Yesterday, Marvel fans were hooked on a feeling when the studio presented their lucky audience with teaser footage from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The upcoming sequel recently wrapped shooting in Georgia this summer, causing fans to wonder when an official trailer would drop. But, while there were clips debuted at San Diego Comic Con, director James Gunn has explained why that footage won't be released publicly just yet.
Taking to Facebook, the director spoke to fans directly in an attempt to answer their collectively distraught question of, "Why aren't you guys releasing the footage from SDCC??"
Gunn said, "Of course I want to share with you guys everything. It's important to me to be able to do that, but here's the thing. The footage we released at Comic Con will eventually be seen by the public but in a more finished form." He went on to explain that, "It is very early days. We've only stopped shooting for a month. We presented an entire huge scene with Yondu and Rocket and Baby Groot. And then we also presented some special glimpses, [a] 'just for San Diego Comic Con' teaser trailer of sorts. The visual FXs are not finished."
So, right now, the only thing standing between the Internet and a GotG Vol. 2 trailer is visual FXs. Isn't that a shame? Still, Gunn went on to explain his and Marvel's rationale for holding off on the footage.
"I'm a perfectionist. For the people who follow me, [they] know that everything needs to be exactly as I want it to be to be seen in a film so that is stands up to repeated viewings," Gunn said. "The truth is the Comic Con footage - you know, which we trended last night!.Baby Groot trended last night. Guardians trended last night. We did extremely well just by people spreading the word. But it's not something that I nor Marvel are comfortable with being out there and standing up to repeated viewings because the visual FXs just aren't finished. And, if I do something, I want to do it 100% correctly. However, [to show it] to an audience one time with an excited crowd - to show them an in-progress piece of film, it's a different story."
Given how much time and effort Gunn has put into the GotG franchise, I think we can all give him a break for wanting to make sure the product he releases is well-tested. After all, he's doing everything he can to make sure fans have their expectations blown out of orbit when they eventually see the trailer.
So, for now, here's to hoping that Marvel's Visual FX department finishes up their end of the job as soon as humanly possible. While us comic book fans are often generous ones, we do also tend to be impatient.