Among the biggest surprises that has come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Guardians of the Galaxy is the shining example. Director James Gunn was able to take the group of relatively unknown characters from the pages of Marvel comics and turn them into some of the most beloved characters that currently exist within the MCU. Thanks to Gunn’s direction, the film took off and has made Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 one of the most anticipated movies of 2017.

Production has long been complete ahead of the May release date, which means Gunn and company are in the final stages. As they work towards a final cut of the film, one of the elements that will be needed is music. Awesome Mix Vol. 1 played a big role in the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, but it also overshadowed the film’s actual score done by Tyler Bates. However, Bates is back for the sequel and Gunn just gave fans a sneak peek of what he has imagined.

Gunn went live on Facebook earlier today to let fans around the world listen to a single piece of the score for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The session took place at acclaimed recording studio Abbey Road in London and featured an entire orchestra present to rehearse and perform the new score that Bates has written. After a small introduction about the studio from Gunn, you can hear a sample of the score:

As stated before, the success of the Awesome Mix overshadowed the score Bates did in the first film, so giving fans a chance to hear the score before Awesome Mix Vol. 2 could go a long way in making sure that doesn’t happen on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. This new piece has a similar tone to the score of the first film and feels like a climactic or heartwarming scene could be attached to this piece. While this is just speculation, this could be the score used for an encounter between Star-Lord and his father or the final battle that the Guardians have.

Regardless of where this single piece fits into the larger scheme of the film, it will be interesting to see if this helps audiences react more favorably to the score. Marvel movies recently came under fire with a video essay making its way online last year, challenging Marvel to be more creative with its musical cues. With a select group of audience members now slightly familiar with Bates’ score for Vol. 2, it could make it that much more recognizable when it does start playing in theaters. Even if this is not the case, this type of behind-the-scenes look is a great way for fans to further see the intricacies of the actual moviemaking process.

Source: James Gunn