
                         
                                               MANTIS (CONT'D)
                    May I?
                         
          Quill doesn't stop her. Mantis, cautiously, touches him.   Her
          hand quivers as his emotions shoot through her and her
          antennae ALIGHT. She is moved.
                         
                                             MANTIS (CONT'D)
                    You feel love.
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                                             QUILL
                    Yeah, I guess, yeah, I have sort of
                    a general, unselfish love for
                    everyone.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    No, romantic, sexual love.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    No. No, I don't.
                         
          Mantis nods at Gamora.
                         
                                              MANTIS
                    For her.
                         
                                              QUILL
                    No.
                         
          Gamora is embarrassed. Drax starts LAUGHING UPROARIOUSLY.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    She just told everyone your
                    deepest, darkest secret, Quill!
                    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
                         
                                             QUILL
                    What the hell, dude? That's a total
                    overreaction.
                         
          Drax SLAPS HIS CHEST.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    DO ME! DO ME!
                         
          Mantis touches Drax. She grins brightly.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    I have never felt such humor!
                         
          She starts GIGGLING and before long both she and Drax are
          LAUGHING HYSTERICALLY.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    You got to be kidding me.
                         
          Drax and Mantis both point at Quill, clutching onto each
          other and FALLING OVER WITH LAUGHTER. Quill's humiliated.
                         
                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    That's so incredibly uncool.
                         
          Mantis wipes the tears from her eyes, composing herself. She
          goes to touch Gamora, who grabs her wrist though her clothes.
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                                             GAMORA
                    Touch me. And the only thing you're
                    going to feel is a broken jaw.
                         
          Mantis smiles, nods, backs away.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    I can also alter emotions, to some
                    extent.
                         
                                                QUILL
                    Like what?
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    If I touch someone who is sad I can
                    ease them into contentment, for a
                    short while. I can make a stubborn
                    person compliant. But I mostly use
                    it to help my Master sleep. He lies
                    awake at night, thinking about his
                    progeny.
                         
          Quill looks at her, struck by this.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Do one of those on me!
                         
          Mantis touches him.    He grins expectantly.
                         
                                                MANTIS
                    Sleep.
                         
          Drax COLLAPSES, INSTANTLY ASLEEP. Mantis smiles at the
          others, hoping she has pleased. Quill and Gamora look at
          Drax, SNORING. They're surprised.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Is that real?
                         
                                             QUILL
                    It's kind of like someone put a
                    baby's head on a big, muscular
                    body, isn't it?
                         
                                                         FADE TO BLACK.
                         
          O.S. ALIEN INSECTS CHIRP
                         
          EXT. CRASHED MILANO - NIGHT
                         
          Four moons shine over the forest. The campfire CRACKLES
          beside the Milano, and "SOUTHERN NIGHTS" BY GLENN CAMPBELL
          emerges from the cassette player within.
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          The Monstrous Ravager and Kraglin lead a group of Ravagers up
          over a ravine. Dozens of M-Ships quietly lower behind them.
          Kraglin nods toward the sounds of Glenn Campbell in the
          distance. They raise their weapons.
                         
          OVERHEAD SHOT: dozens and dozens of Ravagers come from
          different directions, surrounding the Milano.
                         
          One Ravager cluster, lead by Half-Nut, CREEPS close enough to
          the Milano that they see the lights within the vehicle and
          can hear Rocket inside HUMMING along to the song.
                         
          Half-Nut licks his lips in anticipation, closing in for the
          kill, when he steps on a small pedal. It CLICKS.
                         
          A HUNDRED DARTS FLY AT THE GROUP from traps set in trees.
          They STICK INTO THE RAVAGERS' BODIES, knocking them instantly
          unconscious. As one Ravager FALLS, a GUNSHOT is discharged.
                         
          INT. CRASHED MILANO - NIGHT
                         
          Nebula is awakened by the SHOT. She sees a frightened Groot,
          peering through a hole at the bodies falling.
                         
          PULL BACK TO REVEAL, beside him, a futuristic walkie-talkie
          with ROCKET'S HUMS emerging.
                         
          EXT. CRASHED MILANO - PERCUSSIVE BOMB TRAP - NIGHT
                         
          Rocket is crouched on a limb in shadows above the Milano,
          smiling and HUMMING to "Southern Nights" into his comm.
                         
          He spots A LARGER GROUP OF RAVAGERS APPROACHING THE MILANO
          from the other side, led by Retch.
                         
          Rocket LEAPS TOWARD THEM, from one tree limb to another like
          a squirrel.
                         
          The GROUP enters a clearing close to the ship. A TALL RAVAGER
          looks up and spots Rocket LEAPING OVER THEIR HEADS.
                         
                                             TALL RAVAGER
                    There!
                         
          The Ravagers BLAST at Rocket, following him. He HOPS from
          tree to tree as BULLETS WHIZZ PAST HIM, leading them right
          where he wants them.
                         
          He stops in a tree at the end of the run.   He holds a device
          with two buttons. He presses one of them.
                         
          A PERCUSSIVE BOMB at the feet of the Ravagers BURSTS, sending
          half of them FLYING UP into the air.
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          As the confused group on the ground watches, Rocket presses
          the second button and a second BOMB BURSTS. They FLY UP INTO
          THE AIR as well.
                         
          Rocket SNICKERS, as he continues pushes the buttons and the
          two groups of Ravagers FLY UP and DOWN until the bombs are
          depleted of energy.
                         
          Retch looks up from the ground, to see the little animal
          hopping away in the tree limbs overhead.
                         
          EXT. CRASHED MILANO - STICKY DISK TRAP - NIGHT
                         
          An EVEN LARGER GROUP OF RAVAGERS walk beneath the branches,
          MOONLIGHT FLICKERING ON THEIR FACES.
                         
          TILT UP TO REVEAL ROCKET'S SILHOUETTE on a gnarled limb. He's
          clutching an armful of small discs. He breathes shallowly,
          waits. As soon as the last Ravager is passing beneath him,
          he LEAPS onto his back.
                         
          Rocket JUMPS FORWARD FROM ONE MAN TO THE NEXT, SLAPPING A
          STICKY-DISC to each of their heads - SLAP! SLAP! SLAP! SLAP!
                         
          And then he LEAPS from the Ravager at the front of the line
          BACK UP INTO THE TREES.
                         
          The men are confused. They bring their fingers to the sticky
          discs on their bodies.
                         
          Rocket smiles in the tree as he flicks a trigger. The STICKY-
          DISCS SEND ELECTRICITY COURSING THROUGH ALL OF THE MEN'S
          BODIES.
                         
          They CONVULSE for a moment, then COLLAPSE.
                         
          EXT. CRASHED MILANO - CLEARING - NIGHT
                         
          Rocket LEAPS to the ground in a crouch. He sees Brahl
          approaching in front of him, and then another RAVAGER
          approaching from behind. They train their weapons on him.
                         
                                             BRAHL
                    Ain't so tough now without all your
                    toys, are you?
                         
          Rocket LEAPS up onto Brahl's face.
                         
          He PUNCHES HIM IN THE THORAX so hard he can't breathe.
                         
          The other Ravager SHOOTS at him, but Rocket BACKFLIPS over
          the SHOT so Brahl is STRUCK instead.
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          Rocket LANDS on the back of the shooter's neck and RAPID-FIRE
          PUNCHES HIM in the head, until the man CRUMPLES to the
          ground, unconscious.
                         
          As Rocket lands, he HEARS WHISTLING and he looks up to see --
                         
          YONDU'S ARROW FLYING THROUGH THE TREES, DIRECTLY TOWARD HIM.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Crap.
                         
          Another high-pitched WHISTLE and the arrow STOPS ABRUPTLY,
          FLOATING with the tip almost grazing Rocket's forehead.
                         
          Yondu waltzes out of the trees with Tullk, Kraglin, the
          Monstrous Ravager, and many more.
                         
          Rocket reluctantly raises his hands in surrender.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    Hey there, rat.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    How's it going, you blue idiot?
                         
                                             YONDU
                    Eh, not so bad. We got a pretty
                    good gig. A golden gal with quite a
                    high opinion of herself offered us
                    a large sum to deliver you and your
                    pals to her, so she can kill y'all.
                         
                         
          INT. CRASHED MILANO - NIGHT
                         
          Nebula looks out the window to see even more Ravagers
          surrounding Rocket. She looks at baby Groot.
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    Your friend. There's too many of
                    them. They're going to kill him.
                         
          Groot looks as if he's about to cry.
                         
                                             NEBULA (CONT'D)
                    He needs my help. If you care about
                    him, you need to get me out of
                    these bonds.
                         
          Groot is unsure.
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          EXT. CRASHED MILANO - CLEARING - NIGHT
                         
          The Ravagers have entirely encircled Rocket. There's no
          chance of escape. Though upset, he mostly holds it in.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    Pretty easy to find you, since we
                    put a tracer on your ship back
                    during the War over Xandar.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    You give me your word you won't
                    hurt Groot, and I'll tell you where
                    the batteries are.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    Lucky for you my word don't mean
                    squat. Otherwise I'd actually hand
                    you over.
                         
                                             MONSTROUS RAVAGER
                    Otherwise you'd what?!
                         
          Yondu scowls at the Monstrous Ravager.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    We'll take the batteries. They're
                    worth a a quarter mil on the open
                                   MARKET -
                         
                                             MONSTROUS RAVAGER
                    That priestess offered us a
                    million! A quarter is only one
                    third of that!
                         
                                             YONDU
                    A quarter ain't one-th -
                         
                                             OBLO
                    A quarter is four times a million!
                    We're in the money!
                         
                              GEF THE RAVAGER
                    No, idiot. A quarter is twenty-
                    five.
                         
                                             YONDU
                                   NO -
                         
                              GEF THE RAVAGER
                    We can't even buy a pair of boots
                    with twenty-five units!
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                                             YONDU
                    The point is, we aren't stupid
                    enough to help kill the Guardians
                    of the Galaxy. We'd have the whole
                    Nova Corps on us.
                         
                                             KRAGLIN
                                       (REALIZING)
                    That ain't right. I just gotta say
                    it this one time, Cap'n.
                         
          Everyone looks at Kraglin.
                         
                                             KRAGLIN (CONT'D)
                    No matter how many times Quill
                    betrays you, you protect him, like
                    none of the rest of us much matter.
                    I'm the one what sticks up for you,
                    me and Tullk.
                         
                                             MONSTROUS RAVAGER
                    Damn straight, lad. You're right:
                    he's going soft. S'pose it's time
                    for a change in leadership!
                         
                                             KRAGLIN
                                   UH -
                         
          The Monstrous Ravager points his weapon at Yondu.
                         
          Others follow his lead.
                         
          A handful of others, including Tullk and the Innocent
          Ravager, raise their weapons in their Captain's defense, so
          that the whole circle are aiming at one another. Kraglin is
          confused.
                         
                                             TULLK
                    Put you damn guns down!
                         
          Rocket is in the center of the potential crossfire.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Hold on! There's got to be some
                    sort of peaceful resolution here!
                    Or even a violent resolution, where
                    I'm standing over there.
                         
          Yondu glares at the Monstrous Ravager.   His FIN LIGHTS UP and
          he starts to WHISTLE when -
                         
          A GUNSHOT RINGS OUT; THE FIN IS BLOWN OFF THE TOP OF YONDU'S
          HEAD. The arrow CLATTERS to the ground.
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          Rocket watches as Yondu, confused, TOTTERS there for a
          moment, and then COLLAPSES --
                         
          REVEALING NEBULA behind him, clutching a smoking pistol.
          Rocket looks at her, dead-eyed: really?
                         
          She SHOOTS HIM WITH A BLAST OF ELECTRICITY, knocking him
          unconscious.
                         
          The Ravagers gape at Nebula.
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    Well, hello, boys.
                         
          She takes a bite from a piece of yaro root she stole from the
          Milano. As she chews, she becomes disgusted.
                         
          She spits it out.
                         
                                             NEBULA (CONT'D)
                    It's not ripe.
                         
          EXT. RED PLANET - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Ego's ship ARRIVES at a bold red planet, twisting in front of
          an enormous yellow sun, so close it seems like the sun is
          about to devour it. "MY SWEET LORD" BY GEORGE HARRISON PLAYS.
                         
          SUPER: EGO'S PLANET
                 G52 22C848T12F+E16UC22
                         
          INT. EGO'S SHIP - SLEEP CHAMBER - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Mantis sets her hand on Ego's forehead, waking him.
                         
          EXT. EGO'S PLANET/SPACEPORT - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Ego's ship lands in a spaceport. It organically JOINS the
          spot where it lands - strands of material actually linking up
          with the landing pad itself.
                         
          From the front of the craft, a FLOATING TRAM emerges, with
          Ego, Mantis, Quill, Gamora, and Drax.
                         
          As the TRAM GLIDES toward its destination, the Guardians are
          overwhelmed by transcendentally splendid surroundings. The
          plant life is colorful and alien. Tall, twisting obelisks
          seem to have no function other than beauty itself.
                         
                                             EGO
                    Welcome, friends, to my world.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Wow. You have your own planet?
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                                             EGO
                    But a trifle, no larger than your
                    earth's moon.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Humility. I like it. I too, am
                    extraordinarily humble.
                         
          Even Gamora smiles at the wonder of it all.
                         
          Multicolored mercurial clumps FLOAT BY.
                         
          Drax pokes one, and it BURSTS INTO A DOZEN VIBRANT HUES.
                         
          EXT. TRAM/PALACE - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Ahead of them looms an astounding palace atop a mountain.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    It's beautiful.
                         
          The tram STOPS.
                         
          They step off it and toward the palace, Ego stops beside a
          large FOUNTAIN.
                         
                                             EGO
                    Peter, consider this a token of a
                    father's pride.
                         
          Ego motions; the WATERS OF THE FOUNTAIN FALL AWAY, REVEALING
          a GIANT STATUE OF STAR-LORD: Quill stands heroically, with
          foolish-looking Guardians kneeling around him worshipfully.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    A memorial to the War Over Xandar,
                    when you single-handedly saved the
                    galaxy.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Single-handedly?
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Whoa. It's perfect.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    You've got to be kidding.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Why am I dead? Why did you all kill
                    me?!
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    That's Ronan. That's you.
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          Drax is sitting on Quill's shoulder, with a raccoon tail.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    When was I that tiny?
                         
          Gamora shakes her head in disbelief. They step past the
          statue and onto the steps approaching the palace.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    You own a planet and can destroy
                    two dozen spaceships without a
                    suit. What are you, exactly?
                         
                                             EGO
                    I'm what they call a Celestial,
                    sweetheart.
                         
          The Guardians STOP behind him, astounded.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    A Celestial. Like a... god?
                         
                                             EGO
                    Small `g', son. At least on the
                    days I'm feeling humble as Drax.
                         
          He LAUGHS and walks up the stairs.
                         
          INT. PALACE - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Ego SAUNTERS with Quill, Gamora, Drax, and Mantis, through
          the enormous open doors, toward huge DIORAMAS lining either
          side of the palace, like cosmic Stations of the Cross.
                         
                                             EGO
                    This form you see before you is
                    only an extension of who I truly
                    am. I don't know where I came from,
                    exactly.
                         
          The DIORAMAS around them begin to ANIMATE: In the first, a
          FLICKERING BRAIN COMPOSED OF POLYCHROMATIC LIGHT FLOATS in
          space.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    The first thing I remember is
                    flickering, adrift in the cosmos -
                    utterly and entirely alone.
                         
          The flickering brain pulls cosmic dust and rocks into itself,
          ingesting them, GROWING.
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                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    I fed on the matter around me like
                    plankton. I grew smarter and
                    stronger.
                         
          A hard metal shell forms around the brain, with channels
          running through for his energy to flow like rivers.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    I formed a sheathe to protect
                    myself from the elements.
                         
          Ego continues developing outward from the shell, growing the
          planet, then its beautiful landscapes and structures.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    And continued building from there,
                    layer by layer, the very planet you
                    walk on now. I built the spires
                    reaching up to the sky and the
                    tunnels burrowing into its depths.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Wow.
                         
                                             EGO
                    But I was no ant to be fulfilled
                    solely by labor. I wanted more. I
                    desired... meaning.
                         
          In the core shell - the Self Chamber - the flickering brain
          floats, alone, perhaps sad.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    There must be some life out there
                    in the universe besides just me, I
                    thought, and I set myself to task
                    with finding it.
                         
          The brain grows a SKELETAL FRAMEWORK OF LIGHT up from the
          self chamber and to the surface of the planet. He pulls
          molecules around this shape to create his "human" self.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    I created what I imagined
                    biological life might be like, down
                    to the most minute detail.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Did you make a penis?
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Dude.
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                                              DRAX
                    If he's a planet, how did he make a
                    baby with your mother? He would
                    smush her.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    I don't need to hear about how my
                    parents, you know -
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Why? My father would tell me the
                    story of impregnating my mother
                    every winter solstice.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    That's disgusting.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    It was beautiful. You earthers have
                    hang-ups.
                         
                                             EGO
                    Yes, Drax, I've got a penis.
                         
                                                QUILL
                    Oh my God.
                         
                                             EGO
                    It's not half bad. I've also got
                    pain receptors, a digestive system,
                    and all the accompanying junk. I
                    wanted to experience what it truly
                    meant to be human as I set out
                    amongst the stars.
                         
          In another DIORAMA, Ego explores various uninhabited and
          barren planets.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    I visited thousands of planets over
                    thousands of years, one barren husk
                    after the next until I found what I
                    sought...
                         
