The Flickering Myth team react to the first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2…
Director James Gunn tweeted out the first poster and teaser trailer on Wednesday to his much anticipated sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [watch it here]. The trailer doesn’t reveal much, but it does show us a glimpse of the humor that made the first movie so much fun to watch and it gives us Baby Groot, riding shotgun on Rocket Raccoon.
If the first teaser trailer was supposed to get us excited without revealing too much, and judging from the generally positive online buzz, it succeeded. But what did the Flickering Myth staff make of it?
Chris Haydon: Personally speaking, I much prefer the first poster to the sneak peek. Everything is just too on-the-nose, and using “Hooked on a Feeling” again feels rather lazy and gimmicky. Sincerely hoping that the first theatrical trailer is more inventive; I’m sure it will be.
Sean Wilson: It’s perhaps a little glib and self-aware but dammit, once that tune kicks in and I get the first glimpse of those characters, it invites the same warm feeling as being reunited with old friends. Frankly, I can’t wait.
Tai Freligh: This teaser was a bit of a letdown for me. As soon as I heard the “Hooked on a Feeling” music, I felt like it was just lazy. Give me a new song, dammit! I momentarily thought they would just play the start of the song and then cut to something else right before the “Hooked on a Feeling” lyrics. That would have been clever in a wink, wink kind of way. I liked seeing the brother as part of the team and the glimpse at the end of Baby Groot was awesome. I have no idea what the plot is from this teaser, but I suppose the point of a teaser is to get you excited for the full length trailer.
Chris Cooper: Slightly let down that we got Hooked On A Feeling at first. But it makes sense. This is just a teaser afterall. I like everything I see but really it’s all about BABY GROOT.
Eric Bay-Andersen: Short and sweet! Not disappointed it didn’t show more because c’mon, it’s not out for a long time. This made me smile with the musical call-back and the shot of Baby Groot – I’m happy to wait for a proper trailer for something properly new.
Helen Murdoch: Enjoyed the teaser. Funny, some intriguing shots of what’s to come so exactly what I wanted.
Kris Wall: I’m probably the worst person to ask for a balanced and rational response to this trailer, given how much I love Guardians. Obviously I loved this, I’ve watched it about 20 times already. That interaction between Star Lord and Drax at the end is just perfect. I need more. Hopefully Kurt Russell will be in the full trailer.
Anghus Houvouras: If you’re not looking forward to this movie, then i don’t want to know you. While this isn’t the chill inducing Rogue One trailer, this is an absolute gem of a tease: whet your appetite and hit on the things that made the first film so successful: Epic space opera, great characters, and moments of wonderful hilarity. There are few blockbusters I can remember that left me wanting more. Guardians of the Galaxy is an obvious exception. I can’t wait to pick up with the crew of Serenity… er, I mean The Milano which also happens to be my favorite Pepperidge Farms cookie.
Villodsutch: There were some interesting pieces, like the falling people at either side of Yondu and Rocket, Nebula’s pink nose and what looks like Groot’s home planet however I’ll be honest and say it was nothing more than an diluted aperitif. I watched it and wasn’t wholeheartedly impressed. I’m sure I’ll be blown away come the full length meaty meal of a trailer but here…not so. Back to the Rogue One trailer I go.
Kris Wall: You’re a heathen Rod, that’s what you are, a pesky heathen ?
Villordsutch: Me and Yul Brynner will happily burn in Hell as you enjoy your hum drum mediocre trailers. Though I will change my tune when the main trailer arrives obviously.
Jordan J. Jones: Not much to take away from this except for a few new locales, though it’s nice briefly catching up with everyone. It’s interesting to see who’s joining the team. Makes me wonder why. Perhaps the enemy of my enemy is my friend? Love the tunes, but I’m itching to hear Mixtape Vol. 2! Most importantly, I hope we see Kurt Russell soon, ideally with an epic beard.
So the overall opinion of the staff was positive, teasing just enough to get most excited about the movie. There was a lot of discussion around the use of “Hooked on a Feeling” as the main track, with the general consensus that it felt uninspired, but many giving the teaser trailer a free pass until we get a full length trailer in the future.
What did you make of the trailer?
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled for release on April 28th 2017 in the UK and on May 5th in the States, with director James Gunn reuniting with returning cast members Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Vin Diesel (Groot), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Michael Rooker (Yondu), Glenn Close (Nova Prime) and Sean Gunn (Kraglin) alongside new additions Pom Klementieff (Oldboy) as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) as Ayesha, Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight) as Ego the Living Planet, Chris Sullivan (The Drop) as Taserface and Sylvester Stallone (Creed) in as yet-unrevealed role.