After the success of The Avengers in 2012, Marvel Studios launched Phase 2 of their cinematic universe with Iron Man 3 in 2013. Phase 2 concluded this year with Ant-Man and the studio is gearing up to launch their third phase with Captain America: Civil War next spring. Though the majority of Phase 2 featured new installments in franchises established in Phase 1 focusing on members of the Avengers, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy introduced Marvel fans and casual moviegoers to the team of outer space outlaws.
Some of the film’s funniest moments came from the ever-literal Drax the Destroyer’s (Dave Bautista) misunderstanding of sarcasm and metaphors, especially in tense scenes between him and Peter Quill a.k.a Star-Lord (Chris Pratt). A new video of a screen-test between the actors gives us a new look at one of these scenes.
Yahoo released the video (below) of Star-Lord attempting to convince Drax not to kill Gamora – who doesn’t appear but would later be played by Zoe Saldana. The clip features some improv between Pratt and Bautista, joking about Aaskvarian girls, and devolving into laughter. Plus, the costuming of Star-Lord and makeup of Drax are earlier versions of what would eventually appear in the final cut of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Take a look at the screen test:
The scene was revealed ahead of the release of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two Collection, which features DVDs of Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man along with fun memorabilia and never-before-scene footage. Earlier this week Marvel released a deleted scene of Loki from Thor: The Dark World. This screen test of Pratt and Bautista will be included with the Guardians of the Galaxy special features in the collection.
Of course unlike the Loki clip, the Pratt and Bautista screen test doesn’t add any particular context to their characters, especially since the scene was cut down, retooled, and punched up with the inclusion of Drax’s lackey and Gamora. The scene is a longer and more subdued version of what would eventually appear in Guardians of the Galaxy, with the punchline of Star-Lord mimicking slicing his throat only confusing Drax more tempered than the joke in the final cut of the film.
The skeleton of the final scene can be seen within in this screen test, but the entertaining aspect of it comes from Pratt and Bautista’s humor. Though Drax becomes the overly-literal straight man to Star-Lord’s sarcasm and jokes, it seems Bautista is not as immune to Pratt’s humorous improvisations. The screen test will surely entertain fans of the film who wish to see more of a behind-the-scenes look at the actors and it gives Marvel fans a hint of what to expect from the additional footage featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two Collection.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two Collection releases December 8, 2015, available exclusively from Amazon.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.