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?
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, 2014, The 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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