Last night, I was treated to a special sneak peek at Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy IMAX 3D presentation.  I arrived at the theater about an hour early, and you could just tell by who was in line as to which line I was supposed to be in.  It was almost like a line for something at Comic Con, but without the cos-players.  People wearing Star Wars shirts and hats, cell phone covers with a familiar blue police box on them, and me in a Marvel T-shirt.  Once we were in the theater and seated, I heard the guys next to me talking about BBC’s “Sherlock”.  I may not have known anyone there, but I was definitely among friends.

After the live intro from the Disney rep who was present, the theater went dark and we all donned our 3D glasses.  Director James Gunn (who was not in 3D) gave us a brief intro before the screening began, after which, our feature presentation…

I was fully expecting to get clips from different scenes.  I was not expecting to see what appeared to be 17 minutes of continuous footage that started from the time our band of misfits is being “checked in” at the Kyln prison.


James Gunn himself bragged about how good the 3D was coming along in a Facebook post he shared with everyone last month…

Getting back to what we saw…

We saw the “lineup” where Rhomann Dey (John C. Reilly) goes over each of the convicts and their rap sheets before incarceration.  The best part of this entire scene was Peter Quill’s “imminent obscene gesture”, it wasn’t censored anymore.

GOTG-Obscene Gesture Imminent
I’m not sure if that’s how it’s gonna go down in the final print but either way, the gag is still funny.

Fast forward a bit and we see the new inmates being processed.  Part of that processing was being hosed down with some sort or orange colored spray.  Not sure if this was a decontamination thing or just to give them that fresh spray tanned look.

As in the previous trailer, Quill walks by a room where someone’s messing with his Walkman.  Only this time, Blue Suede’s cover of “Hooked on a Feeling” sets the mood of the scene a little differently.  Quill’s being repeatedly zapped by a cattle prod while it plays in the background.  Nothing like being tortured to one of your favorite songs to ruin it forever for you, right?

As soon as our new inmates are settled in there’s already trouble with the other inmates.  Groot sets things straight though by sticking his fingers up the other guy’s nostrils.  Groot can make any part of him grow at will, and I nearly thought he was gonna pop roots out the other side of the guy’s head!

Rocket then tells the others that he has a plan for escape.  Did they miss the part on Rocket’s rap sheet where it said that he has 14 counts of escape from incarceration?Rocket steals the show in this scene.  Not only is he tough, but smart!
Reminds me of another genetic experiment that we’ve all come to know and love…


There’s a LOT more I could say about the prison break scene, but I don’t want to spoil it for you.  I will say that it’s both action-packed and hilarious and our soon to be heroes escape quite quickly.

After the footage was done (and everyone applauded) we then got to see the final trailer which is set to  The Runaways “Cherry Bomb”.
Cherry Bomb, along with Blue Suede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” (featured in previous trailers) and other songs from Peter Quill’s “Awesome Mix Vol.1” will be released on 6/29.  For those of you who want to get down with some 70s nostalgia, you can pre-order it over at Amazon using this link.

For those of you who haven’t seen the newest trailer, or just want to see it again), here it is…