Marvel Studios’ biannual movie release schedule is already well planned out for the next few years, with sequels such as The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier on the way in the not-too-distant future. To the studio’s credit, however, there are also quite a few properties being brought to the big screen for the first time, including space-based adventure Guardians of the Galaxy. If you attended Comic-Con this year, you may have already seen the 30-second teaser for Guardians of the Galaxy that was screened during the Marvel panel.

One Comic-Con attendee managed to capture the teaser on their smartphone, and since it would be virtually impossible to eradicate all traces of it (including the animated gifs that have been created) from the Internet entirely, anyone who wishes to see a low-quality version of the footage can do so with a cursory use of Google. After the widespread leak, many expected that Marvel would release an official version of the teaser, to at least ensure that fans would get to see it in the best possible quality – but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

According to director James Gunn, however, the bootleg edition of the teaser is likely to be the only video that fans who weren’t at Comic-Con will get to see. Speaking to Comic Book, Gunn quickly shut down any hopes that a shiny HD version might be released online by Marvel:

“Zero percent chance, sorry! I know a lot of you have seen the shaky camera footage, but it was made after 12 days of shooting and isn’t a true reflection of the awesomeness we’re trying to create for you.”

It’s unclear what Gunn means when he says that the Comic-Con teaser isn’t a “true reflection” of Guardians of the Galaxy, but it indicates a possibility that the footage shown at Comic-Con was shot specifically for the teaser, and might not end up in the final cut of the movie at all. Certainly it wasn’t lacking in awesomeness – the brief clip of Rocket Raccoon standing on Groot’s shoulder and firing a gun in the midst of a battle has sparked a massive amount of anticipation all by itself.

It looks like this is the best quality we’re going to get.

If the footage and visual effects were created exclusively for the teaser, it seems strange to spend so much money on something that will only ever be screened once. On the other hand, if the teaser was comprised entirely or mostly of footage from Guardians of the Galaxy, then it’s difficult to see how it could be a poor representation of what fans can expect from the movie.

With the release of the Comic-Con clip apparently vetoed, it may well be some time before the next official trailer is released. Filming in London is still ongoing (and if Thor: The Dark World‘s production is any indicator, could continue well into next year), the voice actor for Rocket Raccoon still has yet to be announced, and there’s almost a year to go before the film finally hits theaters. Perhaps Marvel is simply reluctant to begin marketing too early.

Do you think Gunn’s reasons for not releasing the Comic-Con footage make sense, or is there more to this decision than meets the eye? Tell us what you think of Marvel’s refusal to release the teaser for Guardians of the Galaxy in the comments.

Guardians of the Galaxy arrives in theaters on August 1st, 2014.

Source: Comic Book