          Ego stares down at a CUTE ALIEN CHILD.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    Life. I was not alone in this
                    universe after all.
                         
          Ego reminisces: wistful? Sad? It's hard to tell.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    When did you meet my mother?
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                                             EGO
                    Not long after.
                         
          Ego turns toward the last set of DIORAMAS. They show Meredith
          and Ego kissing and Ego with his hand on Meredith's pregnant
          belly.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    It was with Meredith that I
                    experienced love for the first
                    time. I called her my river lily.
                    And from that love, Peter, you.
                         
          In the final DIORAMA we PUSH IN on the belly and see, inside
          the womb, VERY young Peter Quill, a fetus, himself encased in
          light.
                         
          Quill looks up in amazement - this story is the story of
          himself. And Ego gazes at Quill with adoration.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    I searched for you for so long.
                    When I heard a man from earth held
                    an Infinity Stone in his hand
                    without dying, I knew you must be
                    the son of the woman I loved.
                         
          Ego puts his hand on Quill. Quill wants to believe, but he
          can't quite let it go.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    If you loved her why did you leave
                    her?
                         
          EXT. THE ECLECTOR - OUTER SPACE
                         
          The Ravagers' massive ship FLOATS in space.
                         
          SUPER: RAVAGER TERRITORY
                 HE2 6SM6R16617+6241023
                         
                              TULLK (O.S.)
                    You can't do this!
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR CENTRAL AREA - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Ravagers LAUGH as they DRAG Tullk across the floor while he
          STRUGGLES to get free.
                         
                                             TULLK
                    This is mutiny! Mutiny!
                         
          They shove Tullk into a cylindrical room as a glass door
          CLOSES on him.
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          He continues SCREAMING and SLAMMING ON THE GLASS, but we can
          barely hear him.
                         
          Half-Nut smiles and presses a button. The outside of the
          compartment OPENS so that Tullk is SUCKED INTO SPACE.
                         
          EXT. THE ECLECTOR - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Tullk FLOATS AWAY, opening his mouth to scream, but he can't.
          His FACE AND BODY SWELL QUICKLY and he EXPIRES there.
                         
          As we CURL AROUND his lifeless body, we REVEAL the countless
          other CORPSES of Ravagers loyal to Yondu, leading like bread
          crumbs toward nothing at all.
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR CENTRAL AREA - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Yondu watches this, helplessly. He's in a chair, his hands
          tied behind him. He's a wreck, his headpiece destroyed, wires
          hanging from a gap in his head where the fin used to be. He
          sees the mutineers grab the innocent Oblo, DRAGGING HIM to
          the same fate as Tullk.
                         
                                             OBLO
                    Cap'n, help me! Cap'n?!
                         
          Yondu drops his head in shame.
                         
                                             MONSTROUS RAVAGER
                    You're the one what kilt those men
                    by leading `em down the wrong path.
                         
          He PUNCHES Yondu.
                         
                              MONSTROUS RAVAGER (CONT'D)
                    Because you're weak.
                         
          He PUNCHES him again.
                         
                              MONSTROUS RAVAGER (CONT'D)
                    And stupid.
                         
          The Monstrous Ravager turns towards the Ravagers, who listen,
          rapt and vengeful. Nebula leans calmly against a wall,
          watching. Kraglin watches too, seemingly concerned.
                         
                              MONSTROUS RAVAGER (CONT'D)
                    It's time for the Ravagers to once
                    again rise to glory with a new
                    Cap'n... TASERFACE.
                         
          The Ravagers SHOUT IN APPROVAL. Taserface throws his arms up
          in glory - when he hears SNICKERING. He stops.
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          He and the other Ravagers turn and see Rocket, also in a
          chair with his arms secured behind him, GIGGLING.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    I'm sorry. Your name is... it's
                    `Taserface'?
                         
                                             TASERFACE
                    That's right.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Do you... shoot tasers out of your
                    face?
                         
                                             TASERFACE
                    It's metaphorical!
                         
                                               ROCKET
                    For what?
                         
          Taserface thinks. Time for a new answer:
                         
                                             TASERFACE
                    It's a name what strikes fear in
                    anyone what hears it!
                         
                                             ROCKET
                                       (DOUBTFUL)
                    Really?... Okay, sure.
                         
          Taserface screams at him, SPIT FLYING EVERYWHERE.
                         
                                             TASERFACE
                    You shut up! You're next!
                         
          Taserface goes back to Yondu, bringing out his blade.
                         
                                             TASERFACE (CONT'D)
                    Udonta, I been waiting to do this
                    for a long ti -
                         
          Again they hear SNICKERING. Rocket is burying his mouth in
          his chest, TRYING TO STOP FROM CRACKING UP.
                         
                                             TASERFACE (CONT'D)
                    What?! What?!
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    I'm sorry, I'm so sorry. I just
                    keep imagining you waking up one
                    morning, looking in the mirror,
                    and, in all seriousness, saying
                    `You know what would be a really
                    kickass name? Taserface!'
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          Nebula smirks. The Ravagers are TRYING NOT TO LAUGH. Rocket
          can't stop LAUGHING.
                         
                                             ROCKET (CONT'D)
                    What was your second choice?!
                    Scrotum Hat?!
                         
          The Ravagers all BUST OUT LAUGHING.
                         
                                             TASERFACE
                    New plan. We're killing you first.
                         
          Taserface SHOVES HIM BACK, ready to plunge the knife in him.
          Rocket's smile disappears. He stares at Taserface with dead
          eyes.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Well, dying is certainly better
                    than having to live an entire life
                    as a moronic shitbag who thinks
                    `Taserface' is a cool name.
                         
          Taserface goes to stab him, when -
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    That's enough killing for today.
                         
          Taserface turns toward her, irritated.
                         
                                             TASERFACE
                    Thought you were the biggest sadist
                    in the galaxy.
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    That was when Daddy was paying my
                    bills. The Priestess wants to kill
                    the fox herself. And he -
                                       (RE: YONDU)
                    - has bounties on his head in at
                    least twelve Kree provinces.
                         
          Taserface glares at her. It's obvious he's considering
          attacking her.
                         
                                             NEBULA (CONT'D)
                    I assure you, I am not as easy a
                    mark as an old man without his
                    magic stick or a talking woodland
                    beast.
                         
          Taserface decides not to risk it.
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                                             NEBULA (CONT'D)
                    I want ten percent of the take, and
                    a couple more things.
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR DOCKING BAY HALL - LATER
                         
          Nebula is TRYING OUT A BRAND NEW HAND as Kraglin leads her
          through this hall.
                         
                                             KRAGLIN
                    We got a whole box of hands if that
                    one don't work out.
                         
                                                NEBULA
                    It's fine.
                         
                                             KRAGLIN
                    You think them Kree is gonna
                    execute the Cap'n?
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    The Kree consider themselves
                    merciful. It will be painless.
                         
          Kraglin comes to an open doorway beside a huge DOCKING BAY,
          and an M-SHIP decked out with lots of weapons.
                         
                                             KRAGLIN
                    Well, there it is, best ship we
                    got. The location of Ego's planet's
                    in the nav. We'll wire you the ten
                    percent when we's paid. What you
                    gonna do with your share?
                         
          Nebula stops at the doorway.
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    As a child my father would have
                    Gamora and me battle one another in
                    `training.' Every time my sister
                    prevailed my father would replace a
                    piece of me with machinery,
                    claiming he wanted me to be her
                    equal. But she won, again and again
                    and again. Never once refraining.
                    Because of them, I am this. So
                    after I murder my sister, I will
                    buy a warship with every
                    conceivable instrument of death.
                                             (MORE)
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                                             NEBULA (CONT'D)
                    I will hunt my father like a dog
                    and I will tear him apart slowly,
                    piece by piece, until he knows some
                    semblance of the profound and
                    unceasing pain I know every single
                    day.
                         
          Kraglin stares at her, weirded-out.
                         
                                             KRAGLIN
                    Yeah... I was talking about, like,
                    a pretty necklace. Or a nice hat.
                    Something that'll make the other
                    girls go `oooooo, that's nice.'
                         
          Nebula gives him a look of pure death.
                         
                                             KRAGLIN (CONT'D)
                    Anyway, uh, happy trails.
                         
          INT. PALACE COURTYARD - DAY
                         
          Quill looks up at a GIANT SCULPTURE of his mother. He is
          upset. Ego is behind him, watching him, sadly.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    My mother told everyone my father
                    was from the stars.
                         
          Quill turns to look at his father, somewhat accusatory.
                         
                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    She had brain cancer - so everyone
                    thought she was delusional.
                         
          Ego looks sad, ashamed.
                         
                                             EGO
                                   PETER -
                         
                                              QUILL
                    Listen. I'd love to believe all of
                    this, I really would - but you left
                    the most wonderful woman ever, to
                    die alone!
                         
          Ego has tears in his eyes.
                         
                                             EGO
                    I didn't want to leave your mother,
                    Peter. But if I don't return
                    regularly to this planet, and the
                    light within, this form will wither
                    and perish --
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                                             QUILL
                    So why didn't you come back?! Why'd
                    you send Yondu, a criminal, of all
                    people, to fetch me?!
                         
                                             EGO
                    I loved your mother, Peter! I
                    couldn't stand to set foot on an
                    earth where she wasn't living! You
                    can't imagine what that's like!
                         
                                             QUILL
                    I know exactly what that's like! I
                    had to watch her die!
                         
          Ego stops, seeming to hear his son.   He touches him.
                         
                                             EGO
                    Over the millions and millions of
                    years of my existence I have made
                    many mistakes, Peter. But you're
                    not one of them. Please give me
                    the chance to be the father she
                    would want me to be.
                         
          Quill looks at him, vulnerable.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    There are so many things I need to
                    teach you. This planet, and the
                    light within... they are a part of
                    you.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    What do you mean?
                         
          Ego takes Quill's hands in his own, gently, putting them in
          the correct position.
                         
                                             EGO
                    Give me your hands, son.    Here.
                    Hold them like that.
                         
          Quill holds his hands apart.   Ego steps back, holding his
          hands in the same way.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    Now close your eyes and
                    concentrate. Take your brain to the
                    center of the planet.
                         
          Quill concentrates. He holds his hand out.    A white light
          emanates from it.
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                                               EGO (CONT'D)
                    Yes! Yes!
                         
                                               QUILL
                    Whoa.
                         
          The light disappears as quickly as it came.
                         
                                             EGO
                    Yes, yes - it's okay. Just relax.
                    Concentrate. You can do it. Bring
                    it back.
                         
          Quill concentrates and the LIGHT, once again, bursts up from
          the palms of his hands.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    Yes, yes, now - shape it -
                         
          Ego shows him, pulling in the molecules around him, so that
          the light itself forms into the shape of a ball.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    Feel the energy.
                         
          Quill tries to pull molecules into the ball. And, little by
          little, they come, and the ball glows brighter.
                         
                                               EGO (CONT'D)
                    Yes.
                         
          Quill laughs. Ego is JOYOUS. He almost looks as if he's going
          to break down in tears.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    You're home, Peter.
                         
          Ego cups his hands.
                         
                                               EGO (CONT'D)
                    Here.
                         
          Quill, smiling, THROWS him the ball. Ego LAUGHS. He inspects
          the cosmic ball of light, and he throws it back to Quill.
                         
          Quill LAUGHS, catching it, and throws it back.   Ego moves
          back further.
                         
          And Ego and Quill continue tossing the ball back and forth
          there, LAUGHING, a friendly father and son game of catch in
          the middle of a palace courtyard.
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          EXT. PALACE - DAY
                         
          Drax and Mantis sit here, soaking in the sun and gazing at
          the lush, flowing hills, like something an alien Maxfield
          Parrish would paint.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    How did you get here?
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    Ego found me in my larva state,
                    orphaned on my homeworld. He raised
                    me by hand, and kept me as his own.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    So you're a pet?
                         
                                                MANTIS
                    I suppose.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    People usually want cute pets. Why
                    would Ego want a hideous one?
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    I am hideous?
                         
                                             DRAX
                    You're horrifying to look at, yes.
                         
          Mantis seems sad about this.    Drax notice this, feels bad.
                         
                                             DRAX (CONT'D)
                    But it is a good thing.
                         
                                                MANTIS
                    Oh?
                         
                                             DRAX
                    When you are ugly and someone loves
                    you, you know they love you for who
                    you are. Beautiful people never
                    know who to trust.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    Well, then I am certainly grateful
                    to be ugly!
                                       (THINKING)
                    Poor Gamora. She can never trust
                    anyone.
                         
          Drax nods and stares out at spattered patches of water.
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                                             DRAX
                    Those pools remind me of a time I
                    took my daughter to visit the
                    Forgotten Lakes on my homeworld.
                    She was like you.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    Disgusting?
                         
                                               DRAX
                    Innocent.
                         
          Drax stares out at them without expression.
                         
          Slowly, Mantis TOUCHES his shoulder.
                         
          And, as she does, TEARS INSTANTLY FLOW DOWN HER CHEEKS. She
          stares with Drax at the hills. They feel the sadness
          together: she cries while he's stoic.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    I have never met anyone like you,
                    or your friends. You are filled
                    with such... love. It is a thing I
                    did not know existed, not like
                    this, and I think... I think it may
                    be the very finest of all things.
                    It both hurts and soothes the
                    heart.
                         
          She looks at Drax. There is something she wants to say, but
          she is torn.
                         
                                             MANTIS (CONT'D)
                    Drax, there is something I must
                                   TELL -
                         
                              GAMORA (O.S.)
                    What's going on?
                         
          Drax and Mantis turn to see her behind them. She smiles.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    I am learning many things. Like I
                    am a pet and ugly.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    You're not ugly.
                                       (ADMONISHING)
                    Drax.
                         
          Drax, confused, points at Mantis, as if her ugliness proves
          itself.
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                                             GAMORA (CONT'D)
                    Mantis, can you show us where we'll
                    be staying? I'm getting eye-strain
                    in this place.
                         
          Mantis nods, yes.
                         
          EXT. PATH TO SLEEPING QUARTERS - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Gamora, Drax, and Mantis walk across the sunset.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Why are there no other beings on
                    this planet?
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    The planet IS Ego. A dog would not
                    invite a flea to live on his back.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    And you're not a flea?
                         
                                              MANTIS
                    I'm a flea with a purpose. I help
                    him sleep.
                         
          Gamora curls around Mantis, cutting her off.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    What were you about to say to Drax
                    before I walked out?
                         
          Mantis looks around, worried.
                         
                                              MANTIS
                    Nothing.
                         
          Gamora and Drax share a look: why is she so scared? Mantis
          moves on.
                         
                                             MANTIS (CONT'D)
                    Your quarters are this way.
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR CELL - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Rocket HITS THE GROUND, hard.   Yondu LANDS equally hard on
          the ground beside him.
                         
          They look up to see Taserface, Gef the Ravager and an OBTUSE
          RAVAGER locking the cell door.
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                                             TASERFACE
                    We'll deliver you to the Kree in
                    the morning. Neither one of you
                    gonna last much longer after that.
                         
          Rocket crawls toward them as they walk away.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Okay, Taserface. See you later,
                    Taserface. Hey, Taserface, tell the
                    other guys we said hi, Taserface!
                         
          Taserface glances back, perturbed, as he disappears around
          the corner.
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR HALLWAY - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Taserface, Gef, and Obtuse come around the hall.
                         
                              GEF THE RAVAGER
                    What about the little plant? Can I
                    smash it with a rock?
                         
                                             TASERFACE
                    No, Gef! It's too adorable to kill.
                    Bring it to the tailor.
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR CELL - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Yondu and Rocket settle.   Yondu looks like a beaten man.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    No offense, but your employees are
                    a bunch of jerks.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    I was a Kree battle-slave for
                    twenty years when Stakar freed me.
                    He offered me a place in the
                    Ravagers. Said all I needed to do
                    was adhere to the code. But I was
                    young and greedy and stupid - like
                    you stealing those batteries.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    That was mostly Drax.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    Me and Stakar, and the other
                    captains - we weren't so different
                    from you and your friends. The only
                    family I ever had. But I broke the
                    code. They exiled me.
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                                             YONDU (CONT'D)
                    These ones here are the ones who
                    followed - of course they're jerks.
                    Which is what I deserve.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Slow down, drama queen. You might
                    deserve this, but I don't. We gotta
                    get out of here.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    Where's Quill?
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Went off with his old man.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    Ego?
                         
          Yondu looks concerned. Rocket stares at him, picking this up.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Yeah. It's a day for dumbass names.
                         
          Yondu SNICKERS.
                         
                                             ROCKET (CONT'D)
                    You smiled and for a second I got a
                    warm feeling, but then it was
                    ruined by those disgusting-ass
                    teeth. Ever heard of floss?
                         
          Yondu's smile disappears.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    You're like a professional asshole
                    or - ?
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Pretty much a pro. Why didn't you
                    deliver Quill to Ego like you
                    promised?
                         
                                             YONDU
                    He was skinny, could fit into
                    places we couldn't. Good for
                    thieving.
                         
          Rocket nods, GRUMBLES.
                         
                                             YONDU (CONT'D)
                    I got an idea on how to get outta
                    here. But we're gonna need your
                    little friend.
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          INT. BAR/QUADRANT FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Baby Groot is wearing a tiny Ravager uniform. He reacts to
          clothes like a cat, struggling to take them off but unable.
          Ravagers are gathered around him, drunk and LAUGHING. They
          are CHANTING "MASCOT."
                         
                                             RETCH
                    Lil' feller's all worked up! Needs
                    a drank!
                         
