Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sneak peek at 'Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2' teases one of summer 2017's most anticipated blockbusters

It's funny to look back at 2014 and remember that Guardians of the Galaxy was not considered a sure thing by any stretch of the imagination. It was Marvel's biggest gamble by a country mile, and after the surprise billion-dollar success of The Avengers and Iron Man 3, Guardians was a risky proposition that would test the brand. The cast of characters were relatively unknown and featured a talking raccoon and a giant tree, Chris Pratt wasn't a superstar yet, and James Gunn was a mostly untested director. But after a great marketing campaign led by one of the best trailers in recent years, Guardians of the Galaxy emerged as the must-see movie of 2014. Reviews were strong (91% on Rotten Tomatoes) and the film grossed $333 million in the US and $773 million worldwide. At the time, it was the eighth highest grossing comic book adaptation of all time. Marvel had firmly established its cosmic universe, and a sequel to Guardians was as inevitable as another Avengers movie. Three years and four films later in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Lord and the crew are back for Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. Check out a sneak peek at the film below!

This is a pretty brief trailer, working more as an announcement trailer than a full-fledged look at the glorious return of the Guardians to the big screen. After all, James Gunn did say that this was just a sneak peek at a longer trailer that we'll see later. But what we have right now pretty much tells us all that we need to know- the Guardians of the Galaxy are back and better than ever. The use of "Hooked on a Feeling," which was the defining song of the original film's marketing campaign, is a nice touch, and the trailer gives us a nice look at each of the returning characters from the original. Pratt's Star Lord is roguish as usual, Drax (Dave Bautista) is blunt and awkward, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is taking down more bad guys, and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) is blowing things up again. Oh, and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) is there too! How could I forget? This looks like a lot of fun, and while I'm still hoping that we get a better look soon, this sneak peek at one of next summer's biggest movies is more than sufficient for now.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 debuts in theaters on May 5, 2017.

Image Credit: Superhero Hype

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