First ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trailer Classified & Coming Soon

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 11th, 2014 at 8:36 am,

Chris Pratt Star Lord Closeup Lineup Early Guardians of the Galaxy Photo First Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer Classified & Coming Soon

Despite rumors of Marvel Studios already setting a release date for an unannounced sequel, the public moviegoing audience hasn’t even met the Guardians of the Galaxy. The second team-based film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe not only introduces an entirely new set of characters, but it does so with a story that takes place 95% off-planet. With its unique, mostly-alien characters, otherworldly locations and villains, and not too mention a comic that was never popular until recently, Guardians of the Galaxy is arguably the riskiest and most ambitious project from the studio to date, and much of the franchise’s future storylines will heavily rely on it.

For those reasons, Disney was expected to launch its first trailer for Guardians during the Super Bowl but they instead held off, spending big bucks for commercials based on other properties releasing sooner (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Muppets Most Wanted, and Need For Speed). Director James Gunn did promise something “incredibly awesome” coming soon and he might be referring to an imminent teaser trailer reveal.

It goes without saying that when Captain America 2 hits theaters, it’ll come with a trailer for Guardians but the Alberta Film Ratings Board released a classification for a full-length Guardians of the Galaxy trailer today, labeling it PG. Like the second full-length Cap 2 trailer, the first ever Guardians trailer has a 2:23 running time and with the rating reveal today, that usually means it’s about to release soon, within a few weeks. So, what movie will it first come attached to in theaters?

There’s RoboCop this weekend (too soon), Pompeii the following weekend (too small) then there’s not much on the geeky studio tentpole front until March where we have 300: Rise of An Empire, Need for Speed, Divergent and Muppets: Most Wanted.  Two of those are Disney properties and Divergent is the next hopeful young adult hit franchise from Summit Entertainment so perhaps the latter is a logical place to show Guardians of the Galaxy to an audience who may be unfamiliar. None of the listed properties however are guaranteed megahits at the box office so Disney could just hit them all (at least all of their own) in addition to The Winter Soldier which begins its run in theaters in the UK on March 28th.

The question is how much sooner before that will Disney and Marvel release the first Guardians of the Galaxy trailer?


More: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in May 2016?


Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn off of his script co-written by Nicole Perlman. The film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Glenn Close.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. Oh yeaaah! Can’t wait…
    I hope the CGI is already done and will be included in the trailer ;p

    • what you said makes absolutely no sense. of course it will depict the CGI. Did you not just read that 95% of the movie will be off earth, which would lead me to believe with a 2:23 minute trailer coming soon we will have to see Rocket Raccoon atleast…Which I don’t know about you, but I’m really excited for Rocket and Groot. It pissed me off I learned of Vin Diesel being the voice, but it could turn out to be ok. We shall see..

      • It makes perfect sense. Not all CGI is completed before the trailer release.

      • There’s a difference between “done” and “included”. For instance, all the complaints about Spider-man’s trailer – all the GCI that’s included, but inadequate for many Screenranters.

        Also even if it’s 95% outer space, it doesn’t mean 95% CGI spaceship flying through CGI space. There could be things as simple as a patch of land that’s supposed to be a different planet (like that blue guy at the crater). It could be an alien ship set piece. In can be dialogue in the room. Being 95% off earth doesn’t mean anything for the argument you gave.

        • Not to mention, he only has ONE LINE.

          • he has more than 1 line, its just that he repeats the same phrase.

            • Sounds like a few politicians I know….!
              And a few of my bosses as well!

      • “Off-planet” doesn’t equal to “off-Earth.” Idk where people in the comments are getting Earth from. The movie take place within the Andromeda galaxy.

  2. I must have it, give it to me!

  3. Plez hurry.. I can’t wait too much longer.. This is my most anticipated movies of the year..
    I AM GROOT!!!!!!

  4. It is fairly clear that the launch trailer will be shown when Captain America hits theatres worldwide.

    • How’s it “fairly clear” It could come within the week/month. They wouldn’t classify it this early if it wasn’t coming out soon.

