Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies.
I’ve posted a lot of Guardians of the Galaxy since we got our first glimpse of it, and that’s not about to stop now. Today we’ve got three “final” trailers for the film, the first of which is actually a “viral” commercial for a Galaxy Getaways, while the second and the third are “extended looks” at the film. At this point, I doubt they could show us much more of the movie without delving into serious spoilers, and even some of these may be pushing the limit of how much people want to know before they see a film. They also give us a much better glimpse at the emotions and the characters of the film, along with several more complete scenes instead of just isolated clips. But let’s start with Galaxy Getaways
“Some of the most beautiful destinations on Earth look like $#@& compared to the rest of the galaxy.” There’s nothing story- or character-wise to be learned from this teaser, but there are some interesting visuals. This first one is at least pretty:
There’s a glimpse of what seems to be the Collector’s (Benicio Del Toro) collection:
Those who stayed through the credits of Thor: The Dark World already got a glimpse of this location when Lady Sif and Volstagg visited the Collector to entrust the Aether to him. I don’t know that the Aether will make another appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, but the Collector certainly will.
This quick little glimpse shows us what looks like Groot, Drax, Gamora and Rocket watching some sort of event involving animals. Perhaps the galactic version of cockfighting?
Clearly more of the visual effects are finished on the film, and this was as good a way as any to show them off.
The teaser ends with a link to www.thegalaxygetaways.com and the hashtag #YOUREWELCOME, which I still find hilarious. The Galaxy Getaways site is a fun, silly little thing, where you can plan a galactic trip and explore potential destinations. You can also enter your address and see a satellite view of your house and watch the shadow of a spaceship come to pick you up and take you somewhere.
This trailer gives us a bit more to sink our teeth into, although it hits some of the same action beats as the previous trailers. Unlike previous trailers, it has no 80’s rock ‘n roll soundtrack backing it, instead opting with a dramatic orchestral score. Perhaps they’re trying to show that there’s a serious side to the film as well as a goofy, funny side.
“I was only a kid when I left Earth, and I had no idea what the universe had in store for me.” We see a young Peter Quill in the 80’s running out of a building, only to be met by something out of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
What was Quill running from, and why of all kids was he chosen for a galactic journey? Who is in the spaceship? What do they want with Quill? Why choose a child? I imagine we’ll get some, but probably not all, of the answers to these questions in the film, but until then we’ll have to get by with a neat cut from young Peter Quill to Christopher Pratt.
Both this “Extended Look” and the next show us a bit more of the main antagonist of the film, Ronan the Accuser, played by Lee Pace.
Whatever he’s up to in this ritualistic setting, it can’t be good.
I’m not sure if this destruction is related to Ronan or not. It looks like a crashed ship, and considering that everyone around the site has a weapon, my guess is they’re soldiers. It’s probably just as likely that they’re looking for one or all of the Guardians rather than Ronan.
Nothing really to say about this shot, except that James Gunn really likes his hero shots, because we get a good one of Rocket Raccoon in the second extended look (seen at the top of this post).
There’s a bit near the end of this first look where Quill tells the group that he has part of a plan, only to be laughed at by Rocket with a possibly fake laugh, but we’ll save that for the 2nd part, which gives a longer look at the scene.
What we do get that’s unique in this first trailer is a funny little scene where Rocket is building a bomb, which freaks Quill out. Rocket reassures him that he was going to put the bomb in a box, but for some reason Quill doesn’t find that comforting. Quill seems like he’s the group’s mother in some ways, particularly with Rocket’s muttered reply, “You just wanna suck the joy out of everything.”
“I look around and you know what I see? Losers. I mean, like, folks who have lost stuff. Our homes, our families, and we’re facing a threat that can destroy us all. If we’re going to save the galaxy we’re gonna have to do it together. Partners.” This second trailer gives us a better glimpse of the stakes our heroes will be facing in the film, both dramatic and emotional. Also, the rock ‘n roll is back, this time with “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways.
We see a lot of Ronan the Accuser this time around:
We see what is probably his ship, looking dark and ominous:
That last picture shows Karen Gillan’s Nebula working with Ronan, which is no surprise to fans of the comics.
We get a look at Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, who appears to be showing the Guardians something, perhaps giving them some intel on Ronan’s plans. My first impression is that The Collector is sort of a rogue agent in the galaxy, with no loyalties except to himself.
We get some action, from what seems to be a prison escape sequence. Rocket asks skeptically, “Why would you want to save the galaxy?”
“Because I’m one of the idiots who live in it!” Quill answers. We then see what looks like part of a confrontation between Ronan and the Guardians.
“I will destroy you and your world,” Ronan threatens.
“First you gotta go through us!” Rocket replies.
At this point we’ve seen a lot of Guardians of the Galaxy. We know there’s a prison break sequence, but I’m still curious where this occurs in the film. At first it seemed like it might be at the beginning, but now I’m not as sure, considering we see Rocket telling the other prisoners “We’re the frickin’ guardians of the galaxy.”
“I’m with them,” Quill adds, rather lamely.
This trailer ends with the scene we got a peek at in the first extended look, but this time we get to see much more of the scene. Quill tells the group, “I have a plan. I have part of a plan.” Drax asks him how much, and he replies, “I don’t know, 12%” Rocket laughs at that, and they have a debate about whether Rocket’s laugh is real or fake. (Considering Rocket is something of a science experiment, I imagine he’s not the most emotionally stable or predictable guy.)
Then comes an awesome exchange that explains Groot a bit more to audiences who aren’t familiar with him. After Rocket objects to Quill’s 12% of a plan, Groot responds to him with the only words he knows how to say, “I am Groot.” But the thing is that Groot is actually saying much more, it’s just that his language is so subtle that everything comes out sounding in English like “I am Groot.” Obviously he commented on the plan, because Rocket replies with “So what it’s better than 11%, what the hell does that have to do with anything?” And then Groot does this:
Yep, Groot seems to be eating part of himself, or at least something that has grown on his arm.
It’s obvious that I’m excited about Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel has yet to let me down with its Cinematic Universe, and Guardians looks to be its most unique film yet. Considering that the last Marvel film changed the MCU as we know it, with all of the developments at SHIELD, and that the next film in the series is Avengers: Age of Ultron coming in May, I think Guardians of the Galaxy is perfectly positioned to give things a break between the drama of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the huge event that is the next Avengers movie. In the meantime, Agents of SHIELD will continue the story of things a little closer to home, but Guardians allows the Marvel team to stretch their wings a bit, branching out in all directions in setting, story and tone. It’s starting to look like it will be a rip-roaring, funny, quirky, epic action spectacular, and I can’t wait to hop on the ride in just a few weeks.
What do you think? Are you glad Guardians of the Galaxy is almost here? Do these longer teasers make your more excited for or interested in the film, or do you wish they’d show less and keep more surprises? How do you think the film will tie into Avengers: Age of Ultron, if at all? (Supposedly, it will have a bigger impact on Avengers 3, which will presumably include Thanos.) Do you like seeing more of the group dynamic in the trailers? Am I crazy for already being a huge fan of Groot? Let me know in the comments!