2:44pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' Director Explains Why He Isn't Releasing Comic-Con Footage Online
Responding to complaints about Marvel not releasing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 footage online after it was shown during the studio's Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, director James Gunn explained that it simply wasn't good enough for wide release just yet.
"Of course I want to share with you guys everything. It's important for me to be able to do that," Gunn said Sunday during a Facebook Live broadcast. "But here's the thing: the footage released at Comic-Con will eventually be seen by the public, but in a more finished form. It's very early days. We've only been shooting for a month [and] we presented an entire, huge, scene with Yondu and Rocket and Baby Groot, and then we also presented a special glimpse, just for San Diego Comic-Con, a teaser trailer of sorts. And the visual effects are not finished."
Going on to call himself a perfectionist ("Everything needs to be exactly as I want it to be to be seen in a film, so that it stands up to repeated viewings"), Gunn continued: "The truth is, the Comic-Con footage — 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 effects just aren't finished."
For Comic-Con attendees, though, things are different. "To sit in the audience one time, with an excited crowd, and show them an in-progress piece of film, that's a different story," he said. "Just like if you were a friend of mine, you might come over to my house and I might show you a piece of the movie."
The moral of this story is clear: If you can't make it to Hall H, then seek out and befriend James Gunn. That way, you might see even more of the movie early.