          Retch POURS ALCOHOL on him. The Ravagers LAUGH MORE as others
          POUR DRINKS on him as well. Groot SCREAMS at them, furious
          but helpless.
                         
                                             RETCH (CONT'D)
                    Lookit how cute it is when it's all
                    riled up!
                         
                                             HALF-NUT
                    It's Goddang precious!
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR CELL - LATER
                         
          Groot, in shadows, MOPES down the hallway, looking
          traumatized. His clothes are torn and he's soaked in alcohol.
                         
          As he passes the cell, he hears -
                         
                              YONDU (O.S.)
                    Hey, twig. C'mere.
                         
          Groot sees Yondu and Rocket looking at him in the cell. He
          steps toward them.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Oh, man. What'd they do to you?
                         
                                             YONDU
                    Hey, you wanna help us get outta
                    here?
                         
          Groot NODS.   Rocket looks unsure. Yondu speaks slowly.
                         
                                             YONDU (CONT'D)
                    There's something I need you to
                    get, and bring back to me.
                         
          Groot NODS.
                         
                                             YONDU (CONT'D)
                    In the Cap'n's quarters, there's a
                    prototype fin, like the thing I
                    wore on my head.
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          Groot NODS.
                         
                                             YONDU (CONT'D)
                    There's a drawer next to the bunk.
                    It's inside that. It's red. You
                    got it?
                         
          Groot NODS EMPHATICALLY and DARTS OFF to get it.   Yondu looks
          at Rocket, pleased.
                         
          Rocket looks more than a bit uncertain.
                         
          INT. CAPTAIN'S QUARTERS - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Baby Groot CREEPS into this dark room.    DRUNKEN RAVAGERS are
          sprawled everywhere.
                         
          He spots a bureau.    A drawer is half open.
                         
          His face lights up.
                         
                         MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Baby Groot stands outside of the cell, beaming, holding A
          PAIR OF SHORTS.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    That's my underwears.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Yeah, I was pretty sure he didn't
                    know what you were talking about.
                    You have to explain it more
                    careful.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    All right. It's a prototype fin -
                         
                         MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Groot is back in front of the cell, holding a wriggling
          ORLONI in his hands.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    That's an orloni. It's a fin,
                    Groot.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    You explain it this time.
                         
          Rocket starts to speak -
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                         MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Groot looks hopeful, holding out a CYBERNETIC EYE.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    That's Vorker's eye. He takes it
                    out when he sleeps. Go look again.
                         
          Groot starts to SLINK OFF -
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    But leave the eye here.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    Why?
                         
          Rocket CAN HARDLY SPEAK he finds it so funny.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    He's gonna wake up tomorrow and
                    he's not gonna know where his eye
                    is!
                         
                         MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Groot is DRAGGING a LARGE PIECE OF FURNITURE to the cell.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    That's a desk. We told you it was
                    this big.
                         
          Rocket shows him how small it is with his hands.
                         
          Groot makes a face like "Oh!" as if NOW he gets it. It's all
          coming together.
                         
                         MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Groot is holding a SEVERED TOE.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Tell me you guys have a
                    refrigerator somewhere with a bunch
                    of severed human toes.
                         
          Yondu SUBTLY SHAKES HIS HEAD.
                         
                                             ROCKET (CONT'D)
                    Okay, then let's just agree to
                    never discuss this.
                         
          Yondu RIPS the Ravager patch off his jacket.
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                                             YONDU
                    The drawer you want to open. Has
                    this symbol on it, okay?
                         
          Groot takes it. He looks at Yondu and NODS.
                         
          And then, slowly, HE PLACES IT ON TOP OF HIS HEAD.
                         
                                               YONDU (CONT'D)
                    What? No.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    He thinks you want him to wear it
                    as a hat.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    That's not what I said.
                         
          Groot takes it off his head.
                         
                                             GROOT
                    I am Groot.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                                       (TRANSLATING)
                    He's relieved that you don't want
                    him to.
                         
                                             GROOT
                    I am Groot.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    He hates hats.
                         
                                             GROOT
                    I am Groot.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    On anyone, not just himself.
                         
                                             GROOT
                    I am Groot.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    One minute you think someone has a
                    weird-shaped head. The next minute,
                    it's just because you realize part
                    of that head is a hat.
                                       (TO GROOT)
                    That's why you don't like hats?
                         
          Groot nods.
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                                              YONDU
                    This is an important conversation
                    right now?
                         
                                              ROCKET
                    No.   Let's try again.
                         
          INT. CAPTAIN'S QUARTERS - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Taserface is SNORING and SLOBBERING in his bed. We see the
          Ravager Patch tossed up onto the bed beside him. Then
          Groot's vines GROW up the bed, and he pulls himself up beside
          the sleeping giant.
                         
          Groot clasps the Ravager patch in his hand and looks
          fearfully around.
                         
          He spots the Ravager symbol on a night stand drawer.
                         
          He stares at the symbol in his hand, then at the drawer, then
          at the symbol, and then at the drawer again, and then one
          more time for good measure -- he wants to be very, very sure
          they're the same.
                         
          He creeps carefully towards the drawer, GROWING his vines out
          to grab the handle and PULL IT slowly open...
                         
          He peers inside.
                         
          Beside some writing instruments and a tin of candies, there
          lies a RED FIN, taller and more shark-like than Yondu's
          current model. Groot smiles hugely, picking up -
                         
          THE TIN OF CANDIES! He's found it!
                         
                              KRAGLIN (O.S.)
                    That ain't it.
                         
          Groot SWIRLS to see KRAGLIN, BACKLIT IN THE DOORWAY, LOOMING
          OVER HIM, intimidating as hell. And CUT TO --
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR CELL - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          The RED FIN PLOPS DOWN at Yondu's feet.
                         
          Yondu and Rocket look up to see Kraglin, holding Groot. He
          stares at the ground -
                         
                                             KRAGLIN
                    I didn't mean to do a mutiny.
                        (pause, then, sadly)
                    They killed all my friends.
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                                               YONDU
                      Go get the third quadrant ready for
                      release.
                         
          Kraglin SALUTES.
                         
                                               ROCKET
                      One more thing.
                         
          Kraglin stares at him.
                         
                                               ROCKET (CONT'D)
                      You got any clones of Quill's old
                      music on the ship?
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR BATHROOM - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Brahl is shaving, when, suddenly, JAY AND THE AMERICAN'S
          "COME A LITTLE BIT CLOSER" STARTS PLAYING over the intercom.
                         
          He looks up, confused.
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR HALLWAY/CELL - OUTER SPACE
                         
          TWO RAVAGERS outside the cell hear the MUSIC.     They turn,
          unlocking the cell door.
                         
          As they enter, THE CAMERA OVERTAKES them, arriving before
          they do at --
                         
          Yondu, sitting calmly; Rocket is finishing ATTACHING THE BIG-
          ASS FIN TO HIS HEAD. Its electrical systems POP on.
                         
          PUSH IN ON the two surprised Ravagers trying to UNHOLSTER
          THEIR PISTOLS in time.
                         
          Too late.
                         
          Yondu WHISTLES.
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR CLOSET - OUTER SPACE
                         
          The ARROW FLIES OFF a shelf of supplies and SHOOTS TOWARD A
          WALL.
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR CELL - OUTER SPACE
                         
          The ARROW PUNCHES THROUGH THE WALL behind the Ravagers. They
          swirl to see it --
                         
          IT SHOOTS THROUGH ONE RAVAGER
                         
          And THEN THE OTHER --
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          And then to Yondu; he CATCHES it, and STANDS.
                         
          He SAUNTERS past the two Ravagers as they WOBBLE and FALL.
          Rocket and Groot follow.
                         
          On the way out the door, Rocket looks down and sees TWO
          PISTOLS beside the dead Ravagers.
                         
          He smiles.
                         
          INT. CAPTAIN'S QUARTERS - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Taserface is awoken by JAY AND THE AMERICANS on the PA.    He
          glances over to see the open drawer beside him, sans
          gargantuan fin.
                         
          He SCRAMBLES for the comm, yelling into it --
                         
                                                TASERFACE
                       He's got it!
                         
          INT. BAR/QUADRANT FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          The hoard of Ravagers hear Taserface's voice.
                         
                                 TASERFACE (O.S.)
                       HE'S GOT IT! YONDU'S GOT THE DAMN
                       FIN!
                         
                                                RETCH
                       GO!
                         
          SERIES OF SHOTS - INT. ALL OVER THE SHIP - OUTER SPACE
                         
          ALL OF THE RAVAGERS all over the ship, in a panic, LOAD THEIR
          WEAPONS and HEAD TOWARD THE CELL.
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR HALLWAY - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Yondu and Rocket and Groot COME AROUND THIS CORNER IN SLOW-
          MOTION, the three biggest badasses in the history of cinema.
                         
          A HOARD OF RAVAGERS, led by Brahl, FILE IN at the end of the
          hallway.
                         
          But Yondu WHISTLES and the ARROW TWISTS QUICKLY BACK AND
          FORTH, SLICING THROUGH EACH OF THEM.
                         
          Yondu SLAMS through a door into -
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          INT. ECLECTOR DOCKING BAY - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Our heroes step onto a catwalk in this, the biggest space in
          the Eclector. There are catwalks throughout and dozens of
          docked M-ships. The SCURRILOUS RAVAGER sees them from above --
                         
                                             SCURRILOUS RAVAGER
                    Down there!
                         
          IN AN EXTREME WIDE ANGLE, we see the ARROW FLYING UP AND
          DOWN, BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS, CUTTING THROUGH ALL SORTS OF
          RAVAGERS, closer and further from CAMERA.
                         
          We TRAVEL BEHIND YONDU AND ROCKET as BODIES FALL AROUND THEM
          IN SLOW-MOTION LIKE FIREWORKS.
                         
          Groot looks up and sees RETCH looking down at him.
                         
          RETCH FLEES in terror as Groot GROWS branches to pull himself
          up behind him.
                         
          Groot HOWLS FURIOUSLY, TAKING CHASE.
                         
          Retch YOWLS like a child as he frantically runs.
                         
          But Groot GROWS HIS BRANCHES around RETCH's legs, TRIPPING
          HIM.
                         
          BAM! He FALLS, face first to the floor.
                         
          And, with a WAR CRY, Baby Groot FLINGS the sadistic Ravager
          off the edge towards the abyss below.
                         
          As RETCH FALLS past Yondu and Rocket, Baby Groot DROPS back
          down onto Rocket's shoulder, and they push their way through
          the doorway -
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR SECURITY DOCK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Yondu, Rocket, and Groot move into this area, where they look
          up at DOZENS OF SECURITY MONITORS encircling them showing
          Ravagers filing toward them from every part of the ship.
                         
          Yondu WHISTLES as he watches the MONITORS -
                         
          ON A MONITOR, the arrow FLIES out the wall. He whistles so
          that it strikes TWO RAVAGERS running towards them.
                         
          It ZIPS out of that room and
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          INT. DARK HALL - OUTER SPACE
                         
          A HOARD of Ravagers come running down a hall. The ARROW ZIPS
          overhead, smashing out all the lights so that the hall is
          completely dark, except for the DIM RED LIGHT OF THE ARROW.
                         
          And we can just make out the RED LIGHT smashing through the
          body of every Ravager there and then on into --
                         
          INT. SPACEPORT - OUTER SPACE
                         
          A YELLING CROWD OF RAVAGERS come, hungry for war, when the
          arrow SHOOTS THROUGH THE CHAINS holding a giant spaceship in
          place over their heads.
                         
          It FALLS, instantly CRUSHING them all, and then zips on --
                         
          INT. BAR - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Gef the Ravager is drunkenly drinking a mug of beer, when the
          arrow zips past him and through the mug, SHATTERING it.
                         
          As Gef looks at the shattered mug, confused, the arrow comes
          flying back, ripping through Gef himself, FLINGING him off
          the bar stool.
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR SECURITY DOCK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Rocket also uses the MONITORS to pinpoint where their
          attackers are. He methodically SHOOTS THROUGH the walls,
          striking the Ravagers as they get closer.
                         
          WIDE OVERHEAD SHOT, the CAMERA REVOLVES as hoards of Ravagers
          GET CLOSE to Yondu and Rocket but the arrow and gunshots ZIP
          THROUGH THE WALLS taking them all down, one by one, like
          Busby Berkely gone mad.
                         
          Then Yondu stops, seeing something on one of the MONITORS.
                         
          Taserface, clutching a big ass gun, is marching down the hall
          towards them.
                         
          Yondu WHISTLES, loudly and angrily.
                         
          INTERCUT - INT. ENGINE ROOM/SECURITY DOCK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Taserface sees THE ARROW COMING AROUND A CORNER TOWARDS HIM.
                         
          Yondu WHISTLES again.
                         
          The ARROW BURSTS INTO FLAMES.
                         
          Taserface DODGES it.
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          He turns to watch it go, CACKLING pridefully over his
          agility.
                         
          But his smile quickly dissipates.
                         
          The arrow PLUNGES into a giant tank - which EXPLODES,
          ENGULFING HIM.
                         
          EXT. ECLECTOR - OUTER SPACE
                         
          A huge portion of the giant spacecraft EXPLODES, leading to a
          domino effect of one part of the ship BURSTING after another.
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR SECURITY DOCK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          ROCKET is dumbfounded as he sees on the MONITORS the numerous
          EXPLOSIONS throughout the ship.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    You maniac. The whole ship is gonna
                    blow.
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR SECURITY DOCK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          A DOOR SWINGS OPEN and TASERFACE FALLS ONTO THE FLOOR,
          ENGULFED IN FLAMES, but furious.
                         
          He angrily SLAPS off the flames as he reaches for a
          COMMUNICATIONS MODULE.
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR SECURITY DOCK - OUTER SPACE
                         
                                             YONDU
                    Not the whole ship.
                         
          Yondu catches the arrow and walks out.
                         
          INT. BAR/QUADRANT FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Kraglin ENTERS, pulling latches and flipping switches and
          twisting dials on elementary flight controls.
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR SECURITY DOCK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          With pained effort, Taserface PULLS UP A VIDEO SCREEN with a
          SOVEREIGN CHAMBERMAID.
                         
                              CHAMBERMAID (ON SCREEN)
                    Who is this? You're not supposed to
                    be on this line.
                         
                                             TASERFACE
                    I'm sending you the coordinates for
                    Yondu's ship.
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          INT. QUADRANT FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Yondu enters with Rocket and Groot.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    Release the quadrant.
                         
                                               KRAGLIN
                                   AYE CAPN'
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR SECURITY DOCK - OUTER SPACE
                         
                                              TASERFACE
                    I only ask one thing. That your
                    High Priestess tells him the name
                    of the man what sealed his fate:
                    Taserface.
                         
          The CHAMBERMAID laughs uncontrollably at his name.
                         
          Taserface looks really sad as he EXPLODES.
                         
          INT. QUADRANT FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          As Rocket and Groot, frightened, feel the SHIP EXPLODING
          around them, Kraglin pulls up one final latch -
                         
          EXT. ECLECTOR - OUTER SPACE
                         
          THE ENTIRE REAR UPPER QUADRANT OF THE ECLECTOR DETACHES FROM
          THE REST OF THE SHIP, while the remains CONTINUE EXPLODING.
                         
          I/E. QUADRANT FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Rocket and Groot are amazed as the SHIP thrusts forward, away
          from the explosions.
                         
          Kraglin keys into a JUMP POINT ahead. Nearby, Rocket pulls up
          the Navigation panel.
                         
                                             KRAGLIN
                    Where to, Cap'n?
                         
          Rocket SETS THE DESTINATION:
                         
                                               ROCKET
                    Ego.
                         
                                               YONDU
                    NO, BOY!
                         
          The Quadrant TREMBLES as they hit THE JUMP POINT.    It BLOOPS
          out of present space, making the JUMP to -
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          EXT. DESERT - DAY
                         
          The Quadrant POPS into a blue sky above a DESERT with two
          fighting KRONANS.
                         
          INT. QUADRANT FLIGHT DECK - VARIOUS OUTER SPACE LOCATIONS
                         
          Inside the ship, Rocket, Yondu, Kraglin, and baby Groot hold
          on for dear life as the ship VIOLENTLY SHAKES and THE
          LOCATIONS OUTSIDE OF THE WINDOW RAPIDLY SHIFT.
                         
          Their bodies DISTEND SLIGHTLY. Yondu is furious.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    It ain't healthy for a mammalian
                    body to hop over fifty jumps at a
                    time.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    I know that.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    We're about to do seven-hundred.
                         
          Rocket looks bummed.
                         
          EXT. PINK SKY - AMOEBA BLOBS - OUTER SPACE
                         
          The Quadrant pops out of a jump point into this Pepto Bismol
          pink land, SMASHING THROUGH an AMOEBA-LIKE BLOB, and then
          through the next jump point.
                         
          INT. QUADRANT FLIGHT DECK - VARIOUS OUTER SPACE LOCATIONS
                         
          Kraglin, Yondu, Rocket, and Baby Groot all SCREAM, their
          entire faces and bodies distorting as if in some evil
          funhouse mirror.
                         
          EXT. RED PLANET LANDSCAPE - VARIOUS
                         
          The yellow sun CURVES SLOWLY WEST TO EAST over this
          magnificent landscape.
                         
          "BRING IT ON HOME TO ME" BY SAM COOKE PLAYS.
                         
