The newest trailer for upcoming blockbuster curiosity Guardians of the Galaxy continues to walk a fine line of publicity, simultaneously offering up a feast for hardcore fans — The Accuser! The Collector! Blue people! — while also making a convincing argument to non-fanboy laypeople that Guardians of the Galaxy is the Gun-Toting Talking-Raccoon movie of the summer.
Most of the broad strokes were covered in February’s trailer, but the new footage features a look at a key character in the movie, plus a sneak peek at some of the deep-space settings. Also: Vin Diesel speaks! And this is the moment when, as a journalist, I am forced to remind you that Vin Diesel is playing a tree.
Watch the full trailer here — and now let’s dive in, shall we?
As all students of Hollywood Trailers know, the second trailer is when you get to show off lots of finished special effects. And so Guardians of the Galaxy starts off by showing off Peter Quill, a.k.a Starlord, in action, hopping around a low-gravity sphere with his totally sweet helmet.
But enough about the good guys! The newest trailer features the first extended look at Ronan the Accuser, who is by all accounts the main villain of Guardians of the Galaxy. (Unless the main villain is Thanos, the long-term Marvel Universe Big Bad whose sole onscreen appearance lasted about ten seconds in a movie that came out two years ago.) Ronan is a member of the Kree race and carries a hammer-looking weapon called the Universal Weapon.
Here’s Ronan, surrounded by what appears to be several other accusers. It’s sort of like the White Walkers’ Ice Castle from Game of Thrones, except in space. ComicBookMovie.com has a closer look at Ronan, for all you Lee Pace fans out there who specifically like their Lee Pace with blue skin.
But really, let’s just feast our eyes on Glenn Close, rocking a spaced-out version of her Cruella De Vil hair. Close is playing Rael, the commander of the Nova Corps, an intergalactic peace-keeping force.
Suffice it to say that Rael is not a big fan of the titular Guardians of the Galaxy, who the trailer makes clear are a gang of misfits. We see several extended shots of the gang breaking out of a space-prison where everyone wears neon-yellow prison outfits.
Apparently, the Guardians wind up on the side of the good guys. Or anyhow, on the side of the less-bad guys. The trailer makes it clear that they’re the only people who can save twelve billion people from…something. Ronan the Accuser? Thanos? Or maybe this curious place, shown in deep-space? I might be wrong, but something about the shape of that gigantic space-rock looks almost alive. Could this be the movie version of Ego The Living Planet? And if so, who will be the surprise-cameo voice of Ego? (Please please please Daniel Day-Lewis using his There Will Be Blood voice please please please.)
The trailer also features several shots of Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper. “What the hell,” says Rocket, “I don’t got that long a lifespan anyway.” This is important mainly because, if Guardians is a success, it’s entirely possible that your children’s children will know Bradley Cooper as “That Guy Who Voiced Rocket Raccoon In the Guardians of the Galaxy Dodecahedrology.”
This seems like an important moment to point out that we have heard Bradley Cooper’s voice emerging from a raccoon’s head, and we’ve heard Vin Diesel’s voice emerging from a gigantic living tree. But I believe that we have yet to hear Zoe Saldana speak out of Green Zoe Saldana’s head. Saldana plays Gamora, the beautiful assassin who may or may not be related to Thanos. Presumably, she’s got a gigantic part in the movie. Could it be that she’s playing the role totally or mostly silent, a la Clint Eastwood in A Fistful of Dollars?
So yep, this is just another one of those space operas where there’s a raccoon who kills people, a tree that talks, and a special mixtape called “Awesome Mix, Vol. 1.” Cut to the youth of America, confused by the concept of a “mixtape.”