GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Scores “Extremely Rare” 100 in Test Screening
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the upcoming sequel to Marvel Studios’ 2014 smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy, has “tested higher than any Marvel Studios movie in the company’s nine-year history,” THR reports. The film landed an unprecedented score of a perfect 100. The previous record holders were Iron Man 3 and The Avengers, both which scored in the high 90s, according to Marvel’s internal metrics.
Unlike other studios — who recruit individuals from surrounding areas and have the test screenings audience rate the film on a scale of excellent, very good, good, fair and poor — Marvel Studios “culls from a more select pool of recruits,” what the Disney-owned studio calls “friends and families screenings.” The “vigorous testing procedure” has been used by the studio since Marvel Studios’ first feature, Iron Man, in 2008 and has since been used as a way for Marvel to maintain a tighter grip on security and prevent leaks of footage and spoilers.
And while everything from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is looking top-notch — there’s the debut trailer and the followup Super Bowl extended TV spot — THR’s report comes with an asterisk, noting that “the 100 score for Guardians 2 is not necessarily able to be compared to other non-Marvel movies” because Marvel’s testing process isn’t as random as comparable test screenings conducted by other studios. While the site adds that test screenings are “not indicative of a movie’s box office performance or reviews,” it’s fair (and easy) to expect Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to prove itself an even bigger smash hit than its predecessor when the blockbuster hits theaters on May 5th.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reunites Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel as the Guardians, with Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker reprising their roles as Nebula and Yondu, respectively. Pom Klementieff joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Mantis, with Kurt Russell joining as Ego, Star-Lord’s interplanetary father.