          EXT. SLEEPING QUARTERS - VERANDA - DAY
                         
          TILT DOWN to Quill, on this veranda, gazing out at the
          beauty. The Walkman is connected to small, jerry-rigged
          speakers nearby, PLAYING SAM COOKE.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    So I guess this could all be mine
                    someday.
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          Gamora isn't paying attention. She's fooling with a
          communications device, which has no reception.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Rocket? Rocket, you there?   Dammit.
                         
          Quill comes up behind her, messing with her.
                         
                                             GAMORA (CONT'D)
                    What are you doing, Peter?
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Dance with me.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    No. I'm not --
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Come on. This is Sam Cooke, one of
                    the greatest Earth singers of all
                    time.
                         
          Gamora lets out an exasperated SIGH, but, reluctantly, starts
          DANCING with him. She is incredibly light on her feet.
                         
          Quill smiles and Gamora, despite herself, does as well. He
          TWIRLS HER AND BRINGS HER BACK IN. This is definitely not the
          first time they've done this.
                         
                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    Drax thinks you're not a dancer.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    If you ever tell anyone about this,
                    I'll kill you.
                         
          They look at each other.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    When are we going to do something
                    about this... unspoken thing
                    between us?
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    What unspoken thing?
                         
                                             QUILL
                                   THIS CHEERS-SAM-AND-DIANE-GUY-AND-
                                   GIRL-ON-A-TV-SHOW-WHO-DIG-EACH-
                                   OTHER-BUT-NEVER-SAY-IT-'CAUSE-WHEN-
                                   THEY-DO-THE-RATINGS-WOULD-GO-DOWN
                    sort of thing?
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                                             GAMORA
                    There is no unspoken thing between
                    us.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Well, that's a Catch-22. Because if
                    you said there was, it would be
                    spoken, and then you'd be a liar.
                    So by saying there isn't, you're
                    telling the truth, and admitting
                    there is.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    That's not --
                         
          Gamora PULLS AWAY.
                         
                                             GAMORA (CONT'D)
                    What we should be discussing right
                    now is that something about this
                    place doesn't feel right.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    What are you talking about? You
                    were the one who wanted me to come
                    here!
                         
          Gamora moves into --
                         
          INT. SLEEPING QUARTERS - DAY
                         
                                              GAMORA
                    That girl, Mantis. She's afraid of
                    something.
                         
          Quill follows her.   He stops, staring at her, hurt and
          frustrated.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Why are you trying to take this
                    from me?
                         
                                                GAMORA
                    I'm not --
                         
                                             QUILL
                    He's my father. He's blood -
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    You have blood on earth. You never
                    wanted to return there.
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                                             QUILL
                    Again - you made me come here!
                    And Earth?! Earth is the place my
                    mother died in front of me.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    No, it's because that's real, and
                    this is a fantasy.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    This is real. I'm only half human,
                    remember?
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    That's the half I'm worried about.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Oh, I get it. You're jealous
                    because I'm part god! You like me
                    being the weak one!
                         
          Gamora adds some pieces to her transmitter.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Uh. You were insufferable to begin
                    with. I haven't been able to reach
                    Rocket. I'm going to see if I can
                    get a signal outside.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    You know, this isn't Cheers after
                    all. It's whatever the show is
                    where one person is willing to, you
                    know, open themselves up to new
                    possibilities, and the other person
                    is just kind of a jerk who doesn't
                    trust anyone! It's a show that
                    doesn't exist - it would never be
                    made, it would be so horrible! It
                    would get zero ratings!
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    You're having a conversation with
                    yourself! I don't know what Cheers
                    is!
                         
                                             QUILL
                    I finally found my family, don't
                    you understand that!?
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    I thought you already had.
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                                             QUILL
                    So this is how it ends, then? Our
                    whole story. Like this? You and me?
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Get it through your head, Peter.
                    There is no you and me. There never
                    was.
                         
          Quill watches her leave.
                         
          EXT. EGO'S FIELDS - SUNSET
                         
          Gamora sits, alone in the fields, pouting, fuming.   She
          stops, staring angrily inward.
                         
          Two plants, nearby, flitter against one another in the wind,
          making a CLICKING sound. She side-eyes them. They don't stop.
                         
          She slices them off with her sword.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Dammit.
                         
          Gamora hears something. She turns to see, in the distance, an
          M-ship flying toward the planet.
                         
          She watches as it gets closer and closer, and realizes it is
          FLYING DIRECTLY AT HER.
                         
          Gamora RUNS.
                         
          INT. NEBULA'S SHIP - SUNSET
                         
          Nebula HOLLERS as she BLASTS HER GUNS, DIVING towards Gamora.
                         
          EXT. HILLSIDE - SUNSET
                         
          Gamora FLEES from Nebula's ship like Cary Grant from the crop
          duster in North by Northwest as HUGE CHUNKS OF LAND EXPLODE
          on either side of her.
                         
          Gamora leaps into a DITCH, LANDING HARD, as the M-Ship SWOOPS
          just a couple feet above her.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    You psychopath.
                         
          Gamora sees the M-Ship banking and FLYING BACK at her again.
                         
          She stands and runs along the hillside as GUN BLASTS burst
          behind her. But Gamora sees a CAVERN, leading down into the
          earth.
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          She DARTS into it.
                         
          INT. EGO'S CAVERN - FIRST/SECOND LEVELS - SUNSET
                         
          As Gamora RUNS down the cavern, she glances back over her
          shoulder where Nebula, insane with rage, continues FLYING
          towards her --
                         
          The M-SHIP ENTERS THE CAVERN, which is too small for it,
          CLIPPING ITS WINGS - but it keeps flying. It again BLASTS at
          Gamora as she FLEES -
                         
          The BLASTS cause the ground to COLLAPSE around Gamora, and
          she FALLS, SMASHING DOWN THROUGH ONE LEVEL, to another level
          below, SLAMMING HARD on the ground.
                         
          The underside of the M-ship gets SCRAPED APART as it flies
          above her, and pieces of it come RAINING DOWN around her.
                         
          Nebula ZOOMS towards a huge cavern wall.   She tries to turn
          her ship in time, to no avail.
                         
          She SIDESWIPES it, falling down, CRASHING on the ground,
          where she is now on the same level as Gamora.
                         
          Gamora sees something beside her: it's one of the ENORMOUS
          BLASTERS from the M-ship, attached to an AMMO RIG.
                         
          INT. NEBULA'S M-SHIP - SUNSET
                         
          Nebula sees Gamora, through the canopy, picking up the
          blaster, and clutching it. It is comically enormous.
                         
          Nebula struggles to get free and out of the way, but her legs
          have been pinned in the crash -
                         
          INT. EGO'S CAVERN - SECOND/THIRD LEVELS - SUNSET
                         
          Gamora CLAMPS two metal switches together, MACHINE-FIRING THE
          GUN, as she walks forward.
                         
          The front of the M-ship is peppered with blasts and then
          EXPLODES.
                         
          The explosion causes the thin ground around it to COLLAPSE,
          and the entire ship FALLS BACKWARDS to an even LOWER LEVEL -
          BURSTING some more as it hits the ground.
                         
          Gamora gazes down at the ship.
                         
          I/E. NEBULA'S SQUASHED M-SHIP - SUNSET
                         
          Nebula is a mess. Her legs are broken, trapped in the ship.
          There is a FIRE at her feet.
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          She struggles, trying to get out, but her machine parts are
          SPARKING and she can hardly breathe. It seems as she's going
          to die, when --
                         
          Part of the ship is TORN AWAY.    She sees Gamora.
                         
          Gamora GRABS HER, unceremoniously PULLING HER FREE, just as
          the M-ship EXPLODES, PITCHING THEM BOTH to the ground.
                         
          They lie next to each other. Nebula COUGHS as her legs are
          healing, CRACKING back into place.
                         
          She looks over and eyes Gamora.
                         
          And then she HOLLERS and attacks her.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Are you kidding me?!
                         
          They FIGHT.
                         
          Nebula snatches Gamora's blade from her, and TUMBLES on top
          of her as she gains the upper hand. She holds the blade
          above Gamora, ready to plummet it into her.
                         
          She wants to - she really does - but now that the moment is
          here...
                         
          She SCREAMS in frustration, and falls back.
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    I win.
                         
          Gamora eyes her, a little surprised.
                         
                                             NEBULA (CONT'D)
                    I win. I bested you in combat.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Uh, no, I just spared your life -
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    You were stupid enough to let me
                    live so -
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    You just let me live!
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    I WIN!
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                      GAMORA                      NEBULA (CONT'D)
          Nebula, I really don't need      I don't need you always
          this. My day has been bad        trying to beat me!
                         ENOUGH -
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    I'm not the one who just flew
                    across the universe because I
                    wanted to win!
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    Don't tell me what I want!
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    I don't have to because you make it
                                   OBVI -
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    YOU WERE THE ONE WHO WANTED TO WIN,
                    I JUST WANTED A SISTER!
                         
          Gamora stops suddenly, struck.   Nebula is cracking.
                         
                                             NEBULA (CONT'D)
                    You were all I had, but you were
                    the one who needed to win! Thanos
                    pulled my eye from my head and my
                    brain from my skull and my arm from
                    my body because of you!
                         
          Gamora doesn't know what to say. Nebula is almost instantly
          embarrassed.
                         
          They sit there for a moment, saying nothing.
                         
          EXT. SLEEPING QUARTERS - NIGHT
                         
          The Quarters are entombed in stars. The dim sound of "BRANDY"
          comes from within.
                         
          INT. SLEEPING QUARTERS - NIGHT
                         
          Quill lies in bed, unable to sleep, listening to the song.
                         
                              EGO (O.S.)
                    You all right, son?
                         
          Quill turns to see Ego in the doorway.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    I saw your girl stomp off earlier
                    in quite a huff.
                         
          Quill sits up, nods.
                                                                           85
                         
                         
                                                QUILL
                    Yeah.
                         
          Ego sits beside him.
                         
                                              EGO
                    It's fortuitous you're listening to
                    this song.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    You know - ?
                         
                                             EGO
                    `Brandy' by Looking Glass.   A
                    favorite of your mom's.
                         
                                                QUILL
                    Yes.
                         
                                             EGO
                    One of earth's greatest musical
                    compositions. Perhaps its very
                    greatest.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Yeah, it is.
                         
                                             EGO
                    You and I, Peter, we're the sailor
                    in the song.
                         
          Ego speaks along with the lyrics as they play.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    He came on a summer's day, bringing
                    gifts from far away - like the
                    child I put in your mother, or the
                    freedom you brought Gamora.
                         
          Quill listens.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    Brandy, you're a fine girl, what a
                    good wife you would be. But my
                    life, my love, my lady is the sea.
                    The sea calls the sailor back. He
                    loves the girl, but that's not his
                    place. The sea calls upon him as
                    history calls upon great men, and
                    sometimes we are deprived the
                    pleasures of mortals.
                                                                          86
                         
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Well, you might not be mortal, but
                                   ME -
                         
                                             EGO
                    Death will remain a stranger to
                    both of us as long as the light
                    burns within the planet.
                         
          Ego smiles.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    I'm immortal? That's... really?
                         
                                             EGO
                    Yes, as long as the light exists.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    And I can use the light to make
                    cool things? Like how you made all
                    this?
                         
                                             EGO
                    It'll take thousands of years of
                    practice before you get really good
                    at it . But, yes.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Well, get ready for an eight
                    hundred foot statue of Pac Man,
                    then. With Skeletor. And Heather
                    Locklear. I'm gonna make some weird
                    shit.
                         
          Ego puts his arm around him, smiles kindly.
                         
                                             EGO
                    I can't wait to see your weird
                    shit.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Wow, that...
                         
                                             EGO
                    Came out a little disgusting.
                         
          They CHUCKLE.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    It is a tremendous responsibility,
                    Peter. Only we can remake the
                    universe. Only we can take the
                    bridle of the cosmos and lead it
                    where it needs to go.
                                                                                      87
                         
                         
                                               QUILL
                    How?
                         
          Ego holds up his fingers, letting forth a flame of white
          cosmic light. Quill holds up his fingers, letting forth a
          smaller, less intense flame of white cosmic light.
                         
          REVEAL MANTIS, IN THE HALL, around the corner, looking at Ego
          and Quill and the light emanating from their fingers.
                         
                                             EGO
                    Come with me.
                         
          Mantis looks like she's having a panic attack.
                         
          INT. DRAX'S SLEEPING QUARTERS - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          CLOSE-UP OF DRAX, sound asleep.
                         
                              MANTIS (O.S.)
                    Drax! Drax!
                         
          He WAKES to see a panicked Mantis sitting on the bed beside
          him.
                         
                                             MANTIS (CONT'D)
                    Drax, we need to talk -
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Ugh. I am sorry, but I like a woman
                    with some meat on her bones.
                         
                                               MANTIS
                    What?
                         
                                             DRAX
                    I tried to let you down easily by
                    telling you I found you disgusting.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    No! That's not what I -
                         
          Drax starts to GAG.
                         
                                             MANTIS (CONT'D)
                    What are you doing?!
                         
                                             DRAX
                    I'm imagining being with you
                    physically!
                                                                                     88
                         
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    Drax, that's not - I don't like you
                    like that. I don't even like the
                    type of thing you are.
                         
                                             DRAX
                                       (OFFENDED)
                    Hey! There's no need to get
                    personal!
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    Listen! Ego's gotten exactly what
                    he wanted. I should have told you
                    earlier, I am stupid. You are in
                    danger.
                         
          EXT. NEBULA'S SQUASHED M-SHIP - NIGHT
                         
          Gamora and Nebula still sit here, quietly and awkwardly.
          Gamora glances down a twisting tunnel, where phosphorescent
          lights shine brightly.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    What's that?
                         
          She moves towards it.   Nebula, hesitantly, follows.
                         
          INT. PALACE - NIGHT
                         
          Ego and Quill enter the palace.
                         
                                             EGO
                    You need to readjust the way you
                    process life. Everything around us -
                    including the girl - is temporary.
                    We are forever.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Doesn't eternity get boring?
                         
                                             EGO
                    Not if you have a purpose, Peter.
                    Which is why you're here. I told
                    you how all those years ago I had
                    an unceasing impulse to find life.
                         
          Ego is standing underneath the diorama of him facing the
          little alien girl.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    I didn't tell you how when I did
                    find it, it was all so...
                    disappointing.
                                                                                      89
                         
                         
          INT. TWISTING CAVERNS - NIGHT
                         
          Gamora and Nebula move further down the cavern, stepping into
          light, getting closer.
                         
                                             EGO
                    And that is when I came to a
                    profound realization.
                         
          INT. PALACE - NIGHT
                         
                                             EGO
                    My innate desire to seek out other
                    life was not so that I could walk
                    among that life.
                         
          Ego looks at his son, moved by the memories.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    Peter, I had found meaning.
                         
          Quill is taken aback. But Ego sets his finger lightly on his
          forehead, and the white light bursts through his son's body.
                         
          We see THE COSMOS IN QUILL'S EYES. He looks ecstatic, far
          beyond where he stands, and seems to finally understand.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    I see it. Eternity.
                         
          INT. TWISTING CAVERNS - NIGHT
                         
          Gamora and Nebula stop, in horror.
                         
                                                GAMORA
                    Oh my God.
                         
          They are staring at piles and piles of skeletons of various
          species, thousands of them, seeming to go on forever.
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    We need to get off this planet.
                         
          EXT. GALAXY/UNIVERSE - OUTER SPACE
                         
          We see traces of the UNIVERSAL NEURAL TELEPORTATION NETWORK,
          the Quadrant a blinking light POPPING IN and OUT on a trail
          across the cosmos -
                         
          And then ZOOM BACK FURTHER TO THE UNIVERSE, the same blinking
          light making its way while ROCKET, YONDU, and KRAGLIN SCREAM.
                                                                                      90
                         
                         
          EXT. ASTEROIDS - OUTER SPACE
                         
          WATCHERS swirl to the Quadrant SWISH past them and JUMPS OUT.
                         
          They turn back to STAN LEE, in a spacesuit with a fishbowl
          helmet.
                         
                                             STAN LEE
                    Anyway, before I was so rudely
                    interrupted, that time I was a
                    World War II vet -
                         
          EXT. RED PLANET - OUTER SPACE
                         
          THE QUADRANT POPS INTO SPACE, EGO'S PLANET nearby.
                         
          INT. QUADRANT FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Yondu, Kraglin, Rocket and Groot FALL OUT OF THEIR SEATS,
          RETCHING, clutching their stomachs.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    What the hell you doing, boy?!
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    I could tell by how you talked
                    about him - this Ego is bad news.
                    We're here to save Quill.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    For what?
                                       (DERISIVELY)
                    For `honor'? For `love'?
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    No! I don't care about those
                    things! I want to save Quill so I
                    can prove I'm better than him! I
                    can lord this over him forever!
                         
          Yondu LAUGHS bitterly as he pulls himself up to the controls.
          Rocket yanks himself up beside him.
                         
                                             ROCKET (CONT'D)
                    What are you laughing at me for?!
                         
                                             YONDU
                    You can fool yourself and everyone
                    else but you can't fool me. I know
                    who you are.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    You don't know anything about me,
                    loser.
                                                                                     91
                         
                         
                                             YONDU
                    I know everything about you. I know
                    you play like the meanest and the
                    hardest `cause you actually the
                    most scared of all.
                         
                                               ROCKET
                    Shut up.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    I know you steal batteries you
                    don't need and you push away anyone
                    who's willing to put up with you,
                    `cause just a little bit of love
                    reminds you how big and empty that
                    hole inside you actually is!
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    I said, shut up.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    I know the scientists what made you
                    never gave a rat's ass about you -
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    I'm serious, dude - !
                         
