The release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is rapidly approaching; there are just over two months between now and fans getting a chance to witness what director James Gunn has crafted for his team of rogues. Of course, all of the core Guardians are back once again, but the team will also evolve to include Nebula, Yondu, and Mantis. Outside of the underlying family themes that the franchise will continue to play with, however, the specifics of what the movie will deal with has largely been kept under wraps.
This is in no small part thanks to a marketing campaign that has given very little away in terms of plot. In fact, the whole advertising push has been rather slow-burn, with trailers released rather sporadically for a big tentpole film. However, with the release now on the horizon, Marvel is now ready to unveil a full (and possibly final) trailer.
Trailer Track has been able to confirm their previous reports that a new trailer was coming soon; according to next week's line-up for Jimmy Kimmel Live, Chris Pratt is set to appear on Tuesday and will bring the trailer with him. Depending on what guest placement Pratt has, the trailer could drop right around midnight EST or more closely to the end of the show, roughly 12:30 EST.
Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange debuted their first trailers on Kimmel, so it is not surprising to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 following suit. As Kimmel's show airs on ABC, one of the many companies owned by Disney, it's fair to expect this to become a common practice for MCU movies.
If this is indeed the final trailer for the sequel, many will be hoping that this is where Marvel finally unveils the look of Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet. His humanoid form has been seen in toy form already, but how he will look as a giant planet has not yet been shown. With Gunn previously saying that the reveal of Russell being Ego would come out in the marketing (hence why it was confirmed at SDCC), this would be their last shot to do just that - unless they plan to wait and do that in the several TV spots that will follow.
Even if Ego does appear, though, hopefully Marvel will continue to keep the marketing as focused on fun over spoilers as it has been so far. Gunn has already talked about how the trailers are using alternate takes of jokes, so as much as everyone is dying to see more of Guardians 2, expect some of the biggest surprises to be saved for the finished product.
Source: Trailer Track
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Untitled Avengers Movie (2019) release date: May 03, 2019
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019