Marvel has released two new clips from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to showcase the film’s action and humor. In just a couple of weeks (as of this writing), the highly-anticipated sequel will debut in theaters, getting a typically packed summer movie season off to a rousing start. Early reactions to the film have been universally positive, with many claiming Vol. 2 exceeds the already great expectations and is one of the best installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fans still have a little ways to wait before seeing the blockbuster for themselves, but the marketing campaign has done an excellent job of teasing what’s in store.
As the studio comes down the home stretch in advertising, they’ve started to release clips to further drum up the hype train. Just yesterday, a snippet of a scene featuring Star-Lord and Gamora sharing a dance made its way online, and now some other elements of Guardians 2 are being highlighted. Two new bits highlight the spectacle of the space opera, as well as the property’s now-trademark brand of comedy.
The first video (watch it above) is more or less an extended look at a sequence from the original Vol. 2 teaser trailer, where Rocket gives Baby Groot the controls to a bomb. Despite being repeatedly told to not push the “death button,” the troublesome toddler can barely resist the temptation to blow everyone up, putting his friend on edge. In the second (which is below), the team finds themselves in a large-scale space battle as Sovereign ships attempt to destroy them in retaliation for Rocket stealing some of their batteries. In addition to the action, the clip puts a spotlight on the bantering between the characters as Rocket and Star-Lord argue about the former’s altruistic intentions. Dave Bautista, who stole the show with his comedic timing in the first Guardians, gets another funny moment here as well.
Perhaps the best part about the clips is that they do not really give anything about the movie away and preserve the spoilers. Hollywood promotion is always a slippery slope, since sometimes studios reveal major plot points in trailers or TV spots in an effort to sell more tickets. Guardians 2 is in the position where it’s already poised to be one of the year’s biggest box office hits, so Marvel knows there’s already an audience on-board waiting eagerly to see the finished product. Brief tastes like these are all they need to share until May rolls around, since they satisfy the craving audiences have while simultaneously keeping the biggest secrets under lock and key. That was a running theme throughout marketing, which even used alternate takes of jokes to maintain surprises.
It’s an exciting time to be a Guardians of the Galaxy fan. Not only is Vol. 2 right around the corner and the “heroes” set to join the fray in Avengers: Infinity War, James Gunn confirmed recently he is going to helm Guardians of the Galaxy 3 for Marvel’s Phase 4, which will take the franchise in exciting new directions and set the table for the next 10 years of Marvel movies. It was only a few years ago when even some devoted MCU viewers didn’t know who these misfits were, but now they’ve become as integral to the series’ DNA as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.