                                               YONDU
                    Just   like my own damn parents, who
                    sold   me, their own little baby,
                    into   slavery! I know who you are,
                    boy,   because you're me.
                         
          They stare at each other there, a mirror.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    What kind of pair are we?
                         
                                             YONDU
                    The kind that's about to go fight a
                    planet I reckon.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    All right, okay, that's - Wait.
                    Fight a what?
                         
          INT. DRAX'S SLEEPING QUARTERS - NIGHT
                         
          Gamora, furious, BURSTS into the room.   She sees Mantis
          standing with Drax.
                         
          She RUNS to her, GRABBING HER by the neck --
                                                                                   92
                         
                         
                                               DRAX
                    Hey!
                         
          And she SLAMS her against the wall.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Who are you people?! What is this
                    place?!
                         
                                             DRAX
                                       (RE: NEBULA)
                    What is she doing here?
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    Just watching the fireworks.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Gamora, let her go!
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    The bodies in the caverns, who are
                    they?!
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    You are scared.
                         
          Gamora, whose skin is touching Mantis, lets go of her neck,
          terrified.
                         
          INT. PALACE - NIGHT
                         
          The DIORAMAS all around Quill and Ego TRANSFORM into a map of
          the universe. Quill stares in his cosmic reverie at the
          PLANETS around him - thousands of them with pieces of EGO'S
          LIFEFORM - GLOWING COSMIC PLANTS - buried within them.
                         
                                             EGO
                    I call it the Expansion. It is my
                    purpose. And now it's yours as
                    well.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    It's beautiful.
                         
          Quill stares up at a DIORAMA: Ego grabs handfuls of his own
          body, engulfed in light, and plants the wriggling pieces on
          various planets.
                         
                                             EGO
                    Over thousands of years I implanted
                    thousands of extensions of myself
                    on thousands of worlds.
                                                                                   93
                         
                         
          In the DIORAMAS, the COSMIC PLANTS OVERGROW and COVER each of
          the planets, like chocolate on a malt ball.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    I needed to fulfill life's one true
                    purpose: to grow and to spread,
                    covering all that exists, until
                    everything... is me.
                         
          INT. DRAX'S SLEEPING QUARTERS - NIGHT
                         
          Gamora backs away, recovering.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    What did she do to me?!
                         
                                             DRAX
                    She already told me everything.
                         
          INT. PALACE - NIGHT
                         
                                             EGO
                    I only had one problem. A single
                    Celestial doesn't have enough power
                    for such an enterprise. But two
                    Celestials - well now, that just
                    might do.
                         
          INT. DRAX'S SLEEPING QUARTERS - NIGHT
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    The bodies are his children.
                         
          Gamora is horrified.
                         
          INT. PALACE - NIGHT
                         
          On the DIORAMAS we see Ego with hundreds of species of female
          aliens.
                         
                                             EGO
                    Out of all my labors the most
                    beguiling was attempting to graft
                    my DNA with that of another
                    species. I hoped the result of such
                    a coupling would be enough to power
                    the expansion.
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR HALLWAY - NIGHT
                         
          Yondu and Rocket walk here.
                                                                                      94
                         
                         
                              EGO (O.S.)
                    I had Yondu deliver some of them to
                    me. It broke the Ravager code - but
                    I compensated him generously. And,
                    to ease his conscience, I told him
                    I would never hurt them.
                         
          INT. PALACE - NIGHT
                         
                                              EGO
                    That was true. They never felt a
                    thing. But, one after the other,
                    they failed me. None of them had
                    the Celestial genes. Until you,
                    Peter. Out of all my spawn, only
                    you have carried the connection to
                    the light.
                         
          Peter smiles, an enchanted idiot, the cosmos in his eyes.
                         
          INT. DRAX'S SLEEPING QUARTERS - NIGHT
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    We need to find Peter now and get
                    off this damn planet.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    Ego will have won him to his side
                    by now. He has a way of -
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    Then we just go.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    No. He's our friend.
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    All any of you do is yell at each
                    other. You're not friends.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    You're right. We're family.
                    We leave no one behind.
                                       (TO NEBULA)
                    Except maybe you.
                         
                                                NEBULA
                    Oh my god.
                         
          INT. PALACE - NIGHT
                         
                                             EGO
                    For the first time in my life, I am
                    truly not alone.
                                                                          95
                         
                         
          Quill suddenly looks sad.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    What is it, son?
                         
                                             QUILL
                    My friends.
                         
                                             EGO
                    That's the mortal in you, Peter.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Yes. I don't need that.
                         
                                             EGO
                    What are we?
                         
                                                QUILL
                    Forever.
                         
                                             EGO
                    What are they?
                         
                                                QUILL
                    Temporary.
                         
                                             EGO
                    You think you love them. But love
                    is merely an evolutionary trick in
                    the service of reproduction. We are
                    beyond such things.
                         
                                                QUILL
                    Yes.
                         
                                                EGO
                                   NOW -
                         
                                             QUILL
                    But my mother.
                         
          Ego looks at him, questioningly.
                         
                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    You said you loved my mother.
                         
                                             EGO
                    That I did. My river lily, who knew
                    the words to every song that came
                    on the radio. I returned to earth
                    to see her three times. I knew if I
                    came back a fourth, I'd never
                    leave.
                                             (MORE)
                                                                                      96
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    The expansion, the reason for my
                    very existence would be over. So I
                    did what I had to do. But it broke
                    my heart to put that tumor in her
                    head.
                         
                                               QUILL
                    Wh- what?
                         
          ZOLLY IN ON QUILL as the cosmos disappear from his eyes.
          Tears stream down his face.
                         
                                             EGO
                    I know that sounds bad -
                         
          QUILL PULLS OUT HIS PISTOLS AND FIRES; THE BLAST TEARS
          THROUGH EGO, DISPERSING the MOLECULES forming his body.
                         
          Quill SHOOTS at him AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN. The flesh
          disappears from Ego like bites from a cookie, exposing the
          angry alien skeletal form beneath.
                         
          But, as the charge on Peter's blasters wears out, Ego just
          looks at him, and, although he's filled with holes, he's
          merely disappointed.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    Who in the hell do you think you
                    are?
                         
                                             QUILL
                    You killed my mother!
                         
          EGO TRANSFORMS into DAVID HASSELHOFF.
                         
                                             EGO
                    I tried so hard to find the form
                    that best suited you, and this is
                    the thanks I get?
                         
          And then, once again, BECOMES HIS USUAL FORM.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    You really need to grow up.
                         
          A SPIKY COSMIC LIGHT-PROPELLED TENDRIL SHOOTS UP from the
          floor behind Quill, and JUTS into Quill's body.
                         
          Quill is THRUST INTO THE AIR.   He opens his mouth to SCREAM
          and WHITE LIGHT EMITS.
                                                                                    97
                         
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    I wanted to do this together! But I
                    suppose you'll have to learn by
                    spending the next thousand years as
                    a battery, `Star-Lord'.
                         
          INT. DRAX'S SLEEPING QUARTERS - NIGHT
                         
          THROUGH THE WINDOW to the PALACE - PAN TO Gamora watching as
          her TRANSMITTER - the one she was trying to contact Rocket on
          - BEEPS. She answers.
                         
                                              GAMORA
                    Rocket?!
                         
          Gamora follows Drax, Nebula, and a confused Mantis as they
          move out.
                         
          INT. LASER DRILL - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Rocket, Yondu, and Groot are CRAWLING into a huge LASER
          DRILL.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Keep that transmitter nearby so I
                    can find you. We're in an old piece
                    of construction equipment Yondu
                    once used to slice open the Bank of
                    A'askavaria.
                         
                              GAMORA (O.S.)
                    Ego's unhinged -
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    I know. Get ready.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    Drop it, Kraglin!
                         
          INT. QUADRANT FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Kraglin YANKS a lever.
                         
          I/E. LASER DRILL - OUTER SPACE
                         
          An ugly, bulbous and uneven craft PLOPS from the Quadrant,
          and heads toward Ego's surface.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    I got a plan.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    What is it?
                                                                                      98
                         
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    It's pretty simple.
                         
          INT. PALACE - NIGHT
                         
          Ego walks calmly up beside the trapped Quill. He snatches the
          Walkman off of him. He stares at it. Quill can barely speak.
                         
                                               QUILL
                    NO.
                         
          EGO PRESSES PLAY. A distorted version of "Brandy" plays.     He
          stares at it - perhaps he's feeling wistful sadness, or
          perhaps nothing at all.
                         
          `Brandy, you're a fine girl. What a good wife you would be.'
                         
                                             EGO
                    `My life, my love, my lady is the
                    sea'? Peter, THIS IS THE SEA.
                         
          EGO CRUSHES THE WALKMAN IN HIS GRIP as Quill watches
          helplessly.
                         
          The POWER SURGES from Quill through the TENTACLE and
          throughout the entire PALACE --
                         
          EXT. PALACE - NIGHT
                         
          As Gamora, Mantis, Drax, and Nebula run toward the Palace it
          BURSTS WITH COSMIC LIGHT, so brightly they have to protect
          their eyes.
                         
          INT. PALACE - NIGHT
                         
          EGO basks in the power and we TRAVEL down his legs --
                         
          INT. RED PLANET/SELF CHAMBER - NIGHT
                         
          We FOLLOW THE ENERGY THROUGH THE SURFACE OF THE PLANET --
                         
          THROUGH THE TWISTING VEINS OF LIGHT BENEATH --
                         
          And INTO an ENORMOUS, METAL ORB, the SELF CHAMBER, which
          EXPLODES WITH LIGHT.
                         
          Boom.
                         
          EARTH - EXT. WOODS BEHIND DAIRY QUEEN - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          We PUSH INTO the small plant - now a bit larger - that Ego
          planted at the very beginning of the film.
                         
          It LIGHTS UP and GROWS, INSTANTLY BURSTING UPWARDS -
                                                                                      99
                         
                         
          EARTH - EXT. DQ - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          The PLANT BURSTS UP BEHIND the Dairy Queen (now a modern DQ),
          a huge ORGANIC, BLOB-LIKE MASS OF LIGHT that comes down
          instantly on the building, CRUSHING it and everyone inside --
                         
          AND CONTINUING TO SPILL FORWARD, SPREADING.
                         
          INT. PALACE - NIGHT
                         
          EGO SUMMONS all his energy, when, SUDDENLY, a DOOR beside him
          SMASHES APART.
                         
          Drax has kicked through it and Gamora, Nebula and Mantis are
          with him. Ego turns to see them, then hears a RUMBLING above
          him.
                         
          He turns to look at a window on the palace wall behind him.
                         
          AND THE GIANT LASER DRILL COMES SMASHING THROUGH THE PALACE
          WALL.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    Hey there, Jackass.
                         
          Ego looks surprised.
                         
          The LASER DRILL lands on Ego, SQUASHING HIM.
                         
          The tendril retracts from Quill as he falls and heaves for
          breath.
                         
          EARTH - EXT. STREET - DAY
                         
          The cosmic plant, barreling down the street, suddenly STOPS.
                         
                         
                         
          INT. PALACE/LASER DRILL - SUNRISE
                         
          Drax, Gamora, Nebula, and Mantis rush into the crumbling
          palace.
                         
          The door on the side of the Laser Drill SLIDES OPEN. Baby
          Groot is standing there, smiling, and waving.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Out of the way, dumber, smaller
                    Groot.
                         
          As Drax crawls in, Groot starts PUNCHING Drax as hard as he
          can. Probably because he called him dumb, but who's to say.
                         
          Gamora helps up Quill.
                                                                                  100
                         
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    I told you something didn't feel
                    right.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    `I told you so.' That's really what
                    I need right now.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    I came back, didn't I?
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Because there's an unspoken thing.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    There is no unspoken thing.
                         
          INT. LASER DRILL - NIGHT
                         
          Drax, Mantis, Gamora, and Quill step inside the door.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    What are you doing? You could have
                    killed us all crashing in here like
                    that!
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Uh, `Thank you, Rocket'?
                         
                                             DRAX
                    We had it under control.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    We did not. That is only an
                    extension of his true self. He will
                    be back soon.
                         
                                             QUILL
                                       (RE: NEBULA)
                    What's Smurfette doing here!?
                         
                                              NEBULA
                    Back rubs, dishes, killing gods,
                    whatever I need to do to get a damn
                    ride home.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    She tried to murder me!
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    I saved you, you stupid fox.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    He's not a fox.
                                                                                   101
                         
                         
                                             GROOT
                    I am Groot.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    I'm not a raboon either!
                         
                                             GROOT
                    I am Groot.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    `Raccoon,' whatever!
                         
          Drax looks out the window.
                         
          INT. PALACE - NIGHT
                         
          TENTACLE-LIKE STRANDS BURST UP through the palace flooring
          all around the drill.
                         
          INT. PALACE - NIGHT
                         
          Drax turns to the others.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    How do we kill a Celestial?
                         
                                             QUILL
                    There's the center to him - his
                    brain, his soul, whatever it is, in
                    some sort of shell --
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    It's in the caverns below the
                    surface.
                         
          Quill climbs up the ladder to see -
                         
                                               QUILL
                    YONDU?
                         
          Nebula looks at Gamora.
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    If he's got that fin back, I am so
                    screwed.
                         
          I/E. PALACE - SUNRISE
                         
          Yondu THRUSTS the ship upward for takeoff.   But TENTACLES
          wrap around the ship --
                         
          And YANK IT BACK DOWN into the floor, destroying the
          foundation of the palce.
                                                                                  102
                         
                         
          THE ENTIRE PALACE SLOPES.
                         
          INT. LASER DRILL - SUNRISE
                         
          Everyone FALLS forward.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    Thrusters are out!
                         
          Quill starts rewiring the mechanics.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    I guess I should be glad I was a
                    skinny kid. Otherwise you would
                    have delivered me to this maniac!
                         
                                             YONDU
                    You still reckon that's the reason
                    I kept you around, you idiot?!
                         
                                             QUILL
                    That's what you told me, you old
                    doofus!
                         
                                             YONDU
                    Once I figured out what happened to
                    them other kids, I wasn't gonna
                    just hand you over.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    You said you were gonna eat me!
                         
                                             YONDU
                    That was being funny!
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Not to me!!
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    You people have issues.
                         
          Quill sees THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD where EGO'S CREEPY SKELETAL
          is GROWING IN FRONT OF THEM.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Of course I have issues that's my
                    fricking father!!... Thrusters are
                    back up.
                         
          Quill thrusts the ship FORWARD instead of up.
                         
          It CRASHES through Ego and DOWN THE SLOPING FLOOR --
                         
          And OUT THROUGH the giant pane of glass at the end.
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          I/E. LASER DRILL/CRACK IN THE PLANET - SUNRISE
                         
          Everyone holds on in what's essentially the worst roller
          coaster drop ever.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    We should be going up!
                         
                                             QUILL
                    We can't. Ego wants to eradicate
                    the universe as we know it. We have
                    to kill him.
                         
          They PLUMMET toward a fissure in the earth below.   It's too
          small for the ship.
                         
                                              QUILL (CONT'D)
                    Rocket!
                         
                                              ROCKET
                    Got it.
                         
          Rocket BLASTS the lasers perfectly, CHIPPING AWAY PIECES of
          rock, forming an opening in the crack.
                         
          They SMASH into the opening, barely fitting, leading down
          into the planet.
                         
          Quill flies perfectly, TWISTING through tunnels and around
          corners.
                         
          Rocket mans the lasers, BLASTING PIECES OUT OF PLACE just in
          time so they can SCRAPE through.
                         
                                             ROCKET (CONT'D)
                    So, we're saving the galaxy again?
                         
                                              QUILL
                    I guess.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Awesome. We'll really be able to
                    jack up our prices if we're two-
                    time-galaxy savers.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    I seriously can't believe that is
                    where your mind goes.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    It was just a random thought, man!
                    I thought we were friends!
                                             (MORE)
                                                                                      104
                         
                                             ROCKET (CONT'D)
                    Of course I care about the planets,
                    and the buildings, and all of the
                    animals on the planets.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    And the people.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Meh.
                         
          Mantis GIGGLES.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    The crabby puppy is so cute he
                    makes me want to die!
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Your suicidal thoughts sadden me,
                    but your wish will likely come
                    true.
                         
          I/E. QUADRANT FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          MEANWHILE, Kraglin is mellowly hanging out, eating some soup
          and listening to "WHAM BAM" BY SILVER as he sees something
          out in the distance of space. He looks a bit closer.
                         
          SOVEREIGN OMNICRAFT ARE POPPING THROUGH JUMP POINTS ABOVE
          EGO'S PLANET.
                         
          EXT. AYESHA'S SPACECRAFT - OUTER SPACE
                         
          AYESHA is remotely piloting one of the ships.   She looks
          determined and angry on the vid-screen.
                         
          And, one by one, Sovereign OMNICRAFT POP IN all around her,
          until there is a large fleet.
                         
          INT. SOVEREIGN PILOT BAY - DAY
                         
          Ayesha, in full pilot gear, yells into her comm.
                         
                                             AYESHA
                    Pilots, release envoy units!
                         
          EXT. AYESHA'S SPACECRAFT - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Smaller, more nimble robotic ENVOYS, like big pods with
          blasters for arms - detach from the front of every Omnicraft.
                         
                                             AYESHA
                    Our sensors detect the batteries
                    are below the surface of the
                    planet.
                                                                                  105
                         
                         
          INT. SOVEREIGN PILOT BAY - DAY
                         
                                                AYESHA
                       Dive!
                         
