Guardians of the Galaxy GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – Stakes Defined And Fun Preserved In New International Trailer written by Sean Gerber June 17, 2014 Marvel has released the second international trailer for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, giving us our best look yet at the full scope of the film. Watch the trailer, then hit the jump for more on what was shown. For the first time, we catch a glimpse of Peter Quill’s backstory, which involves him leaving Earth as a child. As the only (half) human character on the team, Quill (Chris Pratt) will be called upon to emotionally ground the film, at least in the early going. His troubled childhood and the genuine inspiration behind the mix tape that is his only possession from his home planet should help endear him to audiences. While antagonist Ronan the Accuser remains relatively hidden, this trailer does a much better job than the U.S. trailers have when it comes to defining what’s at stake in this film. It’s not so much about what is said as the tone that is set by the music and line delivery. There’s a real danger hear and the fun is appropriately placed on hold for a minute. The comedy comes roaring back, though, as we hear more from Rocket (Bradley Cooper) than ever before. His debates with Quill were hilarious highlights of the 2008 Dan Abnett/Andy Lanning GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY comics, which inspired much of this film. It is wonderful to know and now see that those conversations will be taking place in live-action. Rocket may feel like Quill sucks the joy out of everything, but GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is going to infuse a whole lot of joy into theaters on August 1, 2014. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – Stakes Defined And Fun Preserved In New International Trailer was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Guardians of the GalaxyMarvelMarvel Cinematic Universe 16 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post Report- Jason Momoa Will Play Aquaman In BATMAN V SUPERMAN next post A Return To Generation Nerd! You may also like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Meet A New... August 22, 2016 The Secret’s Out- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY... July 20, 2014 Hot Toys Goes Deadly With Gamora From... August 8, 2014 Feel The Spirit Of GUARDIANS OF THE... May 19, 2014 James Gunn To Give Star-Lord A New... August 12, 2014 Lee Pace Describes His Psychotic GOTG Role October 12, 2013 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Earns $11.2 Million... August 1, 2014 New Batch Of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY... July 1, 2014 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Named ‘Best Action... January 15, 2015 Get Away With GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY! July 3, 2014 Robert Reineke I’ll be contrarian on this one, but I think Rocket saves this trailer from being a generic, CGI-fest with a bunch of unfamiliar spaceships, with no focal point of action, flying around randomly with random explosions and CGI energy blasts. Other than our intrepid group of wiseass adventurers, it’s hard to make heads or tails of what’s going on in the action scenes. Nothing in the action looks like James Gunn directed this with personality, but rather that it was turned over to CGI pre-viz by committee. Of course, that’s the issue with out of context special effects sequences in this CGI age. It doesn’t mean that the action part of the trailer looks bad, but it’s virtually indistinguishable from every other space battle we’ve seen since ROTJ. And the trailer is lacking the context to make these space battles seem less than random. One of the great things about Star Wars is that the action is given context and shape, fly to this trench and then try to hit a small port with a torpedo. But, Rocket is clearly going to be one of the stars of the film. I wish there was more of him and less generic CGI space action. To me, this is easily the worst of the trailers and it downplays what makes GotG unique and instead emphasizes what makes it like every other space adventure. Michael Lalaian In all seriousness, the lack of classic rock really stood out in this trailer as something about the tone and pacing just falls apart without it. The best part of the whole thing was the banter at the end. stock I actually think the CGI explosions etc look more cartoonish here than in any Star Wars film. That said, I don’t care if the trailers are that great, as long as the movie is. I’m getting a Magnificent 7/Dirty Dozen feel out of this, and for me, that’s a good thing. As long as all the characters, unlike, say the latest XMen movie, get fleshed out enough to be real characters. But does Drax talk? I don’t think I’ve heard him say a word in any trailer so far. I know he’s the silent type, but I think he can talk. etourist It’s not my favorite GotG trailer but I think in context with previous trailers the time is right to start showing there’s a more serious side to the film. On its own it does look a little generic but the banter at the end saves it. Nice to get an ‘I am Groot’ in the context of a conversation too. Robert Reineke The banter has been consistently good and fun. Don’t get me wrong, I’m well on board with what the film is trying to be. And, I don’t want to discount what we’ve seen of the characters to date. But, I want to see that wit and creativity applied to the action scenes as well. I don’t want a witty adventure comedy spliced with generic space action scenes that take themselves very seriously. Now, context is important and trailers are notorious for leaving out context. But, the only real action gag they’ve sold so far is that there’s a raccoon with a gun, which isn’t really funny in context once you accept Rocket as a character. Maybe there’s a bunch left out of the trailers, to date, bridging that divide between comedy and serious action. But, I don’t want it to end up a film where James Gunn directed all the character interaction and it looks like he just handed it over to the pre-viz folks for the action. etourist I’ve never really seen the raccoon with a gun as a gag. To