  5. I think studios a missing a huge oppertunity to advertise during the Academy Awards. They are the most viewed television event for Hollywood and you can cut down on commercial time if they cell exclusive ad space to movie studios. I would love to see “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Godzilla”, “Hercules”, Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles”, “Expendables 3″ and a ton of other trailers to premier that night.

    • That is an awesome idea

  6. It’ll be Cap because it makes the most sense. That way, it can air in the UK first and appear online the day after before the US finally gets Cap 2 the week after.

  7. I’m thinking if they wait until March it will be with the 300 preview or with Muppets Most Wanted. That would put the preview about 2 weeks before Cap 2…Just in case there is a button scene in Cap 2 about it. Also, would help hype up Cap 2 those couple of weeks. Also, Muppets is a kids movie and adults. It would really help draw in both demographics. Especaially GotG being PG rated and owned by Disney.

    • Not muppets most wanted. I don’t think there would be the most overlap of the two audiences.

      • I disagree, The Muppets was one of the most popular things for kids when I was around 10 years old (about 1989). Not to mention it was pretty popular throughout the 60′s and 70′s before I was born. Then, if my memory serves correctly, throughout the 90′s it saw 3 great, well received, movies: Muppets Treasure Island, Muppets in Space, and Muppets Christmas Carol. The last movie that just came out by Jason Segal was a big hit too! So…

        Reasons why the Guardians trailer should premiere with the new Muppets movie.
        1. Muppets is Disney owned and so is Guardians.
        2. Muppets is a movie directed at kids and adults (a lot like Lego movie and GotG)
        3. Muppets will draw in crowds from child all the way up to those in their 40′s and 50′s at least (people who grew up with the show)
        4. Last Muppet movie was very succussful! It did better than all the other previous muppet movies, was well liked by almost all critics and Rotten Tomatoes, and recieved a lot of recognition and awards.
        5. There is lots of Star power cameo’s in the last movie and this movie. That aspect alone makes a lot of people want to come see the movie.

  8. I really REALLY hope they dont wait to reveal it until The Winter Soldier comes out. That would be so upsetting. We’ve barely begun with February and to have to wait the whole month of March is just too frustrating. I feel like Im more amped for this movie then I was in 2012 anticipating The Avengers. We deserve this trailer ASAP. With other movies in the MCU we already had a handful of stills, a poster, and a first trailer 6 to 7 months prior to the movies release. We better get it soon! Cause we dont have any of that except one damn still which we already saw on the leaked Comic Con footage. Lets be honest, well all saw that footage. I want to see acting, voices, I was to see dialogue. I want to see the damn trailer!!! Marvel and Gunn, youre getting me angry. You wouldnt like it when im angry

    • Yea but with a movie so risky (which I think its going to be amazing) they may not want to do so much advertising that the mainstream public (not comic world fans) gets bored with it.

      • That’s a ridiculous notion. 1 trailer or image is nowhere near over exposure. If anything they need to advertise guardians MORE than any of their other films. Everything else Marvel is pushing out is a sequel to an established franchise. Guardians is a clean slate and can use all the exposure it can get. The more people that see Rocket and Groot the better.

        • Not a ridiculous notion at all. I think I may have mis-worded what I meant. I meant that sometimes movies do so much advertising and showing too much of a film that it takes away from the mystery.

          Take Amazing Spiderman 2 for example. In my opinion, they have shown way too much. Such as Rhino being mechanized, background pic of Dr. Ock tentacles and Vultures wings, and Harry being a goblin character.

          Those things should have been saved for the actual movie viewing. I would have liked to have been surprised that Harry, the best friend, is Goblin so soon.

          I think when a movie releases a preview too far in advance, the public gets really excited then the movie might lose some of its luster if it is showing the same preview stuff over and over. So a solution is to release stuff really early and release a lot of different stuff. But then if you show a lot of different stuff often and early then you risk giving too much away.

          So to me, a solution is just release previews not to far in advance and then also not release too much extra give aways.

    • I hate you.

    • Dude, I hate you but I laughed.

    • oh man hahaha…i see they dropped a macguffin for Maurice from Apes

      • I have to say I never realized how liberal Planet of the Apes had become! “D*** you! D*** you clear to H***!!” (heehee!)

