GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY TRAILER
I’ve been waiting for this for what feels like an age and now it’s finally here, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy trailer is out and it is… not what I was expecting.
There is almost no semblance of plot in this thing at all. Though that’s not a problem, as I didn’t expect there to be. What I did expect was a greater sense of who each of the central characters are. I figured each character would get an introduction (above and beyond John C. Reilly simply saying their names) and then, oh I don’t know, they’d get a line or two of dialogue. Instead, Gamora gets to smirk, Drax gets to flex, Rocket gets to spit, and Groot gets to… stand. Star-Lord gets the most attention, as he should do being the audience’s gateway character into this nutso corner of the universe, and Chris Pratt looks like he’s having a lot of fun. But I thought the trailer would push the disparate personalities of this rag tag group of self proclaimed Guardians onto the audience to really make an impression.
What Marvel has opted to do, instead of focus on plot specifics or character beats, is show us the movie’s tone.
And the more you think about it the more that makes perfect sense. The reason the Marvel movies have yet to suffer any fatigue is because each instalment is wildly different from every other of their offerings. Even the sequels are different beasts to the originals, Iron Man 3 is nothing like Iron Man 1, and The Winter Soldier looks nothing like The First Avenger. Each of the Marvel movies genre hop and have their own unique tone and feel. It’s the fact that each entry is uniquely its own animal that keeps the audiences flocking to the theatres. So of course the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer is going to zone in on that. Thor already brought us creatures from other worlds, so Guardians needs to show us it isn’t just more of the same. It’s an 80’s-esque action-comedy space opera with it’s paws firmly planted in weird.
As initially surprised as I was with the direction the trailer took, I couldn’t help but smile ear to ear once Hooked on a feeling kicked in. The film looks like nothing Marvel has done before, which at this point is all it needs to show.