The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 International Trailer Just Dropped!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 - 12:05PM
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Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 - 12:05PM
The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 International Trailer Just Dropped!
When the first Guardians of the Galaxy trailer came out, a lot of people's first thought (including mine) was: "I've never heard of any of these Marvel characters. A space raccoon? That's just too silly." Now, a year or two later, that silly rocket-launcher raccoon is one of the most bankable faces in the world, and I spent several months of 2016 eating a sandwich called the "Chris Pratt is Hooked on a Feeling," which included Fritos and pulled pork. And just to show how far the movie has come, the arrival of the international trailer is still enough to bring a smile to my face—even if it's not in English, you can tell it's right on the mark from the moment it starts playing its song:



So right off the bat, we see Starlord all suited up with his twin blasters, Gamora kicking ass, and Drax walking around like a giant mountain of muscle. We see some flashes of what appear to be new villains, including the silhouetted figure of an intimidating man in a cloak. We see Starlord hugging it out with with Drax in a bro-moment, and then, at the very end, a shot of Rocket Raccoon and tiny Groot in a little red suit. There's not too much plot exposition, but it definitely reminds fans (even non-Russian-speaking ones) what made the last movie great—the music, the characters, and the humor.

Other superhero movies (Suicide Squad, cough, cough) have tried to imitate Guardians of the Galaxy's soundtrack-driven mix of fun and adventure, but failed miserably. What they may have forgotten is that, first, GotG started out with a bunch of misfit characters and not much to lose in terms of long-term branding or property recognition—they weren't going to ruin the name of Iron Man or Captain America—so they probably had a bit more freedom to experiment and take chances. Every major Marvel motion picture has a huge investment of time and money, but the household name-brand ones are in a class of their own, with all the weight (and sometimes, committee decision-making) that brings. Second, that damned, delightful Awesome Mix Vol. 1 mixtape was always front-and-center to the movie's marketing and identity—everything was based around that eclectic, feel-good mix of 70's and 80's hits. And the reasoning James Gunn, the director, gave to IGN was great:

Opening quote
"Those [songs] are cultural reference points. I knew that when we were making a movie that's in outer space, you want to have it be this big grand adventure, but you also want to ground people in something that's real, that seems familiar. It's striking the balance throughout the whole movie, through something that is very unique, but also something that is easily accessible to people at the same time. The music and the Earth stuff is one of those touchstones that we have to remind us that, yeah, this is a real person from planet Earth who's just like you and me. Except that he's in this big outer space adventure."
Closing quote


Third, and most importantly, the movie didn't claim to be based around themes like "man vs. god" or Greek tragedy (like another superhero movie that did poorly)—it was based on authentic, relatable human emotions. Again, James Gunn on the first movie:

Opening quote
"For me, this movie is about family. It's about a bunch of people who don't have a family, and they learn to love each other. Some of them are heroes and some of them aren't really heroes at the end of this movie, but some of them become heroes. I think it's a movie about giving a sh*t, really."
Closing quote


So when you watch this unsubbed Russian trailer again, pay attention to a couple things, including that awkward hug between Drax and Peter Quill and the shiver of excitement that goes through you as Blue Swede plays. Even without understanding the words, you can still understand the chemistry between the characters and the emotions coming through. GotG taps into something we can all understand, across languages and sandwiches.

Guardians of the Galaxy premieres in U.S. theaters May 5th, 2017.
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