A feat of storytelling, soundtrack, CGI and cinema in general, Guardians of the Galaxy is a great example of just how brilliantly the more obscure stories from comic books can translate onto the big screen. When it first came out, it quickly became Marvel‘s third highest grossing film at the box office, after only The Avengers and Iron Man 3. It had all of the heart and soul of the comic in a way that managed to appeal to both existing fans and new viewers without causing much friction between the two groups.
A sequel was first announced in June 2015 and a lot of people have been eager to hear more in the time since.
The concept art, released earlier this month, gave a tantalising glimpse into the new story. We see Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista returning to their roles from the original, and even a teeny tiny Groot silhouette looking adorable and having fans wondering just how Vin Diesel – also reprising his part – is going to pull off sounding six inches tall.
The lucky few who managed to be there last week at San Diego Comic Con were treated to yet more teasers for the new movie, due out in May 2017.
But, unlike most of the announcements staged at SDCC, this has been kept quiet from the rest of the world so far. Descriptions of it from people who were there are all over the internet as people desperately try to seek it out for themselves, but the video itself has been mysteriously absent from the digital annals.
While it’s hardly a comfort, director James Gunn at least offered an explanation for why it’s being kept secret for now:
“The visual effects are not finished. I am a perfectionist. People who have followed know that everything needs to be exactly as I want it to be to be seen in a film, so that it stands up to repeated viewings. The truth is this Comic-Con footage…it’s not something that I nor Marvel are comfortable with being out there and standing up to repeated viewings, because the visual effects just aren’t finished. If I do something I want to do it 100% correctly.”
It seems noble enough, not wanting to show us an unfinished piece. Maybe leaving it with him a little longer will mean what we eventually do see will be that much better.
But, some have wondered, if that’s the case, why bother showing it with anyone in the first place? Aside from the fact that every other big movie coming up over the next few years has offered something at SDCC, of course.
“However, to sit in the audience, one time, and show them an in-progress piece of film, it’s a different story. It’s just like if you were a friend of mine, you might come over to my house and I might show you a little bit of the movie.”