As the trailer threatens that it’s time for the Guardians to “turn to the music”, it’s likely that at least one of our heroes will meet his end. This premonition of tragedy and self-sacrifice is underlined in one of the last moments of the trailer, when Groot (Vin Diesel) screams his father’s immortal last words: “We are Groot!” As he says this, he and Quill (Chris Pratt) seem to be surrounded by an army of enemies, firing like they’re making their last stand. The last time we heard this phrase was a few seconds before Groot died in the original Guardians of the Galaxy.
Several key characters are in obvious danger throughout the trailer. In one scene, Nebula is carrying an unconscious Feather, while in another, Gamora is supporting a badly injured Drax. Praying Mantis (Pom Klementieff), an empath who takes on the emotions of others, cries in pain, almost identical to Quill, who at one point appears to be watching a failed medical procedure. A drawn-out shot from a bloodied instrument is followed by his scream, which may be accompanied by a breathing apparatus. However, of all the major players, Rocket seems to be the most ready to die. “We will all fly away together,” he chokes ominously through his tears. “For the last time, for eternity, it’s a beautiful sky.” The rocket is also seen in one of the trailer’s quick shots, bathed in white, huge, heavenly light.
Gunn may be preparing to cut most, if not all, of the Guardians cast. After all, the director proved his willingness to kill his loved ones in both previous installments, as well as in his version of Suicide Squad. After nearly a decade of playing these roles, the actors may be ready to say goodbye too.
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