James Gunn Breaks Down The GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Teaser Trailer

James Gunn Breaks Down The GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Teaser Trailer

With the trailer finally being released for us to watch over and over, check out what James Gunn had to say about essential scenes shown, giving new plot details and a hint on when we can expect another trailer.

The Guardians of the Galaxy trailer is finally here, and it did not disappoint... most of us. Regardless, it looks to be, as many of us expected, one of Marvel's riskiest, biggest, movies. Director James Gunn has now offered Total Film a trailer breakdown which you can read what he had to say below:


Indiana Jones' Influence

"There is probably no film that influenced me more as a child – no film that excited me more or that I loved more – than Raiders Of The Lost Ark. It not only influences how I see Guardians, it influences how I live my life."


Indiana Jones' Influence

"We've recorded most of Bradley’s dialogue already. I suppose you would expect me to tell you he’s fantastic and his characterization of Rocket will blow your mind – so don’t believe me and just wait to see (or hear) it for yourself. In all truth, we hired Bradley because he’s able to do both comedy and drama – it’s the thing I look for most in the actors on all my films – and to truly sell Rocket – for you to believe a Raccoon can talk (and blow up and shoot tons of stuff) we need a well-rounded actor."


Indiana Jones' Influence

"I love Groot so much I get teary eyed when I think of him sometimes. Essentially, all the Guardians start out the movie as bastards - except Groot. He’s an innocent. He’s a hundred percent deadly and a hundred percent sweet. He’s caught up in Rocket’s life, really."


Indiana Jones' Influence

"Zoe is about as un-intimidating as you can imagine! She gets in the zone the moment that cameras start filming – but before that she’s basically her loud, brash, completely lovable and goofball self. She got it easy with the makeup – it only took about four hours to put on, whereas it took Dave Bautista and Karen Gillan six hours or more. Zoe and Karen are the two most hardass characters in the movie – they’re our Clint Eastwoods. It should take more than a few people by surprise."


Indiana Jones' Influence

"The movie has a lot of edgy humour, unusual for a comic book movie. But we were encouraged by Marvel to take risks, so we did. However, we never wanted the humor to get in the way of the fun or the emotional heart of the film – those things came first."


Indiana Jones' Influence

"'Hooked On A Feeling' is used in the movie. That and a lot of other old songs are on Quill’s mixed tape in his Sony Walkman. It’s one of the few things he has from Earth. I don’t think of it as a joke, because it’s very dear to him. It’s the umbilical cord that connects him to earth and the home and family he lost."


Indiana Jones' Influence

"The Guardians are criminals, essentially – a thief, two thugs, a murderer, and a maniac. They end up in prison together. When you have those personalities all in one place at one time, you can imagine a scrap or two starting pretty easily."


Indiana Jones' Influence

"At that point in the film, Star-Lord and the gang are facing off with a fleet of Ronan’s Necrocraft. Someone’s about to go down."


Indiana Jones' Influence

"I knew I wanted to add some shots of Nebula, as she’s super badass."


Indiana Jones' Influence

"It’s important to add that we left out some of our coolest characters – Lee Pace’s Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker’s Yondu, and Glenn Close’s Nova Prime – because we want to save them for the full trailer in a couple months". (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER?)


Indiana Jones' Influence

"There is no doubt that the cinematic pinnacle of my career is our cameras circling around a maniacal raccoon shooting a machine gun on the back of a living tree. And I say this with as much modesty as I can muster – because certainly it is not me, but the hand of God guiding us all as we make this film – but it just may be the pinnacle of cinema in general.When we shot it we were twirling around an empty space in a giant set. But I think all of us could see the raccoon and the tree in our minds. They were already starting to form. I can’t wait to share them with everyone in August."


Indiana Jones' Influence

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DaVinci31 - 2/19/2014, 6:44 AM
"and Glenn Close’s Nova Prime"

aww yisss
SuperCat - 2/19/2014, 6:48 AM
Fantastic job. Trailer looks great!
Vegeta - 2/19/2014, 6:52 AM
I can't wait for this movie! It's going to own!
MrCBM56 - 2/19/2014, 6:52 AM
I wasn't too sold on the trailer at first, but I realized that this was basically an introduction of the main characters to the GA and... it's a TEASER. I shouldn't have expected to see half the trailer filled with mind-blowing money shots. I'm happy with what we got. SO excited for this movie, it looks great. BRING IT!

Plus RR and Groot.... They look PERFECT.
DefcoN - 2/19/2014, 6:53 AM
Great find! The trailer gets better with each view IMO. I don't mind waiting a couple of months to finally see Ronan or hear Rocket and Groot voices!
Kayo - 2/19/2014, 6:53 AM
hell yeah!...............pure awesomeness
MrCBM56 - 2/19/2014, 6:53 AM

Thanks & I agree. The wait shall be worth it.
LEEE777 - 2/19/2014, 6:55 AM

brazilianbatman - 2/19/2014, 6:56 AM
this movie might not a be a flop only because of marvel logo and its brand. otherwise this movie would have the same chances or more to be a disaster like john carter.
TheGreenBastard - 2/19/2014, 6:56 AM
I wasn't impressed with the trailer at all. Looks like another family friendly movie from Disney's Marvel Studios. If I check this movie out, it'll be at a $6 matinee. No way I'm paying full price for this.
LEEE777 - 2/19/2014, 6:57 AM
Cant wait for GOTG, will be the top movie of the year, great read thumbs!
brazilianbatman - 2/19/2014, 6:57 AM
the trailer looked silly and stupid. at least I have cap 2 in a few more weeks after a not so great marvel year with iron man 3 and thor 2.
SuperCat - 2/19/2014, 6:57 AM
Starfox - 2/19/2014, 6:59 AM
I was Sold after I saw the first 5 Seconds of this Trailer!

