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Did an Internet mistake reveal the possible drop date for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy trailer? Maybe. If we were you, we’d hang by your computer all day next Tuesday, Feb. 18.
That’s when the Twitter feed for Yahoo Singapore mentioned the new trailer for Guardians was going to drop. I saw it. ComicBookMovie saw it. Even ScreenRant saw it. Unfortunately, we also saw them take the Tweet down within minutes, swapping it out with a more generic Guardians photo and tease. But the cat might already have slipped out of the bag.
This shouldn’t be too surprising. We recently reported that the official trailer was classified, and a run time for the clip was shared. We know that Marvel’s busy readying audiences for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, due out in April, but they need to get on the stick and start informing people who (or what) the Guardians will be. Especially if, as rumors suggest, they want to roll right into a Guardians sequel in the immediate future.
The funny thing is, as we’ve been saying, Marvel has Guardians footage ready to go. They showed a great tease in San Diego during last summer’s Comic-Con. That reel leaked online in horrible formats, leaving fans hungry for something substantial. Marvel bought Super Bowl spots, but used them on Cap instead of Guardians.
So, expect a trailer to drop next week, likely on Tuesday. What will we see? In the Comic-Con footage, we saw Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord sneaking into a mysterious facility to steal an object… only he gets caught. The clip builds to an action montage that introduces the team: Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel).
Marvel has to build in some ramp-up time to Guardians, because it won’t be such a cut-and-dried sell as a new Cap movie, or a fourth Iron Man with a sarcastic Tony Stark. This is an unusual team, with unusual characters. For instance, ScreenRant has concept animations in GIF form suggesting how the weapon-wielding Rocket will interact with Groot. It’s fantastic, but mainstream audiences might find it strange.
This will all make more sense when we see the new trailer. Which should be Tuesday. We think. Guardians opens everywhere on August 1.