          OVERHEAD SHOT: On the screens in all the pods, the envoys
          DIVE toward the planet from slightly different directions.
                         
          I/E. QUADRANT FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Kraglin, in shock, watches the massive fleet of envoys diving
          downward. He grabs the comm.
                         
                                                KRAGLIN
                       Uhh... Cap'n?
                         
          No answer.
                         
                                                KRAGLIN (CONT'D)
                       Cap'n?
                         
          INT. LASER DRILL/CRACK IN THE PLANET - SUNRISE
                         
          Yondu doesn't hear the CRACKLING SPEAKER beside him as they
          maneuver down through the fissure. Quill eyes him.
                         
                                                YONDU
                       So why'd Ego want you here?
                         
                                                QUILL
                       He needs my genetic connection to
                       the light to help destroy the
                       universe. He tried to teach me how
                       to control the power.
                         
                                                YONDU
                       So could you?
                         
                                                QUILL
                       A little. I made a ball.
                         
                                                YONDU
                       A ball?
                         
                                                QUILL
                       I thought as hard as a could,
                       that's all I could come up with.
                         
                                                YONDU
                       You `thought'?
                         
          Quill nods.
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                                             YONDU (CONT'D)
                    You think when I make this arrow
                    fly I use my head?
                         
                                             QUILL
                    What do you use?
                         
          They look at each other instead of where they're going, and
          the CRASH into an overhanging piece of rock.
                         
          The entire side door is RIPPED OFF.
                         
          As the SCREECH through a smaller space and into --
                         
          INT. PLANET'S HOLLOW/LASER DRILL - DAY
                         
          The Laser Drill DROPS into this enormous open space within
          the planet.
                         
          The Guardians gather on the side of the ship open to the
          hollow, gazing out at its stunning beauty, lit by Ego's white
          glow running throughout it.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Whoa.
                         
          Mantis turns, looking through the portholes on the other
          side.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    There! Thats Ego's core.
                         
          Mantis points at the Self Chamber, down below them.   They
          twist down towards it.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    That ore's thick. Rocket, we're
                    gonna need to use the big laser.
                         
          Rocket nods, FLICKS switches.
                         
          All the small lasers on the sides move through grooves to
          combine into one huge laser in the center of the ship: the
          MEGA-LASER.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    We must hurry. It will not take Ego
                    long to find us.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Keep it still!
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          Quill steadies the craft as best he can beside the Self
          Chamber. But it's an unwieldy beast, built for power, not
          precision.
                         
          Rocket powers up the mega-laser and holds tight to the
          SHUDDERING CONTROLS as it DRILLS, BURNING a HOLE into the
          protective sheathe. It melts and drips down.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    We drill into the center, we kill
                    him.
                         
          Quill holds tight to the steering wheel. Yondu notices the
          BLINKING LIGHT on the comm. He taps it.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    What is it, Kraglin?
                         
                              KRAGLIN (O.S.)
                    Um, remember that Ayesha chick?
                         
                                                YONDU
                    Yeah, why?
                         
          Yondu looks out the window where AYESHA'S SQUADRON is
          SWOOPING OUT OF the cracks in the ceiling all around them.
                         
                                                YONDU (CONT'D)
                    Aw, hell.
                         
          Quill PULLS AWAY from the envoys.
                         
          But the Sovereign envoys start BLASTING AT THE CRAFT all at
          once; the LASER LOSES POWER and the VEHICLE TURNS SIDEWAYS -
                         
          Drax, Mantis, and Gamora GO TUMBLING from the hole in the
          side. Nebula and Groot grab onto the floor.
                         
          INT. BELOW SELF CHAMBER - DAY
                         
          Gamora, Drax, and Mantis FALL from an incredible height. They
          LAND - ONE, TWO, THREE - WITH APLOMB.
                         
          Gamora looks up and sees the Laser Drill CURL behind the Self
          Chamber as it tries to avoid the envoys' BLASTERS.
                         
          INT. SELF CHAMBER/LASER DRILL - DAY
                         
          Nebula and Groot settle as the ship rights itself and BLASTS
          PIERCE the ship around them.
                         
          Quill peers down at Rocket, who has jumped out of his seat
          and is pouring out the contents of his satchel.
                                                                                    108
                         
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Why aren't you firing the laser?!
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    They blew out the generator!
                    I think I packed a small detonator.
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    A detonator is worthless without
                    explosives!
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    We got these!
                         
          Rocket shows Nebula the Anulax batteries.
                         
          Quill leaves the controls to Yondu as he CLIMBS down beside
          Rocket, now messing with wiring on his BOMB.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Is it strong enough to kill Ego?
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    If it is, it will cause a chain
                    reaction throughout his entire
                    nervous system.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Meaning what?
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    The entire planet will explode.
                    We'll have to get out of here fast.
                    I rigged a timer.
                         
          Rocket stuffs the bomb back in his satchel.   Groot climbs on
          his back.
                         
          Rocket and Quill slap on their AERO RIGS.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Go!
                         
          The run and jump out of the laser drill, FLYING ON THEIR AERO
          RIGS, avoiding the GUNFIRE.
                         
          The ZOOM towards the blast hole on the side of the self
          chamber.
                         
          INT. OPENING OF BLAST HOLE - DAY
                         
          Rocket and Quill land here, messily, TUMBLING.
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          INT. BELOW SELF CHAMBER - DAY
                         
          Mantis is worried about something else entirely; the entire
          chasm begins TREMBLING and the walls start to MUTATE.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    He's coming.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Didn't you say you could make him
                    sleep?
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    When he wants! He's too powerful! I
                    can't!
                         
                                             DRAX
                    You don't have to believe in
                    yourself because I believe in you.
                         
          They look ahead. They see, on the enormous wall in front of
          them, the LIGHT-FORM of a giant EGO SCREAMING ANGRILY.
                         
          His SCREAM becomes a TUNNEL OF ROCKS RUSHING TOWARDS THEM
          like a train.
                         
          Mantis sees a nerve bundle on the ground coming from Ego's
          Core. Although afraid, she grabs it.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    SLEEP!
                         
          She SCREAMS with effort and some pain as energy travels
          through the bundle and into the core, where it darkens.
                         
          The LIGHT LEAVES THE ROCK FORMATION and it SLAMS into the
          ground in front of them, SPLASHING DIRT OVER THEM.
                         
          But they are safe, shivering. Drax and Gamora look at each
          other.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    I never thought she'd be able to do
                    it. With as skinny and weak as she
                    appears to be.
                         
          Mantis's arm is TREMBLING.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    I don't know how long I can hold
                    him!
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                                             GAMORA
                    You need to, girl. If you don't
                    keep Ego at bay, we all die.
                         
          INT. OPENING OF BLAST HOLE - DAY
                         
          Rocket shines a powerful PEN-LIGHT inside the cavity,
          exposing the interior, spattered with Swiss-cheese-like holes
          glowing with light.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    The metal is too thick! For the
                    bomb to work we'd actually need to
                    place it on Ego's core. And our
                    fat butts ain't gonna fit through
                    those tiny holes.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Well...
                         
          Quill slowly eyes Groot, who is playing with a leaf on his
          arm and thinking about something else entirely.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    That's a terrible idea.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Which is the only kind of idea we
                    got left.
                         
          Rocket SIGHS. He puts Groot on his back and MOVES with Groot
          deeper into the blast hole, mumbling to himself:
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Unbelievable. `Rocket, do this.
                    Rocket, do that.'
                         
          Quill turns toward the opening. PUSH UP AND IN ON QUILL.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Uh, what a day.
                         
          He jumps out into the fray.
                         
          INT. PLANET'S HOLLOW - DAY
                         
          Quill FLIES UP as a ship FLIES in toward him BLASTING, and
          he's about to fire back. MAN VS. SPACESHIP. This is most
          likely the beginning of the biggest, baddest fight scene
          ever, but instead we CUT TO -
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          INT. INSIDE BLAST HOLE - DAY
                         
          Quiet. Blasts in the deep background. Rocket places a tiny
          bomb in front of Groot. It is a small, simple device with
          two switches and two buttons. He explains, very carefully:
                         
                                              ROCKET
                    All right. First you flick this
                    switch, then this switch. That
                    activates it. And then you push
                    this button, which will give you
                    five minutes to get out of there.
                    Whatever you do don't push this
                    button, because that will set off
                    the bomb immediately, and we'll all
                    be dead. Now repeat back what I
                    just said.
                         
                                             GROOT
                    I am Groot.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Uh huh.
                         
                                             GROOT
                    I am Groot.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    That's right.
                         
                                             GROOT
                    I am Groot.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    No! That's the button that will
                    kill everyone! Try again.
                         
          Groot thinks.
                         
                                             GROOT
                    I am Groot.
                         
          Rocket nods.
                         
                                             GROOT (CONT'D)
                    I am Groot.
                         
          Rocket nods.
                         
                                             GROOT (CONT'D)
                    I am Groot.
                                                                                    112
                         
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    No! That's exactly what you just
                    said! How is that even possible?!
                    Which button is the button you're
                    supposed to push?! Point to it.
                         
          Groot thinks. And he points to the one that will kill
          everyone.
                         
                                             ROCKET (CONT'D)
                    NO!!!
                         
                              QUILL (O.S.)
                    Hey, you're making him nervous!
                         
          Rocket runs to see, at the end of the hole, a sliver of the
          outside as Quill peeks in while SHOOTING at envoys.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Shut up! And give me some tape!
                    Does anyone have any tape out
                    there!? I want to put some tape
                    over the death button!
                         
                                             QUILL
                    I don't have any tape.    Let me
                    check.
                         
          Quill disappears from the hole.    As Rocket waits, he hears,
          amongst the chaos, faintly -
                         
                              QUILL (O.S.) (CONT'D)
                    Yo, Yondu, do you have any - ow! -
                    do you have any tape?!
                         
          O.S. GUN BLASTS.
                         
          We hear VOICES GRUMBLING.
                         
          Rocket and Groot look around, waiting. Rocket is impatient.
          He coughs. Groot is like a bored kid in a waiting room. He
          shifts around and plays with the wires on the bomb.
                         
          Quill reappears outside the hole, SHOOTING an envoy.
                         
                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    No one has any tape.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Not a single person has tape?
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                                             QUILL
                    You have priceless batteries and an
                    atomic bomb in your bag! If anyone
                    had tape it would be you!
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    That's exactly my point! I have to
                    do everything!
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Dude, you're wasting time!
                         
          Rocket turns back to Groot, who has already taken the bomb
          and is heading towards the hole.
                         
          He makes a "WHEEEEEE" sound and smiles brightly as he HOPS
          into the hole and SLIDES down as if on a water slide.
                         
          Rocket, heavy-lidded, watches him go.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    We're all gonna die.
                         
          INT. PLANET'S HOLLOW/LASER DRILL - DAY
                         
          Yondu and Nebula, in the cockpit, are being overcome as
          blasts come through the walls.
                         
                                              YONDU
                    We're done for without the
                    generator.
                         
          Nebula MOANS, frustrated. She flips open a section of the
          dashboard, then a part of her arm.
                         
          INT. PLANET'S HOLLOW/LASER DRILL - DAY
                         
          The remaining Sovereign envoys have ENCIRCLED the battered
          Laser Drill, BLASTING IT TO BITS.
                         
          Quill FLIES into the Laser Drill, SLAMMING into the wall.
                         
                              AYESHA (ON SHIP)
                    Guardians! Perhaps it will provide
                    you solace that your deaths are not
                    without purpose.
                         
          Nebula is feeding the wires from the craft into her
          mechanical arm.
                         
          INT. SOVEREIGN PILOT BAY - DAY
                         
          The actual Ayesha, fitted with the pilot gear, looks at the
          Laser Drill on the screen.
                                                                                  114
                         
                         
                                             AYESHA
                    They will serve as a warning to all
                    of those tempted with betraying us;
                    don't screw with the Sovereign.
                         
          INT. PLANET'S HOLLOW/LASER DRILL - DAY
                         
          Yondu works some switches: The LASERS slide back into the
          slots all over the ship.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    This is gonna hurt.
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    Promises, promises.
                         
          Yondu flips ALL the switches; ALL THE POWER RUNS PAINFULLY
          OUT OF NEBULA'S BODY INTO THE VEHICLE --
                         
          AND THE LASERS BEAM OUT OF THE SHIP IN ALL DIRECTIONS AT
          ONCE, like a dangerous disco ball, slicing through almost
          nearly every single ENVOY.
                         
          INT. BELOW SELF CHAMBER - DAY
                         
          A BEAM ALMOST HITS Drax, but he LEAPS out of the way. Smoke
          rises from a hole in the ground between him and Mantis.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Hey!
                         
          INT. PLANET'S HOLLOW/LASER DRILL - DAY
                         
          With flair, Yondu spins the pilot's wheel, so that the whole
          rig REVOLVES.
                         
          Ayesha looks on, in horror as the BEAMS SLICE THROUGH the
          remaining CRAFT - and one is COMING HER WAY.
                         
                              AYESHA (ON SHIP)
                    NO!!
                         
          AYESHA'S ENVOY IS RIPPED APART.
                         
          INT. SOVEREIGN PILOT BAY - DAY
                         
          Ayesha SITS BACK. She looks around her at the other pods: all
          of them are down.
                         
                                             AYESHA
                    NO! NOOOOO!!
                                                                                   115
                         
                         
          INT. PLANET'S HOLLOW/LASER DRILL - DAY
                         
          Quill sees FLAMING CHUNKS FLY into the rig...
                         
          And FIRE SPILLING toward the ship's engine, dripping fuel.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    We're gonna blow!
                         
          Yondu WHISTLES as the FLAMES HIT THE FUEL -
                         
          INT. BELOW SELF CHAMBER - DAY
                         
          Gamora watches as the ENTIRE LASER DRILL EXPLODES.   She is
          stricken.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Peter?
                         
          She sees a tiny body flying from the ship - it's Nebula, who
          LANDS across from her on her feet.
                         
          Gamora looks at her, worried. Nebula gives her what might be
          a little smile, and looks upward. Gamora follows her line of
          sight.
                         
          Quill is FLYING FROM THE EXPLOSION on his aero-rig. Yondu is
          holding onto a flying arrow: his one arm up straight, his
          heels touching. Quill looks at him and SNICKERS.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    What?
                         
                                             QUILL
                    You look like Mary Poppins.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    Is he cool?
                         
          Quill looks at the man who raised him. He smiles.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Yeah. He's cool.
                         
          Yondu looks out at the Guardians as he comes in for a
          landing.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    I'm Mary Poppins, y'all!
                         
          Quill and Yondu LAND beside Nebula. Gamora sees Quill and
          MARCHES TOWARD HIM.
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          The CAMERA CIRCLES GAMORA AND QUILL, FIERY SHIP FRAGMENTS
          RAINING DOWN AROUND THEM IN SLOW-MOTION, as if this is the
          greatest heavy metal video of all time.
                         
          The other Guardians enter, one by one - Nebula, Drax, Yondu,
          Rocket FLYING DOWN on his aero-rig, and finally, Mantis,
          staring forward with concentration until --
                         
          A HUGE CHUNK OF SPACESHIP FLIES IN FROM THE SIDE, FLATTENING
          MANTIS. The others all look down at her in shock.
                         
                                              QUILL
                    Oh. Wow.
                         
          Mantis, UNCONSCIOUS BENEATH a ship fragment, has lost hold of
          Ego.
                         
          THE ENTIRE HOLLOW AROUND THEM BEGINS TO RUMBLE.   THE GROUND
          AND WALLS THEMSELVES SHIFT and WAVER.
                         
          The whole cavity is alive. Drax checks on Mantis.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    She's just unconscious.
                         
          INT. SELF CHAMBER TUNNELS - DAY
                         
          Groot RUNS and HOPS through the tunnels. He comes to a
          crossroads.
                         
          He sees a COSMIC LIGHT emanating from one tunnel.   He dashes
          off toward it.
                         
          INT. BELOW SELF CHAMBER - DAY
                         
                                             QUILL
                    How long before the bomb goes off?
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    In the unlikely event Groot doesn't
                    kill us all, about six minutes.
                         
          Yondu speaks into the comm on his lapel.
                         
                                              YONDU
                    Kraglin.
                         
          INT. QUADRANT FLIGHT DECK - DAY
                         
          Kraglin, NODDING OUT, abruptly wakes.
                         
                              YONDU (O.S.)
                    We need the Quadrant for extraction
                    in T-minus five minutes.
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                                             KRAGLIN
                    Aye, Cap'n!
                         
          EXT. BELOW SELF CHAMBER - DAY
                         
          Our heroes peer up to see the SURFACE OF THE PLANET UNFOLDING
          ABOVE THEM, so that THE BRIGHT SKY SHINES THROUGH.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Someone needs to be up top when
                    Kraglin arrives. Drax, take Mantis.
                         
          Drax nods. He picks up Mantis. Quill grabs the aero-rig off
          himself and SLAPS it on Drax's back, which AUTOMATICALLY
          WRAPS around his upper body.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    Ahhh! My nipples!
                         
          He FLIES UPWARD.
                         
          The ground around them SPLITS INTO ENORMOUS CRACKS. Gamora
          sees a CRACK IN THE EARTH RUSHING TOWARD her and Quill, and
          she turns toward him.
                         
          And Gamora's side CRUMBLES AWAY, GAMORA FALLING DOWN with it.
                         
                                              QUILL
                    Gamora!!
                         
          HUGE BURSTS OF EARTH SHOOT UP all around Drax, Yondu, Rocket,
          and Quill.
                         
          The planet has formed GIANT TENTACLES THAT HURTLE towards our
          heroes.
                         
