In Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, we see long-distance space travel. It involves piloting your ship into some sort of "jump point" that opens up in space, taking the shape of a honeycomb-like structure with a single hex missing.

The way it's describe, these points are fixed in space: early in the movie, the Guardians have to out-run an enemy fleet to reach the one they need; later on, we see them fly through a very long series of them in sequence. It's also made clear that doing too many of these "jumps" in a row has consequences for the passengers.

The process seems to be similar to, say, the Mass Effect relay setup, mixed with a bit of Star Wars hyperspace travel.

Is this the first time we have seen long-distance space travel in the MCU? Is there anything from the source material that explains how this works from a logistical standpoint? If there's any information on the "science" behind it, that would also be helpful.

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    You can also do it with a rainbow bridge. You don’t even need a go-kart for that one. May 6 '17 at 17:55
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    @PaulD.Waite true, but I'm specifically curious about how "travel by spaceship" works.
    – KutuluMike
    May 6 '17 at 20:39

I'm not so sure about this but the space travel shown in the movie resembles the Stargates created in the Shi'ar Galaxy in the Marvel Comics. These are a network of devices that stabilize wormholes making intergalactic travel possible. In the comics, Xandar has this technology because of their alliance with the Shi'ar.

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