Vegeta - 2/19/2014, 6:59 AM
I love the way they briefly introduced the characters. I'm completely sold!
MrCBM56 - 2/19/2014, 6:59 AM

Havenless - 2/19/2014, 7:00 AM
Trailer was good, except for two parts:

"No.. problem... at... all!" Sounds really forced, especially if you watched it a couple times in a row.

And the worst one was John C. Reilly reading Drax's backstory. What was the point of that? He's making fun of all the other people, and then getting all serious with Batista's path of revenge. That was very out of place.
CinemaHero - 2/19/2014, 7:00 AM
Loving the analysis, it looks like the movie is really detailed. And it actually looks like they blended practical effects and CGI really well!
TheGreenBastard - 2/19/2014, 7:00 AM
I just don't buy John C. Reilly as a member of the Nova Corps.
Cles - 2/19/2014, 7:00 AM
MrCBM. I feel the same way. I was really indifferent at first, since I had already seen a lot of the footage in the SDCC teaser. Then I realized that, more than any other Marvel movie due out, this team needs an introduction to the GA in a one-by-one setting. From that perspective, i took it for what it was, and enjoyed the new footage that they gave us.
MrCBM56 - 2/19/2014, 7:02 AM
My problem with the trailer at first was just the inconsistency of tone. That's really about it, but the more I watch the trailer the more great it is. Plus, it's only a teaser. The full trailer will be here in a couple months, and that they've introduce the characters, we can get now get this thing in full-swing.
Vegeta - 2/19/2014, 7:04 AM

TheGreenBastard - 2/19/2014, 7:04 AM
Oh come now, nothing is "perfect in every single way". Even pornstars get the occasional ass zit.
brazilianbatman - 2/19/2014, 7:04 AM
the make up, the jokes, the music were not very good
TheGreenBastard - 2/19/2014, 7:06 AM
IM3 had Tony call a kid a pussy, and thy was still family friendly......moot point.
MrCBM56 - 2/19/2014, 7:07 AM

I just wanna hug Groot. He looks so cute :P.
TheGreenBastard - 2/19/2014, 7:08 AM
I'd bet that middle finger "edgy" joke won't even make it into the movie, and was used just for the trailer.
TheGreenBastard - 2/19/2014, 7:09 AM
I hope the movie surprises me, and I like it more than the last couple movies.
Vegeta - 2/19/2014, 7:11 AM
"I don't get it, what made it so perfect?"

Well for starters, the tone. It just has this natural bounce. People keep on making comparisons to other movies, but I personally think it feels like its own thing.

Gunn captured the essence of the characters perfectly. Just from this teaser trailer, I can get a feel of what each character is like. All of the Guardians are dripping with personality.
TheGreenBastard - 2/19/2014, 7:12 AM
Here's a question, does an astro sloth move fast?
Vegeta - 2/19/2014, 7:14 AM

I agree, he looks adorable. Marvel seriously have a winner on their hands. Rocket & Groot are going to become pop icons.
TheGreenBastard - 2/19/2014, 7:15 AM
Well no, Gunn captured the essence of the characters in the current series. I'm not the only one that noticed the change in Star Lord in the comics, and the tone of the stories overall with these characters, so they would fit better with a movie they were making.
MrCBM56 - 2/19/2014, 7:17 AM

YEP! I agree.
TheVirgin - 2/19/2014, 7:17 AM
McNyagano - 2/19/2014, 7:17 AM
"But we were encouraged by Marvel to take risks, so we did."

Yes, that's what I like to hear!! :D

Also LOL at the people calling this 'family friendly' after Star Lord just stuck up his middle finger and the 'what a bunch of A-holes' line.
JoJo1982 - 2/19/2014, 7:20 AM

I told U!!!!

That's why this has been my most anticipated movie since i saw it on SDCC
McNyagano - 2/19/2014, 7:20 AM

"I'm not the only one that noticed the change in Star Lord in the comics, and the tone of the stories overall with these characters, so they would fit better with a movie they were making."

What the [frick] you talking about?
TheGreenBastard - 2/19/2014, 7:21 AM
To an extent, but he was a confident leader, and took charge when needed. I'm sure he'll end up that say in the movie, since this is an origin. We'll see, Gunn is a decdnt director though, that's not debatable.
MrCBM56 - 2/19/2014, 7:21 AM

Why are you making sense? People don't like that.
TheGreenBastard - 2/19/2014, 7:22 AM
Personally Cap 2 is the Marvel one I'm looking forward to, I loved the first one.
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