On Monday, July 7, Marvel hosted free first look events for their upcoming film, Guardians of the Galaxy, at IMAX theaters throughout the country. Whether you missed out because you didn’t hear about the event or you weren’t willing to make the trip to the theater for “just 17 minutes,” here’s everything you need to know.
Seventeen minutes may not sound like much, but the first look screening, though brief, didn’t lack for value. A clip of director James Gunn speaking about his efforts to make the IMAX experience of the film a truly immersive one ran ahead of the footage, and then the real fun began. (If you don’t want a few details on what happened in the footage shown, it’s probably best to quit reading now and merely skim the observations below.)
Fans were treated to a sequence that presumably comes in early in the film, and serves to establish the roguish anti-hero nature of this team. We first see Peter Quill, Gamora, Rocket Racoon, Groot and Drax the Destroyer being processed and then quite unceremoniously dumped into the kyln (a rough looking prison, with a rough looking group of prisoners). Our hapless heroes abruptly get into a scuffle, throw down to prove how tough they are and are in the beginnings of carefully planning an escape, when circumstance forces them to improvise.
The choice of footage was a perfect taste of the film; it exhibited action and humor, and most importantly let those unfamiliar with the comics know exactly who the Guardians are and what they are all about. Even those who attended, however, will have to wait until the full film is released to get their first glimpses of Karen Gillian, Glenn Close, Josh Brolin, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro and Nathan Fillion in action outside of a few fleeting glimpses in trailers.
Read on for a few major takeaways gleaned from the footage. And head on over to Marvel's Guardians page to see the new, extended trailer that screened following the sequence.