        For the sequel, go to YouTube and type into it’s search bar “Monkey Sniffs Finger”!

    • Dude! Why did I fall for that?!

      They should’ve made it a raccoon haha

    • Amazing best thing I seen today. Made my night thank u.. Literally laughed out loud

    • LMAO …awesome!

      • But a lot of them did laughed

    • You’re not funny.

      • But a lot of them did laughed

      • But a lot of them laughed, so …

  9. I think it will be very soon. The theater that I saw the LEGO movie at last night(Cinemark) had all the employees wearing GOTG shirts. I even took a pic and posted it on my facebook because I was so excited about it. I would find it odd to have them wearing the shirts now and not have a trailer released till cap comes out. nevertheless I am so excited about this movie.

    • my daughter worked for cinemark and they had thor 2 shirts many months before the trailer even came out for that. now she works for carmike. no cool shirts.

  10. I think Marvel really dropped the ball not advertising GOTG during the superbowl (No pun intended).

    • Marvel wasn’t the only one to drop the ball during the Super Bowl! ZING!

      • Shoulda been The San Diego Chargers all the way for the win. Next time, folks…!

        • I didn’t know you could watch football on netflix

          Ba da psh

          • Manning was overrated.

            • Overrated?! The dude had the best all time regular season of a QB. As far as the Superbowl, can’t blame only just Manning for the other stuff like bad blocking, bad defense, Seattles good defense, bad special teams, and turnovers not related to him.
              -The first snap of the game was bad snap leading to safety.
              -Demaryius Thomas caught a nice pass only to fumble it to Seattle.
              -One of the INT’s he threw was because of his arm getting hit.
              -The fumble Peyton had was because his arm was hit.

              In the end, Seattle’s offense and defense was just really good. Next season, NFC West has the best division in all of football. Seattle, San Fran and Arizona all ended in the top 6 defenses in the NFL. Also, AZ finished with a 10-6 record which is good enough record for playoff berth.

              Hopefully the NFL does what its been talking about and extend the amount of teams that make the playoffs (1 more in the NFC and 1 more in AFC) which would make it so the #1 overall seed is the only one to get a BYE (which is how it should be IMO)

        • ^^Even Phillip Rivers doesn’t buy that one anymore.

  11. I think they’re going to do the same thing they did for Captain America: The Winter Soldier when Thor: The Dark World came to theaters. Right before the movie, after all the other trailers were shown, they showed the full elevator scene for CA: TWS, which then went on to the first full trailer that came out earlier the previous week. It was totally unexpected & everyone in my theater literally got on the edge of their seats. I thought that was an amazing way to not only show off the movie, but to let you know that these movies are very much tied together. Here’s hoping I’m right.

    • That was definitely awesome.

      • I can’t agree with it being awesome, mainly because I walked into Thor: TDW expecting some Cap 2 footage but got absolutely nothing, they waited until Thor’s US release before dropping anything related to Cap’s second movie.

        • yes. you get the movie sooner, but we get the better previews. i saw thor 2 in 3d and the extended cap 2 trailer was in 3d, and the elevator scene was AMAZING!

  12. My two cents insofar as trailer to movie pairing.

    Would be logical to go with 300 and/or need for speed. Both target the male demo most likely to want to see GotG.

    Avoid Divergent, that demo isnt likely to go see GotG… Unless their savy marketing can do what they did with Thor: DW and cut a trailer that made it seem like a romantic sci-fi romp.

    I think GotG with a RR centric trailer would make a lot of sense for the muppets crowd.. All the kids will want to see that.

    • If they make Rocket anything like a muppet ill flip! He’s a depressed raccoon that hides his feelings behind snarky/witty comments and a machine gun.

  13. I can’t wait for this trailer. As someone else said, if 95% of this takes placed off of Earth, this trailer will be a treat.

  14. i don’t know the tone of the film but my guess would be The Muppets hitting all demographics

    • Casting Call: Groot and Rocket raccoon will be played by Muppets!

  15. J. Gunn just posted on FB that he bit his tongue recording background alien voices for GOTG….
    I sure hope it is out before Cap 2! Im almost tired of waiting, Every other Marvel movie has had so much more out by now (or it seems like they have) I just WISH we would get something except the company line of SOOOON! very soooooooon… that is getting very old!

