Marvel Entertainment debuted what it called a “sneak peek” of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” online Wednesday, teasing the lighthearted science-fiction adventure due for release May 5 by Disney.
“So the 1st #GotGVol2 trailer is coming soon; in the meantime we put together this special sneak peek for you,” the film’s writer-director, James Gunn, 46, tweeted. “To make it clear: the sneak peek just released is NOT a teaser-for-the-trailer; it’s a totally separate piece from the eventual trailer(s).”
Against a version of Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” — the 2014 original film’s signature tune — the nearly 90-second video features Chris Pratt as intergalactic rogue Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord. At one point, he and cohorts Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista) stride through a forest of downed trees. At another, Quill confides to Drax about his unrequited feelings for Gamora. The highly literal Drax, evidently trying to say Quill is a man of pathos, solemnly advises that Quill needs to find “a woman who is pathetic. Like you.”
The video also shows Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper) and Yondu (Michael Rooker) strolling purposefully in slow motion on a catwalk as aliens fall all around them. A seedling-like Groot (voice of Vin Diesel) has a cameo at the end. Antagonist Nebula (Karen Gillan) is seen supplicating, doubtlessly before her off-screen master, Thanos.
“This summer,” reads the tagline, “the galaxy won’t save itself.”
Based on the Marvel Comics series by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the sequel continues the adventures of human-alien hybrid Quill and his antiheroic compatriots as they attempt to unravel the mystery of Quill’s parentage. Gunn previously revealed that Kurt Russell, who is not in the sneak peek, will play Ego the Living Planet, who in the Marvel Cinematic Universe though not the comics is Quill’s father.
The first film, directed and co-written by Gunn, was a $773.3 million global box-office hit.