by Brett White
Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" wowed fans during San Diego Comic-Con with cast reveals, wig reveals, and an unexpected thirty seconds of awesome footage. Even though the film had only been shooting for a few weeks, those in attendance got to see every Guardian in action—including the fully CG Groot and Rocket Raccoon. The footage was kept under wraps until it was screened again earlier this month at Disney's D23 Expo, where security must have been a bit more relaxed because cell phone footage of the clip hit the internet hard.
Fans hoped this wide leak would nudge Disney and Marvel towards releasing the footage officially—but director James Gunn says there's absolutely no chance of that happening. "Zero percent chance, sorry!" Gunn said on the subject, according to ComicBook.com. "I know a lot of you have seen the shaky camera footage, but it was made after 12 days if shooting and isn't a true reflection of the awesomeness we're trying to create for you."
Yeah, that might come as a huge bummer to fans out there who missed the footage (although I will nudge you towards Tumblr and the "Guardians of the Galaxy" tag, where "Guardians" goodies may await you), but look at what Gunn is saying: that footage isn't awesome enough to release. And as someone who saw the bootleg version, I can say that the footage definitely overcomes the poor quality and weird angle and is mind-blowingly great. If that's not even an indicator of how good this movie is going to be, then that's a good sign.
The movie looks to be doing a great job of capturing the source material's tone; they've got most of the characters' looks down and they invited essential "Guardians" writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning to the set. This movie's rep just gets better and better every day, and now the legend of its phenomenal San Diego Comic-Con footage will only grow since it's not being officially released.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" opens on August 1st, 2014.
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