Yesterday, Marvel’s upcoming interstellar adventure Guardians of the Galaxy released a badass new extended trailer. And for those of you lucky enough to be in attendance, they also showed off an epic 17-minutes worth of footage from the film in theaters—it was apparently quite a good time and just made everyone even more excited to see the movie. For most mere-mortal movies, that would be more than enough for a week, let alone a two-day span, but they weren’t done, oh no. Now they’ve dropped a brand new TV spot for your enjoyment. At this point it just feels a little bit like they’re bragging.
It’s impressive, given the sheer promotional output that the studio has unleashed for this film, that none of the teasers, trailers, or TV ads feel overly similar. Sure, some of the posters have gotten a bit samey, but there’s only so many ways that you can arrange five people. But this commercial takes a different approach than the others that have come before.
We know that the core of the story revolves around an unlikely crew of criminals and outlaws who have to come together to save the galaxy. They include Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). The plot involves a stolen orb that most of us suspect is one of the Infinity Gems, and the primary villain is the Kree warrior Ronan the Accuser, played by Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug).
Each of the key characters gets a quick introduction, complete with a bit of the film’s already familiar sarcastic humor, but this time around there is also much more attention paid to Ronan, who he is, and what he is capable of doing. The prospect of facing off with Ronan certainly has Glenn Close’s Nova Prime Rael shaking in her boots, calling him an unstoppable force. But one thing we’ve learned from movies is that there is no unstoppable force that can’t, in fact, be stopped. It just takes a special, unusual group to do it, and from what we’ve seen, the Guardians may be just such a team. In reality, they’re probably far too stupid to know what they’re up against and that they shouldn’t be able to win. Ignorance, in this case, may save the day in the end. If nothing else, you walk away with a much better idea of what the heroes are up against.
While the team is made up of members from various corners of the galaxy, Star-Lord, also known as Peter Jason Quill, is from our neck of the woods, hailing from Earth. Well, maybe he’s from an alternate comic book universe Earth, his version, where they protect their weak, doesn’t sound exactly like our world, where we pretty much just throw them to the wolves and let them fend for themselves. Still, it’s nice to see a familiar face roaming the depths of deep space.
In case you missed it, here is the extended trailer.
Guardians of the Galaxy opens everywhere August 1.