    • He posted that? Ha ha what a little a be-otch.

  16. This is from Bleeding Cool!

    There’s normally a gap of a week or two between the Albertans inking their rubber stamp and the trailer turning up someplace. Maybe three, on the outside.

    • Nope, it’s from my fellow Canadians who emailed it to me.

      • Sorry Rob! I was not saying anything about your story, in fact this is the FIRST place I come to get any legitimate CBM news, It was just the part about the gap from the time they rate it to the time it releases was the ONLY part I was trying to relay! I hope you did not take any offense to that, because NONE was meant!!

  17. So is the trailer rated PG or is the actual movie rated PG. I’m really excited for this movie but even The Avengers was rated PG 13. I was looking forward to those crazy James Gunn action scenes!

  18. “Guardians of the Galaxy is arguably the riskiest and most ambitious project from the studio to date.”

    If i get a dollar everytime i read that off a Screenrant article about GOTG….

  19. That’s what I wanted to know. If its PG it will not get any of the intensity we’re all hoping for. I got nervous when I read that.

    • The trailer is rated “PG” meaning it’s approved for all audiences to see. IT’s not a redband trailer which are usually “R” rated trailers that show the excessiveness of a movie. GotG will be PG13 most likely when it hits theaters.

  20. Who could play Nova?

    • Didn’t she die in the Planet of the Apes franchise?
      (Oh, wrong Nova….!).

    • Zac Efron would be my top pick.

      Armie Hammer second.

      Garrett Hedlund third.

      I’d like to see who would actually play Rich tho.

  21. If they’re fast tracking a sequel for 2016, and the trailer’s taking a while. Marvel might be banking on this being pretty dope!

  22. I guess I’ll have to ask my question again: how is GOTG supposed to fit in the timeline? Given that Thanos will make an appearance in it and the movie is set in 2045, I think it’s safe to say that the Mad Titan won’t be defeated anytime soon since

    a) the Avengers would be geezers when the two movie franchises converge (unless they are transported forward in time to the year 2045) and
    b) having the Guardians travel back in time to assist the Avengers in battle would effectively render that franchise (I’m talking sequel) superfluous.

    So what do you guys have in mind continuity-wise? How will the creative minds in charge balance those two teams and satisfyingly tie them together?

    • Plot twist : The Raccoon has Mjolnir.

      • Say what?

    • Where did you get that the movie was set in 2045? I have not seen that anyplace else other than your mention of it.

    • The movie is not set in 2045. It’s in current timeframe. Even the comics are set in the current timeframe.

      • according to SR story “‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Takes Place in Alternate Future”
        Published 9 months ago by Rob Keyes , Updated May 12th, 2013 at 7:26 am,
        part of the piece states:
        ” In a March post on The Motorcycle Industry Association site, the UK trade body reached out to the industry on behalf of Marvel Studios looking for a specific, unique type of bike: electrical bikes that would fit in the year 2045. This was our very first hint at the timeline of Guardians of the Galaxy:

        The MCI has been contacted by the film makers Marvel, who are looking for electric bikes with a ‘futuristic’ look to use in a major feature film. This will be shot in England in an imaginary 2045.”

  23. Why is this even a question? They aired the first Thor: The Dark World trailer a week before the international release of Iron Man 3, they aired the first Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer a week before the international release of Thor: The Dark World (I’m sure of that because I got to watch Thor: The Dark World on October 30, and the trailer was the last preview to appear before the movie).

    Marvel’s probably going to air the first Guardians of the Galaxy trailer a week before March 26 (international release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier), because a lot of people who go to watch comic book movies will probably go into Captain America; The Winter Soldier, so that’s the most sensible place to drop the trailer.

    Side Note: Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer probably to be screened at Comic Con, and then to be dropped like a few weeks later before the international release of Guardians of the Galaxy. OR after the movie, like they did with the first Avengers movie and Captain America: The First Avenger.

  24. I have a feeling “soon” means April. Can’t f’ing wait!!!!

  25. April 4th …cant wait