After months and months of speculations and teaser images, yesterday the world received their first real taste of the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie in the form of its first trailer. After it's premiere on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, TotalFilm posted an exciting trailer breakdown by directer James Gunn which provided new context to some of the scenes depicted in the trailer, as well as some new information about the movie's story spiraling out of the trailer.
Gunn began by discussing the opening scene of Star Lord investigating a temple-like structure containing an orb and benig confronted by Korath. Fans have commented on the Raiders of the Lost Ark vibe that opening scene gives off, and Gunn is open about how much an influence Indiana Jones has been for him -- and this movie.
"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," Gunn told TotalFilm. "It not only influences how I see Guardians, it influences how I live my life (which means the way for a woman to win my heart is to paint “love you” on her eyelids. Yes, I’m still single, why do you ask?)."
Gunn goes on to discuss the "mugshots" so to speak of the protagnists, pointing out it took 15 people each to visualize the Groot and Rocket Raccoon sequences. The director calls Gamora one of the movie's two "Clint Eastwoods" (along with Nebula), describing them both as "hardasses."
Gunn says all of the heroes of Guardians of the Galaxy are "bastards" at the start of the movie, with the exception of Groot. While Groot is Rocket Raccoon's accomplice, Gunn describes him as "an innocent."
"[Groot is] a hundred percent deadly and a hundred percent sweet," Gunn reveals. "He’s caught up in Rocket’s life, really."
The second half of the trailer is dominated by the thumping beat and music of the song "Hooked On a Feeling," springing out of Quill's retro Sony Walkman seen in the film. Gunn says that the Walkman -- and Quill's retro 80s mixtape -- isn't incidental but a major part of Quill's persona.
"It’s one of the few things he has from Earth," Gunn says, referring to the previously released information that in the movies Quill was taken from Earth at age 8. "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."
Gunn didn't comment much on the scenes of the Milano nor Quill's piloting of it, but did reveal a new bit of information – Korath's spaceships are called Necrocraft, and he has a fleet of them.
Fans who attended 2013's Comic-Con International: San Diego panel will notice several of the scenes here are from the rough-cut trailer shown there, but Gunn points out several new scenes and finalized moments in this week's trailer including the first look of Karen Gillan as Nebula. Notable absences that Gunn says he's saving for a second trailer "in a couple months" are the debuts of Ronan the Accuser (played by Lee Pace), Yondu (played by Michael Rooker) and Nova Prime (played by Glenn Close).