me it’s just a cool idea that looks bad-ass. Rocket doesn’t come across as a joke character. He’s just a character with some very funny lines and a lot of attitude. I’m fairly confident James Gunn will have plenty of witty banter and comedy during the action scenes too. From what I understand of these characters Rocket and Peter and pretty competitive. At this point it’s almost becoming too much of a spoiler to see more new footage in these trailers. I would rather not have been shown scenes from Peter’s back story ahead of the film – even though I’ve read about it in the comics. I’m kind of glad we haven’t seen too much of the villains and hope it stays that way. I also think It would be just awful if we knew the context for many of the action sequences being strung together… probably wouldn’t need to see the film if we did. Robert Reineke When I’m asking for context, I’m mainly asking how the space battles in GotG are differentiating themselves from every other space battle we’ve seen since Star Wars and how it fits in with the character stuff we’ve already seen. I’m not asking for spoilers necessarily, but a consistent whole. Obviously the movie will have to answer those questions, but I do believe in the axiom that “action is character”. GotG needs to be as individual and idiosyncratic in the action scenes as it is in the character scenes. I don’t see that. Yet. It may be there in the final film, but that’s one of the main challenges for the filmmakers, making sure that all parts of the film mesh. etourist Does it really need to differentiate it’s space battles from every other movie? Personally I think it already has but whether it needs to I’m not so sure… though you do have Starlord exiting a sticky situation with personal rocket packs… that seems fairly different as an action sequence… and the raccoon is flying a spaceship out of some fairly intense looking action… what other action movie has that? Come on, Rocket wouldn’t look too out of place in an Expendables (in space) line up at this point – and he could translate whatever Stallone’s lines are! In the context of the MCU we haven’t seen this much of a space battle before – though we’ve been close I think. In that respect it’s new ground for MCU films. Outside of that I still think the characters are the strongest selling point for mainstream audiences. People, who might not ordinarily see this kind of sci-fi action flick are getting hooked on at least one or two fairly original characters in the lead roles. Those people probably haven’t seen too many space battles anyway so the one in GotG will be new to them. Robert Reineke I figure everyone that has any interest in GotG has at least seen Star Wars. And, I think every movie has to differentiate itself, to some degree, from what has come before to avoid being a retread. Which, I’m not saying GotG is. They could be saving a bunch of neat ideas and surprises in action for the movie itself. Heck, X-Men: DOFP disguised the Quicksilver sequence in their commercials. But, if I have a concern about the film based on the commercials, that’s it. OB Hey Guys, As much as I love this website, probably my favorite superhero media site, don’t you feel you’re going a little too hard on GOTG? Every other post daily is about this movie. Not trying to be negative, but is one of you, like, a super-huge fan of this incoming flick? What’s deal with all this love? Spread it out some, son! Michael Lalaian You’re right, they should totally do multiple podcasts on Ant-Man and Batman V. Superman instead. Oh wait. Sorry, my mom always told me that sarcasm is the lowest form of humor. That was not nice of me. But on a serious note, a film like this needs support. Batman will come out and make a billion dollars. But if you’ve followed the site, one of its MOs is the promoting the prospering and health of the genre. Showing something like Guardians more support fits into that very well. Besides… it’s not like they made something up, there really IS a new trailer, so they posted it. Robert Reineke We’re in the full on final marketing push, so there’s going to be a lot of new material for GotG on at least a weekly basis from here on out. And probably another US trailer soon. By mid-August, it will all disappear. Heck, the time between when GotG opens and before television premieres occur, may be a pretty fallow period when you wonder where all the news is. Plus, you don’t have to click on the link. FWIW, I promise that there will be something different on the site on Sunday rather than the topics that have been covered a lot. David Rosen Loved this trailer! I for one was happy with the change in tone, and music. This movie is going to have different tones and different times and so far, these trailers reflect that I don’t want a 2 hour classic rock fueled space comedy that pokes fun of itself. With a movie that is going cosmic, and the fate of the galaxy in the balance, the stakes are going to get pretty damn high and our characters are going to need to get serious at some point. Just like in Iron Man, there was plenty of comedy in that movie, but when it was time to play hero, Tony knew when to put on his serious face. I imagine this will be the same. There will be plenty of jokes and funny banter, but eventually, the group is going to be serious and when that happens, yes, the tone is going to darken just a little. I am not worried about this movie and can’t wait for it to come out. OB Fair enough fellas, my bad… Maybe I’m just not a big fan of Marvel in general, let alone one of their lesser known products, such as GOTG. Like I said, didn’t mean to sound negative, I’ve just got a huge Batman boner right now. (Well, always.) But anyway, I appreciate the whole superhero market push, without it, the whole genre is effed. Plus, to be completely honest I am going to see the film, if for no other reason than to see whatever leads up to Avengers 2, which I’m totally psyched about! Robert Reineke FWIW, if there’s something out there that we’re not covering, we’re certainly open to suggestions. Michael Lalaian I’m pretty sure 2016 will be Batman world around here, which is fine with me! I’m a self proclaimed “Marvel Guy” who’s favorite superhero ever is Batman. Go figure.