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The Force Awakens Trailer Collides With Guardians, Goes Retro, And Gets Bay-ified

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Guardians of the Galaxy proved all the naysayers wrong and became one of the highest grossing films of the year, currently sitting at $772 million worldwide. It also helped make big-screen space operas cool again, with that momentum set to continue with the upcoming Star Wars films (and, hopefully, the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending won’t suck). In a lot of ways, Guardians was a better Star Wars movie than any of the prequels, but what would Star-Lord and company look like if slathered with some more direct Star Wars trappings? Check out YouTuber Bobby Burns’ mashup of Guardians and Star Wars to see for yourself.

The Guardians/Star Wars mashup combines footage from Marvel’s epic space opera with audio from the recently released Star Wars: The Force Awakened teaser. The results aren’t perfect — having Ronan the Accuser don his headpiece to the sound of a lightsaber igniting is a strange choice — but John Williams’ epic score pretty much makes anything awesome. It’s a testament to how well director James Gunn combined the Guardians action with the throwback rock of Star-Lord’s Walkman playlist that, as epic as Williams’ music is, I still found myself pining for Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling.” Ronan’s angry speech does make a serviceable replacement for Andy Serkis’ creepy Force Awakens voiceover though.

All in all, it’s a reminder that Guardians has set a new bar for big-screen science fiction that embraces a sense of pure fun — something the Star Wars prequels strayed from quite a bit, among their other sins. Hopefully the Disney era of Star Wars will prove to be just as thrilling, hilarious, and just plain entertaining.

Next up is a great recut of the Force Awakens trailer itself. YouTuber Denver Jackson has tweaked it to create a retro version in line with the trailers for the original Star Wars films. In addition to degrading the quality and shuffling things around a bit, he includes the voiceover from one of the Return of the Jedi trailers. Maybe this is what things would have looked like if George Lucas had actually gotten around to making Episodes VII – IX back in the day.

Last but certainly not least, here’s the “Michael Bay version” of the Force Awakens trailer, courtesy of Late Night Chimichanga. Kaboom!

Is it wrong that I kind of like the flaming lightsaber?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit theaters on December 18, 2015.

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