This coming Monday, Marvel will be holding “fan screenings” of a special 17 minute sneak peek of Guardians of the Galaxy across the country. Prior to that, Disney has began airing a shorter sneak peek at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. It’s entirely possible the 17-minute sneak will include the footage in this, and if so fans are in for a treat on Monday.
The Disney footage is one complete scene, followed by an extended trailer with one short bit tacked on at the end.
UPDATE: James Gunn has confirmed that the Disney footage and the 17 minute preview are different.
It opens with a shot of the planet Morag, an “abandoned world”. Star-Lord’s ship lands here, and it’s a nasty and alien place. Heavy rain, wind, and geysers erupting from the ground greet him as he begins to explore it while wearing his mask. He pulls out a device that scans the area and shows him a blue-wireframe hologram of what the place looked like in its heyday. It finds the building he’s looking for in the ruins and displays that as a red-wireframe with a red path lighting the way.
Star-Lord enters the ruins and taps a button under his ear that makes his mask dissolve into that small button. He puts on his headphones, clips his Walkman to his belt, hits play, and we hear the opening of Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love”. Now the best part of the footage begins. As the first vocals come in, there’s a wide shot of Star-Lord with his arms in the air, mid-dance, and the “Guardians of the Galaxy” title appears as if summoned by him. He begins to dance to the music through the ruins. Sliding on puddles. Kicking little alien rats, and picking them up to use as a microphone to lip-sync to the music. He eventually reaches the vault we’ve all seen in the trailers where the orb is held.
After opening the door with some kind of futuristic lock pick, he lights the room with a sphere that he leaves on the ground. He then tosses a magnetic device on the floor that pulls the orb out of the field holding it, and that’s when Korath and his two thugs find him. Star-Lord calls one of the minions a “Ninja Turtle” before giving Korath his real name, Peter Quill. When that doesn’t work he says “there’s another name you may know me by”, which is when we get the “Star-Lord/Who?” bit. Deciding to escape he kicks his light sphere at the two guys pointing guns at him, which vaporizes them. He shoots Korath, knocking him to the ground, and when he gets up is when he fires at Star-Lord and he does his Neo thing to dodge the blast and use his rocket boots to escape.
He then begins running to his ship with Korath in pursuit. Korath has a few more thugs guarding Star-Lord’s ship, so Quill tosses his super magnet at them, which pins them to the ground so he can get in his ship and escape. He manages to do that before Korath can have a canon assembled and vaporize him, but before he can get in orbit he’s hit by a huge geyser. The ship is tossed in the air and begins falling quickly, as Star-Lord is tossed around the cockpit along with all stuff including his Troll doll. This bit was one of the better 3D effects. Right before it crashes to the ground, he manages to pull a lever activating the thrusters and he sits down letting out an exhausted grunt.
From there, the footage goes into a reedited version of the full trailer set to “Spirit in the Sky”. There is some new footage here, especially what looks like a space battle inside of Knowhere. Before the end, however, there’s one short scene they show.
This is the full scene of Star-Lord telling the group that he has a plan, which Rocket laughs at. Quill says it’s a fake laugh and Rocket assures him it’s the most real laugh he’s ever made in his entire life. Groot breaks it up by nibbling on a leaf growing on his shoulder, which apparently really grosses out Star-Lord and Gamora.
The footage shown is very cool, lots of fun, and fits what you’d expect from both a Guardians of the Galaxy and James Gunn movie. We only have a few weeks before this is in theaters, and just based on these nine minutes the wait has definitely been worth it.