Seriously, James Gunn?
You had an opportunity to do “I am your father”, and you didn’t take it?
Fair enough—you probably don’t want to draw too much attention to the similarities between Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars.
There’s a new trailer for the sequel to the hit Marvel eighties nostalgia space opera, and the best way to describe it is to simply note that it’s more of the same.
More wacky humor, more classic rock, more colorful explosions and spaceships and guns and lasers and stuff.
It’s a lot of fun.
Now, it’s important to note the true purpose of this trailer.
This is not designed to give us a sense of the movie’s plot. It’s not intended to show off any of the action setpieces from the movie, and it most certainly isn’t dropping any spoilers—even, necessarily, for jokes that make it into the final cut.
This footage is very heavily edited. Pay attention to characters’ lips as they speak, and you’ll note how much of this has been dubbed for the trailer.
See, James Gunn really isn’t a fan of movie trailers that give away what’s actually in a movie. If he had his way, there wouldn’t be any trailers for Guardians Vol 2 at all. We’d all rock up in theaters and be surprised that our heroes are fighting one of those monsters that Han Solo was transporting in The Force Awakens.
But as that’s not an option, we get trailers like this—promos which are designed to be as vague as possible. Gunn has noted that there are jokes in these trailers that aren’t in the final movie, because what’s the point in telling the same joke twice?
So as you watch this trailer, as with the other trailers for Guardians 2, bear this in mind: what we’re getting here, is the movie’s B-roll.
Gunn isn’t wasting the good stuff in the trailers. He’s deliberately offering up his cast-offs and deleted scenes, so that the actual reveal of the jokes and fun stuff feels fresher when we get to see the whole movie.
We’ve also not seen anything yet that takes place in the second half of the movie. Everything here is from early on, because that way, a trailer can’t drop a Doomsday-level spoiler on audiences, and ruin everything up to that point as viewers wait impatiently for the cool stuff to begin.
So, in other words, no matter how fun this trailer might be, the best stuff is being saved for the final film.
Considering how enjoyable these trailers are, that’s pretty darn exciting.