All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer

The latest trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy makes a strong case that we're looking at the summer's most fun movie, bar none. But it's also jam-packed with complicated mythos and backstory. So let's break it down, screencap by screencap, gif by gif, and unravel the secrets of Starlord, Rocket Raccoon and the gang.

Advertisement

Spoilers ahead...

First up, a big thank you to Kevin Garcia for ferreting out a lot of the secrets from the teasers over the weekend, over on Observation Deck. Thank you, and well done. So without re-treading a lot of what we already covered in our first screencap roundup, let's break out the new surprises in this trailer.

First up it's a new version of the original Peter Quill introduction we saw in the first trailer. This new version reveals two additional things about the Star-Lord. One, that he knows he's from Earth. And two, that the Star-Lord mask can disappear right off his face. Fancy new space tech!

In our on set interview with Chris Pratt, he revealed what Peter knows about his past:

Peter Quill is a guy who's half-human, half-alien. We know the movie starts on Earth, but is set mostly in space. I'm kind of curious, is the character more informed by who he was on Earth or is he more informed by who he has become in space?

No, at this point he's definitely more informed by who he was on Earth. The arc of the character, it's a very human arc. It's really based on who he was and what was taken from him as a kid. And something that he missed and lacks that he has to gain through the course of the movie. That's definitely what we're focusing on...When he leaves Earth he's a kid. He's like nine or ten. ... You get to see the origin of who he is and why he is the way he is when you meet him as an adult later in space.

Advertisement

Pratt elaborated that the Peter Quill the audience is meeting is young, and looking for his big payout moment. Trying to get the big score, or lottery ticket, that will fix all his troubles. And I'm betting this witty exchange between Djimon Hounsou, playing Korath the Pursuer, is one of those alleged moments.

Next up, a shot of Star-Lord's Milano Spaceship, in space.

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

First shot of the group all together. Peter narrates, "So here we are..." Note the great aliens in the background.

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

"A Thief..." [holding that orb again]

Advertisement

Gif via iamnevertheoneiamnevertheone.tumblr.com

Incidentally, that orb he's tossing up and down is the one that he stole from the tomb where Korath found him in the first trailer, and it looks like the crowd is confronting him about it.

Advertisement

"two Thugs (meaning Rocket Raccoon and Groot)"

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

"an Assassin (Gamora)"

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

"and a Maniac (Drax the Destroyer)."

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

We've already spent A LOT of time breaking down this team, so if you want to know more about each character's amazing backstory (Gamora is the "daughter" of Thanos) check out our last trailer dissection. But let's move on to what's new in this trailer.

Like our first footage of the movie's Big Bad, Ronan the Accuser.

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

Who is not messing around. Ronan the Accuser is a Kree who plays a key role in the Kree-Skrull War as well as Annihilation, so it's great that we're getting to meet him in this film.

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

Ronan is played by Lee Pace. Unfortunately, his amazing eyebrows are covered up in this very blue costume. But he still looks very intimidating.

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

Here's Ronan taking part in single combat against another dude, in a mystery arena, with four cloaked figures surrounding them:

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

So how does Ronan threaten to destroy the galaxy? We don't know, but at one point, the trailer shows him closing his fist around something bright:

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

And it seems to trigger an explosion, killing lots of people:

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

Also, here's one of Ronan's "Necrocraft" bombing the surface of a planet:

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

Ronan also has a purple glowing weapon that he unleashes on the Guardians:

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

Here's one of Ronan's minions that the gang will have to fight, who may or may not be the Sakaarans from Planet Hulk, if one toy is to be believed:

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

And here's Glenn Close as Nova Prime. Think of her as the boss of the "space cops." The Nova Corps are pretty similar to the Green Lantern Corps in the DC Universe, only without any little blue men running everything. And behind her you can see the new, updated Nova Corps uniforms. Looks great.

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

But perhaps the most EXCITING reveal was Knowhere:

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

For those of you who missed it, Knowhere is the floating, decapitated head of a Celestial that's been turned into a space port. Yes that is a giant head, that now exists as a docking station. And I gotta say, it kind of looks badass. In fact I kind of like the rotting, spinal cord hanging out the back. Really just wonderful stuff. Looks even better in "real life" than it does in the comics (which is rare).

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

Another big tease in this trailer is the big fight between Gamora and the villain Nebula (Karen Gillan).

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

Which Gunn has shared the absolute cutest behind the scenes shots of:

Advertisement

Also maybe that fight didn't go so well, because some commenters (thanks) think Gamora has lost her arm in this image. Personally, I just think Zoe Saldana is just THAT good.

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

Benecio del Toro makes a SHORT appearance as The Collector, whom we met briefly at the end of Thor: The Dark World. He appears to be outside of his museum. Which... is... interesting...

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

The almost-kiss (under a gorgeous sky).

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

The Milano being chased by a zillion ships, through some kind of electromagnetic blowup over that planet's surface:

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

A completely bonkers shot of Drax:

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

Peter's "Awesome Mix Vol. 1" And lots of old trappings from his youth on Earth in the 1980s. Spotted scratch and sniff stickers, ALF, Garbage Pail Kids, Troll Doll.

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

We also get to see some of Peter's other gear, including his boot jets:

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

And a neat rocket launcher:

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

This is also the first time we get to hear Bradley Cooper really "talk" as Rocket Raccoon. He has a whole bit of dialogue — and here's an excellent shot of Rocket's ship.

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

Gunn has called Rocket the "soul" of the movie. In an interview with Digital Spy Gunn elaborated on the harsh reality of Rocket's origins, and what that's going to do to him (and the members of the team).

It really means that this is a movie that has a talking raccoon in it, and it's very important that it is not the Avengers with Bugs Bunny in the center of it. It's really important that Rocket is a real creature, and I love him, and he is the heart of the movie. He's the most representative of the Guardians in that he is this mangled beast that was taken and experimented on and torn apart and put back together, and we have to feel that character's soul. If we feel that character's soul and we know him and we love him, we see his plight and see why he is such an angry little guy, then the movie will work.

Advertisement

Many thanks to James Gunn, for now we have a visual of what it looks like when a CG Raccoon "adjusts" himself.

Advertisement

Gif via malejeremyrennerfanmalejeremyrennerfan.tumblr.com

And last but far from least, Groot gets some great moments in the trailer. At one point, he seems to be releasing spores (or fireflies) upwards, to everyone's wonderment:

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer

And growing new twigs in an especially tense moment:

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

And giving a flower to a little girl:

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

But most of all, saying his catchphrase...

Illustration for article titled All The Wildest Secrets In The New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Advertisement

And finally, because I'm obsessed with Groot and his new voice, saying "I am Groot," here is a vine with Groot saying his one and only classic line on loop. You're welcome.

Advertisement

DISCUSSION

craigmichaelranapia
Craig Michael Ranapia

I'm Glenn Close - laugh at my ridiculous space hair and die. Slowly and horribly. Because I'm GLENN FRAKING CLOSE.