'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Stars: How They Looked in High School

It’s been two-and-a-half years since Guardians of the Galaxy rocketed into theaters — and moviegoers’ hearts — with its winning blend of intergalactic superhero action and comedic bickering. Moviegoers will get plenty more of the franchise’s trademark mayhem and mirth beginning today, with the premiere of its highly anticipated sequel, Vol. 2. And while little has changed about the cast since we last saw them, stepping back a bit further into the cast’s pasts illustrates just how far they’ve come since their pre-celebrity days. Consider it a Then and Now gallery of, um, galactic proportions.

Chris Pratt

Star-Lord himself, Chris Pratt, was all neck (and a haircut that, um, maybe hasn’t aged well) in his 1997 senior-year photo from Lake Stevens (Wash.) High School. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library/Getty Images)

Zoe Saldana

The future Gamora, Zoe Saldana, had her pursed-lip smile down pat in her 1997 senior year photo from Newtown High School in Elmhurst, N.Y. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library/Getty Images)

Bradley Cooper

Even in his 1993 senior yearbook photo from Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pa., Bradley Cooper — aka the voice of Rocket — had perfected his slicked-back hairstyle. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library/Getty Images)

Vin Diesel

Baby Groot (aka Vin Diesel, aka Mark Vincent) still had a full head of hair in this 1985 senior yearbook photo from New York City’s Anglo American School. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library/Getty Images)

Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell — who plays Star-Lord’s dad Ego, the living planet in Vol. 2 — was ready to play ball in this 1968 photo from his junior year at Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High School. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library/Getty Images)

Michael Rooker

Michael Rooker (Yondu) cuts a stout figure in this freshman-year photo from Wells High School in Chicago (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library/Getty Images)

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone hardly looked like a man ready to be Rocky (or a participant in Vol. 2’s interstellar adventure) in his clean-cut 1965 senior photo at Devereaux-Manor Hall School in Devon, Pa.
(Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library/Getty Images)

Stan Lee

Stan Lee didn’t yet have a mustache back in his 1939 senior year photo from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, N.Y., but he did look ready to conquer the world — or, more specifically, to help build a universe.
(Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library/Getty Images)