New images from Kick-Ass 2 featuring Chloë Grace Moretz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jim Carrey, Morris Chestnut and John Leguizamo

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Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit, Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) do-it-yourself vigilante bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as the super-villain The Motherf%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation.

When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young masked hero Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do with their shared calling, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes.

Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, a new self-proclaimed super-villain, The Motherf%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.

Jeff Wadlow wrote and directed Kick-Ass 2, which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Iain Glen, Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Rob Archer, Lindy Booth, Clark Duke, Yancy Butler, Ella Purnell, Steven Mackintosh, Augustus Prew, Claudia Lee, Daniel Kaluuya and Andy Nyman.

The film hits theaters on August 16th. Check out the images from Kick-Ass 2, below.