With just a few short weeks to go until release, Marvel have treated us to our third sneak peek at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Shall we suck all of the fun out of that trailer with a frame-by-frame breakdown of what we were shown? What else are movie trailers for?
We open with the same battle we’ve seen in the other trailers, but I’m lucky enough to have quite a high tolerance for former wrestling champs throwing themselves down Abilisk throats. As always, Drax does so with a throaty laugh.
And here’s the trailer’s first proper glimpse at Baby Groot! All together now: n’awwww…
This cheerful-looking bunch are the Sovereign. “I see it within you – fear. Jealousy. Betrayal. It is our job to cleanse the universe of this weakness”, says Ayesha, their High Priestess…...which looks like precisely the kind of thing they’re up to a few frames later in the trailer… …which is possibly why Star-Lord’s trying to make a speedy getaway here. “Groot, put your seatbelt on!” he cries.
But ickle Groot is too busy chowing down on sweets. Now, what are these? Skittles? M&Ms? Smarties? And is that the same pot he was dancing in one movie ago? And what happens when you don’t put your seatbelt on, young man?
Bad things like this happen. Let’s hope something soft breaks Groot’s fall…
Earlier in the trailer, we saw Yondu and his Ravagers looking like they’d finally managed to corner Rocket. Here, it looks like Rocket’s turned the tables with a trap. I’ve used this image to illustrate it because there’s nothing better than capturing the precise moment somebody’s thinking “ooooh, shi-““So we’re saving the galaxy again? Awesome! We’re really gonna be able to jack up our prices if we’re two-time galaxy savers!” Rocket’s seeing dollar signs… …and so is Drax.
Gamora and Star-Lord are getting close here. And where are they? This environment all looks very utopian – could they be on the planet of the gold gang, the Sovereign?“Die, spaceship!” roars Drax here, seemingly whilst covered in bubble wrap.
Every Groot appearance in the trailer seems to be cuter than the last. Here, he thinks nothing of giving Gamora a nice wave mid-fight with the Abilisk……and look closely here and you’ll see him perched on the shoulder of Yondu, a Ravager earlier in the trailer but seemingly now a fully-fledged Guardian as he sends space villains flying all around him.
Seems that Nebula’s not quite ready to sign up, though. Here she’s going after her dear adopted sister – and has she hijacked the Guardians’ ship?
We’re back on the same sumptuous-looking world that Star-Lord and Gamora looked like they were having some time to themselves on earlier. Is it the Sovereign homeworld? Or perhaps it’s……a living planet?!?! The trailer’s zOMFGGG moment comes when the gang (with Nebula in tow – perhaps she does make nice with her sis after all) come into contact with this mysterious chap played by Kurt Russell, who announces “I’m your dad, Peter.” We know from the comics that this is Ego, a living planet who is indeed Star-Lord’s pops. Marvel have said that Ego doesn’t appear in his planetary form in the movie, but do you really introduce a character who’s a living planet without actually showing, yannow, that living planet form?
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