At the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con, the first sneak-peek footage of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was screened. However, this was an exclusive and private occurrence that took place in Hall H, where only a few fans of the franchise could get a glimpse at what the filmmaker has to offer in the upcoming Marvel phase. Due to this, fans on the internet were puzzled about the lack of exposure given to the teaser; a direct nod at it not being released publicly and online. Some even took to Twitter to express their disappointment. James Gunn, in a reply, addressed the issue — and not-a-shocker, it’s the VFX.
James Gunn Addressed A Fan’s Query On Twitter
Following the screening of the footage at SDCC, several fans of Guardians of the Galaxy took to Twitter to emphasize the lack of public exposure to the screenwriter’s brilliance. One such fan, in their tweet, tagged the filmmaker and said, “Wish we all could’ve experienced the Guardians trailer yesterday.”
An exclusive SDCC-screened footage does devoid the people of the taste of Gunn’s cinematic flavor. However, the director stated the real reason behind holding off on a public trailer release for the upcoming Phase 5 Guardians movie, simply because of the following reason:
I wish you could have too. But it’s not just Marvel, it’s also me. Although I love the teaser some VFX aren’t where I’d want them to be for repeated views & close inspection – remember we didn’t wrap long ago – so you’ll have to wait just a beat! Sorry! https://t.co/NAz0gIedo8
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 25, 2022
Yes, you’ve got that right. It’s the VFX. Nobody can deny that Gunn has a valid point in not wanting to release a lack-luster, haphazard trailer which would likely mount up to Taika Waititi’s level of CGI, as seen in Marvel Studios’ recent release, Thor: Love and Thunder. The director also explained that it is not the studio who’s to be blamed, it is also him — as some of the VFX were not exactly placed the way Gunn wanted them to be, especially for further dissection by fans. Since the shooting was finished in May, which is quite recent, it would take time for the VFX artists to work through a perfect trailer, and time is precisely what they need.
James Gunn simply urged the fans to “wait just a beat!” and we expect nothing less from the perfectionist.
Marvel Studios Under Fire For Mistreating VFX Artists
The fans of the MCU on Twitter were mostly reasonable in their approach towards the issue; many agreed with Gunn, as they, too, fear an outcome that is likely to mirror the CGI that was seen in Thor 4, as well as the She-Hulk teasers. Following are some of the tidbits about what the fans had to say:
Compare that to Thor or MoM… not even in the same league. Green screen in MCU is poor at best
— Rational DC Fan (@DcRational) July 20, 2022
Definitely can tell. The leaked trailer definitely has some rough CG so it’s admirable Gunn wants it fully polished before showing it publicly.
— Lucasio (@itslucasio) July 25, 2022
Those VFX workers are severely overworked.
— Joshua (@xpatsxjoshx) July 25, 2022
You see THIS? Some of the filmmakers at Marvel Studios should follow James Gunn's example when it comes to treating VFX artists with respect. I hope that these artists will be able to take as much time on these future Marvel projects as they can. https://t.co/u6ztMPntJE
— Rolan Sherwani (@RolanSherwani) July 25, 2022
Some, on the other hand, were not as reasonable. And to that, Gunn had an appropriate reply.
Because when you see a VFX shot on screen for half a second it’s a lot different than watching it 100 times or taking a screenshot of it on your computer and dissecting it (not that anything holds up to that but I can get close!) I love the teaser btw. https://t.co/FkHFT3lxkz
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 25, 2022
Patience is of virtue, and thankfully, most fans are aware of it. However, for the excited crowd who cannot wait for the official trailer release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 — unfortunately, wait is what you ought to.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will reportedly hit the theatres on May 5, 2023.