guardians of the galaxy vol. 2

The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer arrived a few days ago, following hot on the heels of a brisk sneak preview that had been assembled to play in theaters with Doctor Strange. And as you’d expect from any second preview, the new batch of footage is longer, more polished and full of more shots to overly examine, should that be your unhealthy hobby.

Well, it’s my unhealthy hobby. Let’s go through this thing frame-by-frame.

guardians of the galaxy vol. 2

The welcome trend in Marvel trailers (and one that has started leaking into other studios’ previews as well) is just how little the footage actually gives away when you actually break everything down. The days of movie trailers essentially acting as the entire movie on fast-forward appear to be blissfully coming to an end! Case in point: this location, which looks like some kind of reactor or (if my Star Trek radar is operating properly) some kind of transportation platform. A great deal of the new trailer is set around this location and while it was glimpsed in the first teaser, we now have a better sense of whether it is – having high above what looks like a major city.

guardians of the galaxy vol. 2

Ah, this beastie. Those who have been following Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 should already be familiar with this big guy, noted by James Gunn as an abilisk. He was teased in some concept art and further teased in the footage our own Angie Han saw at Comic-Con, which featured a scene set in this very location:

We then see the Guardians in a giant glowing circle with spheres surrounding them. Something serious is about to go down. Star-Lord and Gamora begin their usual petty (and funny) bickering about her weapon of choice, a rifle rather than her usual sword. “We’ve been hired to stop an inter-dimensional beast, and I’m going to stop it with a sword?” she says. “You’re the one who’s being inconsistent!” he protests.

But the arguing stops when a giant portal opens in the distance and something — perhaps a ship or a creature — comes through. “Showtime, assholes,” says Peter.

io9 later reported that it is Elizabeth Debicki’s Ayesha who hires the crew to deal with this threat…although she later evolves into one of the film’s villains:

Ayesha is this leader of the Sovereign people. She enlists the Guardians to help her fight a sort of galactical beast. They’re this sort of ragtag bunch of people but they happen to be very good at getting rid of things and cleaning up the universe, in a way. So she enlists them and it’s all going swimmingly until it all turns very very sour. Let’s just say it goes from amiable to not-so-amiable quite quickly.

One more thing: note Star-Lord battling the creature from the sky using a jetpack, a much-needed upgrade from the first film. And one more thing: the amount of shots we’ve seen from this scene suggests that this is an act one set piece, if not the opening scene.

guardians of the galaxy vol. 2

Here’s the second location we return to quite frequently: some kind of rocky, cavernous planet full of small spaceships that seem to have it out for the Guardians. We will return here.

guardians of the galaxy vol. 2

And here we are, back at that first location with all of those glowing spheres and/or portals. And here is Drax doing what he does best – literally jumping face first into battle with no regard for his own safety. There’s a little pay-off for this moment later in the trailer.

guardians of the galaxy vol. 2

Meet Baby Groot. Holy effing crap. He’s so adorable I can’t even effing swear around him. Unlike most of the other Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, which tend to take place in “real time” with about two years passing between between solo adventures, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 takes places only months later, so the newly regrown Groot is very much a curious toddler. They are going to make. So. Much. Money.

guardians of the galaxy vol. 2

I know I can’t speak for every human in existence, but I’m happy to know that there’s a major Hollywood franchise that can build a large piece of its trailer around a genetically modified raccoon trying to convince a tiny tree baby to not accidentally set of an explosive device. That’s weird and adorable and it just makes me happy, darn it. Don’t swear in front of Baby Groot.

guardians of the galaxy vol. 2

So. Much. Money.

guardians of the galaxy vol. 2

We actually saw this same shot from the first teaser, but I’m including it here because it reveals a third planet/location from the film: a forest that the Milano has touched down in. The fact that Drax is carrying a few large packs suggests that they have a hike ahead of them.

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