          EXT. LOWER RIFT - DAY
                         
          Gamora is PLUMMETING, seemingly to her death, when she looks
          over and sees Nebula FALLING just behind her.
                         
          Nebula grabs Gamora's arm and then grabs onto a passing
          cliff.
                         
          They SNAP TO A STOP- OW! - hanging down off the side.
                         
          Nebula tosses Gamora up onto a flat surface.
                         
          As Nebula climbs up after her, Gamora looks at her, wary but
          surprised by this beneficence.
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    Oh, get over it.
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          EXT. BELOW SELF CHAMBER - DAY
                         
          Quill BLASTS a tentacle.
                         
          Yondu WHISTLES, the ARROW WEAVING THROUGH TENTACLES around
          them.
                         
          Rocket TOSSES a bunch of tiny bombs at some, which they stick
          to and EXPLODE.
                         
          But they are by no means winning this fight.
                         
          EXT. PLANET SURFACE - DAY
                         
          The giant Quadrant LOWERS toward the surface.
                         
          EXT. LOWER RIFT - DAY
                         
          Gamora looks at Nebula.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    We have to get up to the extraction
                    point!
                         
          They look over the edge and see a huge RIFT OF LAND RISING
          QUICKLY. They look at each other and JUMP -
                         
          They GRAB ONTO THE EDGE of the rising rift, CLUTCHING TO IT
          as it FLIES upward toward the open space above them.
                         
          EXT. PLANET SURFACE - DAY
                         
          Drax FLIES UP onto the surface; he sees the Quadrant waiting
          for him there. He DARTS for the ship.
                         
          INT. QUADRANT FLIGHT DECK - DAY
                         
          Kraglin opens the LOADING DOOR
                         
          EXT. PLANET SURFACE - DAY
                         
          But huge swatches of the planet reach up and GRAB onto the
          Quadrant, YANKING IT DOWN.
                         
          INT. QUADRANT FLIGHT DECK - DAY
                         
          Kraglin, freaking out, throws the thrusters into high gear.
                         
          I/E. PLANET SURFACE/QUADRANT LOADING BAY - DAY
                         
          The thrusters FLARE as the massive ship STRUGGLES to free
          itself from Ego's tendrils.
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          And it does PULL ITSELF UP for a moment, but the tendrils
          tighten, SLAMMING it back down.
                         
          The whole Quadrant starts to TIP OVER. Kraglin falls down
          against the side of the ship.
                         
          Drax sees the ship FALLING TOWARDS HIM and he RUNS away from
          it in fear.
                         
          But he arrives a the edge of a cliff. He crouches as the
          ship CONTINUES DOWN toward him, about to SQUASH both he and
                         MANTIS --
                         
          But Kraglin heroically CRAWLS his way back up to the controls
          as he dangles from them. He pushes on the thrusters, so that
          the ship goes back upright.
                         
          Drax turns and again RUNS toward the Quadrant.
                         
          EXT. PLANET'S HOLLOW - DAY
                         
          Gamora and Nebula are still rising on the rift when they SLAM
          into a wall near the opening in the surface of the planet.
                         
          EXT. BELOW SELF CHAMBER - DAY
                         
          Quill turns and sees Ego, in his terrifying SKELETAL LIGHT
          FORM, STROLLING DOWN TOWARDS HIM as the land around him PARTS
          LIKE THE RED SEA.
                         
          As Ego walks, THE DIRT AND MOLECULES AROUND EGO FORM ORGANS
          IN HIS BODY, piecing himself back together.
                         
          Quill sees a tentacle SLAM Yondu to the ground and COVER HIS
          ENTIRE BODY.
                         
          He turns to see Rocket HOLLERING as he FIRES at tentacles,
          but they OVERWHELM him.
                         
          EXT. PLANET SURFACE - DAY
                         
          The earth WRAPS AROUND Drax's legs like quicksand, pulling
          him and Mantis down into it.
                         
          EXT. PLANET'S HOLLOW - DAY
                         
          Gamora and Nebula scramble, trying to CLIMB BACK UP, when
          TENDRILS WRAP AROUND THEM, stopping them from going further.
                         
          INT. SELF CHAMBER TUNNELS - DAY
                         
          The walls are tightening around Groot. He grows his branches
          to try to stop them, but they aren't working.
                                                                                     120
                         
                         
          He begins to CRY, like an actual baby, terrified, on the
          brink of suffocating.
                         
          EXT. BELOW SELF CHAMBER - DAY
                         
          Ego approaches his son. He is fully formed, and he is more
          truly "himself." Alien. Dark eyes and pale skin.
                         
                                             EGO
                    I told you I don't want to do this
                    alone.
                         
          EXT. BELOW SELF CHAMBER - DAY
                         
                                             EGO
                    You cannot deny the purpose the
                    universe has bestowed upon you!
                         
          And once again, the LIGHT TENDRILS STAB THROUGH QUILL'S BACK,
          thrusting him to his knees.
                         
          Smaller light tendrils stab into his face and body.
                         
          And we see the LIGHT being sucked out of Quill and up into
          the Self Chamber once more as it BURSTS WITH LIGHT.
                         
          EARTH - EXT. STREET - DAY
                         
          POLICE OFFICERS and bystanders are in the streets, snapping
          phone photos, etc, beside the HUGE, STILL SWATCH OF EGO'S
          LIFEFORM.
                         
                                             OFFICER FITZGIBBON
                    Please, everyone. Step back. I need
                    you all to clear the -
                         
                              WEIRD OLD MAN
                    What is that?
                         
          The LIFEFORM ALIGHTS WITH ENERGY and MOVES again, SPILLING
          INCREDIBLY QUICKLY towards them.
                         
          People abandon their cars in traffic as it RUNS OVER THEM.
                         
          A WOMAN FALLS. People TRAMPLE around her.
                         
          But an old man's hands reach in, helping her up.
                         
          REVEAL GRANDPA QUILL, in his 70's or 80's now.
                         
                                             GRANDPA QUILL
                    Come on, ma'am.
                         
          He HELPS the woman into an SUV.
                                                                                    121
                         
                         
          He SLAMS on the gas, SCREECHING AWAY from the enormous tidal
          wave of organic light.
                         
          XANDAR - I/E. STARBLASTER/CITY - DAY
                         
          EGO'S LIFEFORM smashes down the PARK WALLS and into the
          street.
                         
                                             EGO
                        (O.S)
                    It doesn't need to be like this
                                   PETER
                         
          EXT. BELOW SELF CHAMBER - DAY
                         
          Ego approaches his son.
                         
                                             EGO
                    Why are you destroying our chance?!
                         
          AAKON - EXT. AAKON CITY - NIGHT
                         
          AAKONS run from a giant wave behind them.
                         
                                             EGO
                        (O.S)
                    Stop pretending you aren't, what
                    you are!
                         
          KREE HOMEWORLD - EXT. STEEP HILLSIDE - DAY
                         
          KREE MONKS run from the cosmic flesh as it pours down the
          hillside behind them.
                         
          But it's too fast, RUSHING OVER THEM.
                         
          PRIMITIVE PLANET - EXT. WETLANDS - DAY
                         
          THOUSANDS OF ORLONI are darting in fear across this dusty
          desert, as it WASHES OVER them.
                         
                                             EGO
                        (O.S)
                    One in billions..
                         
          ARAGO-7 - EXT. STONY LANDSCAPE - DAY
                         
          THREE HURCTARIANS run, SCREAMING.
                         
                                             EGO
                        (O.S)
                    Trillions, even more!
                                                                                     122
                         
                         
          EASIK - EXT. FOREST - NIGHT
                         
          AN EASIK MOTHER clutches her BABY, covering it with her own
          body, as the spreading lifeform LOOMS UP behind her.
                         
          She closes her eyes and waits for the worst.
                         
          EXT. BELOW SELF CHAMBER - DAY
                         
          Quill looks up at Ego, barely able to focus, as the molecules
          form skin over the muscle and skeleton and innards beneath.
                         
                                             EGO
                    What greater meaning could life
                    possibly have to offer?!
                         
          Yondu struggles beneath the tentacle beside Quill.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    I don't use my head to fly the
                    arrow, boy! I use my h -
                         
          Quill hears this as the earth COVERS Yondu's face.
                         
          Quill LOOKS INWARD. And suddenly, everything becomes...
                         
          QUIET.
                         
          Tears come to Peter Quill's eyes as he remember those around
          him and what they mean to him. And we see his MEMORIES.
                         
          - YOUNG PETER QUILL AND HIS MOTHER CUDDLED AND LISTENING TO
          MUSIC ON THE WALKMAN TOGETHER, EACH WITH ONE EAR PIECE.
                         
          - QUILL AND DRAX LAUGHING HYSTERICALLY ON THE MILANO.
                         
          - GAMORA AND PETER LOOKING INTO EACH OTHER'S EYES AND DANCING
          ON KNOWHERE.
                         
          - QUILL AND ROCKET FLYING THROUGH THE SKY ON AERO-RIGS FOR
          THE FIRST TIME, SMILING AS THE AIR RUSHES THROUGH THEIR HAIR.
          BABY GROOT CLUTCHES HAPPILY ONTO QUILL'S BACK.
                         
          - YONDU AND YOUNG QUILL IN THE FOREST. YONDU'S ARM IS ON
          PETER'S ARM AS HE TEACHES HIM HOW TO SHOOT.
                         
                         
                         
          Quill looks back up at Ego as we HEAR the gentle chords of
          FLEETWOOD MAC'S "THE CHAIN" starts echoing throughout the
          hollow.
                         
          He clutches his fist and we see the light growing within it.
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          Bits of earth begin to ROLL UP AND SCRAMBLE AND SWIRL around
          Quill's body, his arms, his legs, as if he's pulling them
          towards himself with magnets.
                         
          And Ego looks confused, as the GROUND QUAKES AROUND HIM.
                         
          Quill glares at his father, his voice distorting with
          Celestial thunder.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    You shouldn't have killed my mom
                    and squished my walkman.
                         
          Ahd a SOLID TORNADO OF EARTH PROPELS QUILL FORWARD. Ego
          tries to protect himself as Quill SLAMS into him, FLYING
          UPWARDS WITH HIM --
                         
          Quill raises his fist, NOW A GIANT CLUB.   And he SMASHES Ego.
                         
          As Ego loses his concentration --
                         
          EXT. PLANET'S SURFACE - DAY
                         
          A pair of arms are protruding from the surface of the planet,
          still holding Mantis aloft.
                         
          The earth falls away, and Drax, who was entirely covered,
          heaves for breath.
                         
          EXT. CRACK IN PLANET - DAY
                         
          The TENDRILS FALL, freeing Gamora and Nebula as they GASP.
                         
          EXT. BELOW SELF CHAMBER - DAY
                         
          Yondu BREAKS THROUGH THE ROCKS around him, drawing in breath.
                         
          The TENTACLES HOLDING ROCKET ALOFT CRUMBLE, and he looks
          around, confused.
                         
          EARTH - EXT. ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI - DAY
                         
          The WAVE PUSHES UP against the back of Grandpa Quill's CAMARO
          and suddenly STOPS:
                         
          the mountainous plant, a hundred stories high, is up against
          the back of the car.
                         
          EASIK - EXT. FOREST - NIGHT
                         
          The Easik Mother clutching her baby looks behind her; the
          wave has stopped.
                         
          She clutches her baby to her chest, relieved.
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          INT. SELF CHAMBER TUNNELS - DAY
                         
          The tunnel around Groot SNAPS BACK to what it was. Once more
          he can see the light at the tunnel's end, and one looks like
          a GIANT BRAIN composed of prismatic light.
                         
          He RUNS forward.
                         
          INT. INSIDE BLAST HOLE - DAY
                         
          Rocket flies up and yells at Groot.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Groot! Groot, if you can can hear
                    me, hurry up - I'm not sure how
                    long Quill can keep him distracted!
                         
          INT. SELF CHAMBER CORE - DAY
                         
          Groot ARRIVES at the end of the tunnel, and stops there.
                         
          The center of the core holds a huge cosmic placenta, and,
          within that, EGO'S TRUE SELF, the COSMIC BRAIN. It ROILS
          FURIOUSLY, the reflection of its fight with Quill, thrashing
          around within this womb.
                         
          Although afraid, Groot places the bomb on the placenta.
                         
          Groot stares at both buttons, scared - he doesn't know which
          one to pick.
                         
          Groot makes a decision on which button to press. He goes to
          push the death button.
                         
          Then his finger STOPS just millimeters from the button,
          TREMBLING. He thinks...
                         
          And then changes the course of his finger, PUSHING THE
          CORRECT BUTTON.
                         
          THE COUNTDOWN CLOCK COMMENCES.
                         
          Baby Groot turns, terrified, and RUNS.
                         
          I/E. PLANET SURFACE/QUADRANT LOADING BAY - DAY
                         
          Drax moves with Mantis into the loading bay.    He throws her
          down and climbs up a ladder.
                         
          THE CAMERA SWINGS TO GAMORA AND NEBULA, climbing up to the
          surface in the dirt storm.
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          INT. PLANETS HOLLOW - DAY
                         
          Ego RISES on his own MOLECULAR TORNADO and STRIKES BACK at
          Quill. He YELLS as he SLAMS Quill against the wall, DRAGGING
          his face along the wall.
                         
          He TOSSES Quill into a another wall.
                         
          EXT. BELOW SELF CHAMBER/PLANET'S HOLLOW - DAY
                         
          QUILL brings his ARM FILLED WITH LIGHT away from the wall, so
          that he causes a WAVE OF LIGHT AND ROCK around the interior
          of the hollow, FLYING TO EGO and knocking him aside.
                         
          Yondu protects his face as DIRT SWIRLS in the wake of the
          Quill/Ego battle.
                         
          Rocket, carrying Groot, FLIES BACK DOWN beside him.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Yondu! We're about to blow!
                         
                                             YONDU
                    Get to the ship.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Not without Quill.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    You gotta take care of the twig.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Not without you.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    I ain't done nothing right my whole
                    damn life, rat. You need to give me
                    this.
                         
          Rocket, hesitantly, nods.    He grabs some things from his bag.
          He hands them to Yondu.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    A space suit and an aero rig. I
                    only have one of each.
                         
          Yondu nods. Rocket nods too.
                         
          Rocket starts to go, but STOPS and looks at Yondu.
                         
          He wants to say something, but he doesn't know what. Baby
          Groot does.
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                                             GROOT
                    I am Groot.
                         
                                             YONDU
                    What's that?
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    He says welcome to the frickin'
                    Guardians of the Galaxy... only he
                    didn't use `frickin'.
                         
                                                YONDU
                    Bye, twig.
                         
          Groot waves.
                         
          And Rocket FLIES UP toward the surface. Rocket mutters to
          Groot.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    We're gonna need to have a
                    discussion about your language.
                         
          EXT. BELOW SELF CHAMBER/PLANET'S HOLLOW - DAY
                         
          Ego SLAMS Quill back against a wall. Ego pulls the huge rocks
          away from the wall, FLYING THEM TOWARDS HIM and BATTERING HIM
          THERE.
                         
          Ego and Quill FLY TOWARDS each other.
                         
          Ego uses the LIGHT TO BRING ROCKS TO HIS BODY, forming a
          giant AVATAR OF HIMSELF.
                         
          Quill brings YELLOW ROCKS to his body, forming a GIANT PAC-
          MAN.
                         
          Ego's form flies into Pac-Man's mouth, so hard there's a
          SONIC BOOM.
                         
          They fall, TUMBLING, still striking one another on the way
          down.
                         
          They LAND HARD.
                         
          INT. SELF CHAMBER CORE - DAY
                         
          The timer counts down.    A minute left.
                         
          I/E. PLANET SURFACE/QUADRANT LOADING BAY - DAY
                         
          Gamora and Nebula are caring for Mantis as Rocket and Groot
          ARRIVE.
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                                                   GAMORA
                          Where's Peter?
                         
                Rocket doesn't answer. Or he can't answer.
                         
                                                   GAMORA (CONT'D)
                          Rocket, where is he?!
                         
                Rocket looks down at a timer in his hand. The time is almost
                there.
                         
                                                   GAMORA (CONT'D)
                          Rocket?! Rocket, look at me! Where
                          is he?!
                         
                Rocket just shakes his head a little.
                         
                But Groot points sadly outside.
                         
                                                   GAMORA (CONT'D)
                          I'm not leaving without him.
                         
                Gamora hardens. She stands and SNATCHES A RIFLE off the wall.
                She COCKS IT.
                         
                She STARTS OUT the bay door --
                         
                When AN ELECTRICAL BLAST HITS HER from behind.
                         
                She FALLS OVER, unconscious, REVEALING Rocket with his gun.
                         
                                                   ROCKET
                          I'm sorry. I can only afford to
                          lose one friend today.
                                             (INTO COMM)
                          Kraglin, GO!
                         
                INT. QUADRANT FLIGHT DECK - DAY
                         
                Drax looks uncertain as Kraglin presses thrust.
                         
                                                   DRAX
                          Wait. Is Quill back?
                                             (INTO COMM)
                          Rocket, where's Quill?!
                         
                I/E. PLANET SURFACE/QUADRANT LOADING BAY - DAY
                         
                Rocket looks sadly out the bay door as it CLOSES; Drax's
                voice echoes on his comm.
                         
                                    DRAX (O.S.)
          251             Where's Quill?! WHERE'S QUILL?!                   251
                                                                                    128
                         
                         
          EXT. BELOW SELF CHAMBER - DAY
                         
          Quill and Ego are exhausted, on their knees and leaning
          against one another like boxers after too many rounds.
                         
