“Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” opens this weekend and is obviously in the final stretch of promotion. The film already grossed $101.2 million at the international box office this weekend Tracking data for overs hovered around $85 million so clearly the film exceeded expectations and the film has soared passed $130 million since). Clearly the film poised for similar success in North America if not much higher.
But Marvel and Disney are not done promoting the poster and today James Gunn released a few new posters over Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. All of them are throwback posters with nods to popular movies you know: the classic “Star Wars” before it was subtitled “A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and a third poster inspired by Richard Donner’s classic adventure film “The Goonies,” (the latter made by Poster Posse) it’s all pretty visually impressive stuff that mimics the originals quite well.
Meanwhile, while we’re talking about Gunn and his social media pages, the director has written on Facebook playing down spoilers—perhaps because of the five post-credit scenes at the end of the movie some of which have been spoiled.
“There are studies that show spoilers don’t really spoil anything,” he wrote. “In a good story, our brains feel just as much pleasure whether or not we know the plot point ahead of time – and a new sort of pleasure emerges when we’re piecing together the story we know is leading to some already-known element.
“So, if you’ve accidentally heard about a surprise in Vol. 2, worry not – you will still be able to heartily enjoy the film. Not only because spoilers don’t matter, but because we’ve created a movie where the story, humor, visuals, music, and emotion don’t rely on surprises even if they did, and that you’ll have a blast whether or not you know a spoiler or two before going in.”
Not all audiences will agree I’m sure, but we can say from firsthand experience, the post-credits in ‘Guardians 2’ aren’t really anything revelatory and barely connect to the Marvel Cinematic Universe if at all. Additionally, in case you haven’t heard the director says the Guardians will be supporting characters in “and the film has soared passed $130 million since)” and not the main players.
“We definitely will have a strong presence, but we are playing supporting cast – you know what I mean? We’re there to help them tell an awesome Infinity War story,” the actor told Nerdist. “But Guardians is cosmic. It is its own special off-shoot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
Either way, “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” opens on May 5th and where artwork is concerned, their (fan-led) poster game is strong.