Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 test screenings receive a rare perfect 100 score

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Are you hyped for the return of Marvel’s lovable gang of cosmic misfits in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Well, prepared to get more hyped. Hyped-er. The hyped-iest! This increased hype comes from a new report from THR who reveal that writer/director James Gunn’s upcoming follow-up to his breakout 2014 smash hit has managed to pull off a rather remarkable feat.

Like most big studio movies these days, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been subjected to test screenings. This process usually involves the studio recruiting folks off the street in the Los Angeles area who attend an early screening of the movie during which they need to rate it using a card marked poor to excellent, which is then collated and scaled. Unlike most movies though, GOTG2 managed to pull off the very rare accomplishment of a perfect 100 approval score.

This is not an unprecedented accomplishment, but it is a first for Marvel. GOTG2 has now beaten out previous studio high benchmarks set by The Avengers and Iron Man 3, both of which tested in the high 90s. Marvel does their screen tests a little different to most studios though. Instead of random strangers, Marvel makes use of a select pool of friends and families. This may sound like a bit of biased self-congratulation, but the testing is every bit as stringent as the normal screenings.

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By using this method though, Marvel is able to maintain a much tighter lid on their secretive productions. The Star Wars movies on the other hand don’t do any testing at all for fear of leaks, but Marvel have a habit of constantly working on their movie to get the best product out there, whether this be through reshoots, or script reworking. This approach does mean that there’s no way to do a direct comparison between Marvel movies and their competitors though. That being said, it’s worth a mention that Deadpool tested at a 96.

Also, as impressive as GOTG2’s rating is, it has to be mentioned that these scores – which studio execs describe as just “a single tool in a whole toolbox arsenal” used for gauging a film’s reception – aren’t always an assured indicator of a movie’s critical success. Some beloved classics like Pretty Woman only scored in the 70s, while an Oscar winner like Black Swan only made it to the 50s. What GOTG2’s perfect rating actually implies though is that it’s a general crowd pleaser where everybody is going to find something to like. And based on the awesome last trailer we got a few weeks back, there will definitely be a lot for me to like.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is out 5 May and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock and Kurt Russell.

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Last Updated: February 14, 2017

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

  • That’s one rich reviewer right now.

    • PurplePariah

      “friends and family”. Of Marvel execs? Yeah, they’re all rich. And have family islands where they all have their own butlers dressed up as Iron Man and that Scarlett Johanssen character.

      • Must be fun playing life with the cheat codes on

        • PurplePariah

          We call those glitches now. Cheat codes are so 90’s.

      • Original Heretic

        Do I want a Black Widow maid? Where’s the HELL YEAH tick box? I need to place my mark.

    • HairyEwok

      You know who isn’t rich anymore.. Pewdiepie. Guy got sacked. Disney doesn’t like him anymore.

      • He should still be making millions just from YT views alone.

        • HairyEwok

          His views will take a dip after what he’s done though.

  • I am GROOT!

  • Admiral Chief

    My body is ready

    • MonsterCheddar


  • Viking Of Science

    Kervyn, Guardians came out in 2014, not 2015.

    • PurplePariah

      It’s been a long year, forgive him.

      • 2016 broke me. My understanding of how time works is now a bit wonky. Sorry.

  • Aw yis! Back off, he’s mine!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Who? Crisp Rat?

  • DragonSpirit009

    Damn! Can’t wait anymore! The actors are on point! The humor is on point! The hero’s are more badass than superhero’s! Yup this is going to be good!

  • CodeDisQus

    That’sd hella impressive…..can’t wait!

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