          INT. SELF CHAMBER CORE - DAY
                         
          The timer reads 00:26 seconds
                         
          EXT. BELOW SELF CHAMBER - DAY
                         
          Ego reaches for the core..
                         
                                             EGO
                    No, we need to stop it!
                         
          Quill throws him to the ground. But Ego comes back up,
          grasping his son's jacket, pleading with him now.
                         
                                             EGO (CONT'D)
                    Listen to me! You are a god! If you
                    kill me, you'll just be like
                    everyone else!
                         
                                             QUILL
                    What's so wrong with that?
                         
          Ego looks at his son, scared.
                         
                                             EGO
                                   NO -
                         
          INT. SELF CHAMBER CORE - DAY
                         
          The countdown reaches zero.    The brain EXPLODES.
                         
          I/E. EGO'S NERVOUS SYSTEM - DAY
                         
          The explosion causes the life forces to BURST THROUGH THE
          ENTIRE PLANET.
                         
          EXT. BELOW SELF CHAMBER - DAY
                         
          Everything around Quill is EXPLODING.
                         
          He looks down at his hands, where the glow FADES and
          DISAPPEARS.
                         
          He gazes up at the mammoth walls around him as they BLOW UP
          and COLLAPSE.
                         
          He lowers at head, at peace with the death that's coming,
          when, from the side, through the debris --
                                                                                    129
                         
                         
          YONDU IS FLYING TOWARDS HIM ON AN AERO-RIG.
                         
          Yondu GRABS him, almost a tackle, really, LIFTING HIM up and
          FLYING AWAY.
                         
          EXT. PLANET'S HOLLOW - DAY
                         
          As Yondu and Quill FLY UPWARD, the planet EXPLODES behind
          them, flames licking their heels, huge stretches of the
          planet caving in.
                         
          EXT. SKY - DAY
                         
          Yondu holds a surprised Quill as they SOAR up into the sky,
                         
                                             YONDU
                    He may have been your father, boy.
                    But he wasn't your daddy.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    What?
                         
                                             YONDU
                    I'm sorry I didn't do it right. I'm
                    damn lucky you're my boy.
                         
          Quill is touched.
                         
          Yondu SLAPS the SPACESUIT disk onto Quill; THE SHIMMERY
          SHEATHE COVERS HIM.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    What?
                         
          Yondu breathes out as completely as he can, emptying his
          lungs. And they EXIT THE PLANET'S ATMOSPHERE, bursting into -
                         
          EXT. SPACE - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Quill struggles to get free, but Yondu holds him there,
          trapping him, but it is also an embrace. The ENTIRE PLANET is
          COLLAPSING BEHIND THEM.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Yondu, you can't! What are you
                    doing? What are you doing?!
                         
          Yondu's jet pack expires its supply of fuel, and they STOP
          THERE, in space, FLOATING.
                         
          Yondu's grip weakens. Quill turns to face him.
                         
                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    Yondu. Yondu, no!
                                                                                    130
                         
                         
          Yondu grabs his son's face with both hands, looking and
          touching him with love.
                         
                                                QUILL (CONT'D)
                       No.
                         
          And Yondu's FACE EXPANDS and his BODY GOES LIMP as he DIES
          there. And he starts to DRIFT AWAY. Quill grabs onto his
          shirt. He is CRYING.
                         
                                                QUILL (CONT'D)
                       No!
                         
          And, suddenly, behind Quill, Rocket and Drax PROPEL
          themselves toward him in aero-rigs, GRABBING him.
                         
                                                            FADE TO BLACK
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR CREMATORY - LATER
                         
          Yondu's body lies on a plank here: Various colored cloths are
          laid in strips over his body and face, yaro lilies beneath
          him, red-fired pyres and Yondu's toys all around.
                         
          Rocket, Groot, Drax, Gamora, Mantis, and Kraglin surround the
          table. Quill is at the head. He has to say a few words. But
          it is not easy.
                         
                                                QUILL
                       The other day I told Gamora how I
                       used to pretend my dad was David
                       Hasselhoff.
                         
          Rocket and Drax exchange a look.
                         
                                                QUILL (CONT'D)
                       He's a singer and actor from
                       earth... a really famous guy.
                         
          Drax nods.
                         
                                                QUILL (CONT'D)
                       And, you know, today it struck me.
                       Yondu didn't have a talking car,
                       but he did have a flying arrow.
                       And he didn't have the voice of an
                       angel, but he did have the whistle
                       of one. And both David Hasselhoff
                       and Yondu went on kickass
                       adventures, and hooked up with hot
                       women, and fought robots.
                                                (MORE)
                                                                                  131
                         
                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    So, the thing is, David Hasselhoff
                    kinda did end up being my Dad after
                    all, only he was Yondu. I had a
                    pretty cool Dad.
                         
          Quill starts to break down.
                         
                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    And what I'm trying to say here is,
                    that thing you're searching for
                    your whole life, sometimes it's
                    right there by your side all along
                    and you don't even know it.
                         
          Gamora sees Nebula, watching from a darkened doorway, before
          she turns and walks away. She moves after her.
                         
          Groot looks up at an upset Rocket.
                         
                                             GROOT
                    I am Groot?
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Yeah. That's the friend I was
                    talking about.
                         
                                             GROOT
                    I am Groot.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    He did call you `twig.'
                         
          INT. QUADRANT SMALL HALLWAY - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          Gamora catches up to Nebula in the hall.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    Nebula.
                         
          Nebula turns toward her, but she doesn't look her in the eye.
                         
                                             GAMORA (CONT'D)
                    I was just a child. Like you. I was
                    concerned with staying alive until
                    the next day - every day. And I
                    never considered what Thanos was
                    doing to you. I am sorry.
                         
          Nebula nods.
                         
                                             GAMORA (CONT'D)
                    I'm trying to make it right,
                    everything I did.
                                             (MORE)
                                                                                    132
                         
                                             GAMORA (CONT'D)
                    There are little girls like you
                    were - little boys - all over the
                    universe - who are in danger. You
                    can stay with us, and help them.
                         
                                             NEBULA
                    I'll help them by killing Thanos.
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    I don't know if that's possible.
                         
          Nebula shrugs: maybe. She turns to leave. But Gamora grabs
          her, perhaps too roughly. Nebula turns, ready to snap.
                         
          And Gamora EMBRACES her. Nebula does not know how to react.
                         
                                             GAMORA (CONT'D)
                    You'll always be my sister.
                         
          Tears well in Nebula's eyes and, for just a moment, she
          embraces her sister back with one hand...
                         
          Before pushing her away and leaving.
                         
          INT. ECLECTOR CREMATORY - MOMENTS LATER
                         
          The Guardians lift Yondu on the plank. A bulbous and rusty
          crematory is at the center of the room. It doesn't burn with
          fire, but a SWIRLING, VIBRANT COSMIC ENERGY.
                         
          They SLIDE YONDU IN as they watch with sadness and respect as
          his body is enveloped by the sparkling colors. Quill closes
          the door on the crematory.
                         
          As Quill moves away, Kraglin approaches.
                         
                                                KRAGLIN
                    Pete.
                         
          Quill turns toward him. He's holding something.
                         
                                             KRAGLIN (CONT'D)
                    Cap'n found this for you in a
                    junker shop. Said someday you'd
                    come back to the fold.
                         
          Kraglin puts an MP3 player in his hand.
                         
                                             KRAGLIN (CONT'D)
                    It's called a Zune - what everyone
                    listens to on earth nowadays. It's
                    got three hundred songs.
                         
          Quill nods, touched.
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                                             QUILL
                    Wait.
                         
          Quill holds out Yondu's arrow.   Kraglin's lip trembles.
                         
                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    Rocket grabbed the pieces and
                    reassembled them. I think Yondu
                    would want you to have it.
                         
                                             KRAGLIN
                    Thank you... Cap'n.
                         
          EXT. QUADRANT - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Yondu's SPARKLING ASHES ARE BLOWN OUT IN SPURTS FROM THE
          CREMATORY INTO SPACE.
                         
          INT. QUADRANT FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Rocket, Drax, and Mantis are here, watching Yondu's ashes in
          the vacuum of space, SWIRLING almost magically.
                         
          INT. CAPTAIN'S QUARTERS - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Quill sits down on the bed in Yondu's quarters.   He scrolls
          through selections on the Zune.
                         
          He comes to "FATHER AND SON" by CAT STEVENS.
                         
          He PRESSES PLAY.
                         
          He listens. As he does, Groot crawls up onto the bed, and
          then onto his lap.
                         
          Quill offers him one of the ear buds.
                         
          Groot holds it against his ear, amazed by the clarity of
          sound. Quill watches him, hearing the beauty of the song more
          through Groot's face than the music itself.
                         
          And they sit there together, listening to the music, a new
          father and son.
                         
          INT. M-SHIP - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Nebula FLIES AWAY, sad, perhaps regretful, but forcing her
          chin up to brace against what's to come.
                         
          INT. QUADRANT SMALL HALLWAY - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Gamora watches, THROUGH A WINDOW, as Nebula leaves.
                                                                                   134
                         
                         
          INT. QUADRANT FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Rocket sees something by the ashes.   His eyes alight.
                         
                                                ROCKET
                    They came.
                         
          INT. CAPTAIN'S QUARTERS - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Groot sees COLORFUL FLASHING LIGHTS out of the window.   He
          pulls on Quill's shirt to show him.
                         
          They go to get a better view.
                         
          INT. QUADRANT FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Drax and Rocket see Yondu's COSMIC ASHES PULSING AND SWIRLING
          out in space as, one by one, enormous RAVAGER SHIPS arrive
          around them.
                         
          They each FLASH SPECIFIC LIGHT SEQUENCES - and, with all the
          ships together - it looks like fireworks.
                         
                                             DRAX
                    What is it?
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    I sent word to Yondu's old Ravager
                    buddies and told them what he did.
                         
          Quill comes up behind them with Groot, just as Gamora enters.
          Quill smiles.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    It's a Ravager funeral.
                         
          INT. HALLWAY - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Kraglin sees it from here. He SCREAMS with joy, and he slams
          his fist twice against his chest, a Ravager salute.
                         
          I/E. RAVAGER FLIGHT DECK 1 - OUTER SPACE
                         
          STAKAR and Martinex watch him there, moved.
                         
                                             MARTINEX
                    He didn't let us down after all,
                    Cap'n.
                         
                                             STAKAR
                    No, he did not, son. He did not.
                                                                                   135
                         
                         
          I/E. RAVAGER FLIGHT DECK 2 - OUTER SPACE
                         
          CHARLIE-27, an enormous man, is wistful as he salutes.
                         
                                             CHARLIE-27
                    Fare thee well, old friend.
                         
          I/E. RAVAGER FLIGHT DECK 3 - OUTER SPACE
                         
          ALETA is here, tears in her eyes, alcohol in her hand, an ALL-
          FEMALE RAVAGER CREW around her.
                         
                                             ALETA
                    See you in the stars, Yondu Udonta.
                         
          INT. QUADRANT FLIGHT DECK - OUTER SPACE
                         
          And the Guardians all watch, enchanted by the majesty.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    He didn't chase `em away.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    No.
                         
                                             ROCKET
                    Even though he yelled at `em.
                         
          Quill shakes his head.
                         
                                             ROCKET (CONT'D)
                    And was always mean.
                         
          Quill shakes his head.
                         
                                             ROCKET (CONT'D)
                    And he stole batteries he didn't
                    need.
                         
          Quill is surprised - what? And then he looks at Rocket, a
          little animal who doesn't know the rules of how to be any
          more than a young boy whose tribe sold him into slavery.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Of course not.
                         
          Baby Groot is on Gamora's shoulder. He reaches for Drax, who
          takes him. Baby Groot YAWNS and nuzzles into Drax's
          shoulder, falling asleep. Drax lovingly pats his back.
                         
          Gamora looks at Drax and Groot, and Rocket, and Mantis,
          taking it all in, this strange family of hers. She turns to
          Quill, staring at him with love.
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                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    What?
                         
                                             GAMORA
                    It's just some unspoken thing.
                         
          Quill wraps his arm around her and she sinks into him.
                         
          Mantis smiles and becomes teary and GASPS, overwhelmed, as
          she looks out the window.
                         
                                             MANTIS
                    It's beautiful.
                         
                                              DRAX
                    It is. And so are you.
                                       (BEAT)
                    On the inside.
                         
          They turn back to the window and they stand there together,
          our Guardians of the Galaxy, watching the Ravager funeral and
          the colorful dust of an old friend dance.
                         
          And the shape of the dust seems to form something very close
          to an ARROW.
                         
          Rocket sees this and he cries.
                         
                              THE END (NOT REALLY)
                         
                         
                         
          RUN CREDITS.
                         
          "SURRENDER" BY CHEAP TRICK PLAYS.
                         
          CREDIT BREAK 1 - INT. ECLECTOR HALLWAY - OUTER SPACE
                         
          SURRENDER is PLAYING HERE. Kraglin has had a version of
          Yondu's fin implanted in his head. He looks nervously down
          at the arrow on the floor.
                         
          He tries to WHISTLE. It just flips around like a dead fish.
                         
          He WHISTLES again, and it FLIES UP, hitting a wall, and falls
          back down again.
                         
          He WHISTLES again, and it ZIPS AWAY.   We HEAR A SCREAM.
                         
          Kraglin looks around the corner where Drax is sitting, the
          ARROW IMPALED in his chest, yelling in agony.
                         
          Kraglin looks around, hoping no one saw him there, and he
          tries to slink away.
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          MORE CREDITS as SURRENDER CHORUS KICKS IN: Mommy's all right,
          Daddy's all right, they just seem a little weird.
                         
          END CREDITS - INT. STAKAR'S SHIP - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Stakar looks sad, serious.
                         
                                             STAKAR
                    It's a shame it takes a tragedy
                    like losing Yondu to bring us all
                    back together. But I think he'd be
                    proud if he knew we were working as
                    a team again.
                         
          Over Stakar we see this incredibly motley crew - MARTINEX,
          CHARLIE-27, ALETA, who is holding MAINFRAME (a robotic head
          in a cage), and the mouthless, wormlike KRUGARR,
                         
                                             STAKAR (CONT'D)
                    What say we steal some shit?
                         
                                                CHARLIE-27
                    In.
                         
                                                MARTINEX
                    Dope.
                         
                                             MAINFRAME
                    I MISSED you guys!
                         
          Krugarr makes a hex symbol and TWO COLORFUL THUMBS-UP BURST
          in front of him.
                         
                                                ALETA
                    Hell. Yes.
                         
          END CREDITS - INT. BIRTHING PODS CHAMBER - DAY
                         
          Ayesha sits on a bench, brooding, disheveled and still
          furious. The Chambermaid cautiously approaches.
                         
                                             CHAMBERMAID
                    High Priestess, the Council is
                    waiting.
                         
                                             AYESHA
                    They are perturbed I have wasted
                    our resources.
                         
          The Chambermaid smiles politely, nods slightly, agreeing in a
          circumspect manner. Ayesha stares across the way.
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                                             AYESHA (CONT'D)
                    When they see what I have created
                    here, their wrath will dissipate,
                    though it will be some time.
                         
          The Chambermaid looks where Ayesha is looking.
                         
                                             CHAMBERMAID
                    That is not just another birthing
                    pod, ma'am?
                         
                                             AYESHA
                    That, my child, is the next step in
                    our evolution: more powerful, more
                    beautiful, and more capable of
                    destroying the Guardians of the
                    Galaxy.
                         
          A large, human-sized cocoon stands where Ayesha stares.
                         
                                             AYESHA (CONT'D)
                    I think I shall call him... `Adam'.
                         
          BOX OVER CREDITS - INT. GROOT'S BEDROOM - OUTER SPACE
                         
          Quill is standing in the bedroom doorway, looking down.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    Dude, seriously, you got to clean
                    up your room. It's a complete mess.
                         
          We REVEAL a gawky ADOLESCENT GROOT, hunched over, playing a
          video game, in this very messy room.
                         
                                             ADOLESCENT GROOT
                    I am Groot.
                         
                                             QUILL
                    I'm not boring, man. You're boring.
                    Once I got stuck on a planet where
                    everyone was just lines and dots. I
                    had to use geometry to get out of
                    prison. Is that boring?
                         
          Adolescent Groot shakes his head in disdain.
                         
                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    You know what's boring? Not doing
                    the dishes. What's boring is me
                    tripping over your vines
                    everywhere.
                         
          Adolescent Groot SIGHS.
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                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    Drax and I switched pants in the
                    middle of that party last weekend.
                    For no reason other than we're
                    awesome and very much not boring.
                         
          Quill starts to walk away then comes back.
                         
                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    Once I got a venereal disease that
                    made me float for three days...
                    Don't tell Gamora... it's dormant,
                    but... If that's boring then, I
                    guess I'm boring.
                         
          He looks at him.
                         
                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    I'm not boring.
                         
          Groot ROLLS HIS EYES and makes an exasperated sound.
                         
                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    What's boring is when you roll your
                    eyes like that at me and make an
                    exasperated sound like I'm an old,
                    boring, stupid idiot.
                         
          Quill thinks.
                         
                                             QUILL (CONT'D)
                    Now I know how Yondu felt.
                         
          Quill begins to CRY.
                         
                                                QUILL (CONT'D)
                    Yondu.
                         
                         
                         
          CUT TO BLACK.
                         
                                                      THE END
                           


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2



Writers :   James Gunn
Genres :   Action  Adventure  Comedy


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