Most films from Marvel Studios are introduced to the public, backed by ominous sounding orchestral scores signaling some impending danger that only the world’s greatest heroes can save us from. And that’s how the first Guardians of the Galaxy trailer started. It soon takes a trip a few decades back to some of the most memorable pop hits of the ’70s, which will make up the film’s soundtrack.
At the start of the trailer, Djimon Hounsou’s character (Korath the Pursuer) approaches Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill (a.k.a. Starlord) trying to take an cosmic looking jewel, Indiana Jones style. “Who are you?” he asks.
“Who?” Korath asks, mirroring the thoughts of most people watching the trailer. The Guardians aren’t the Avengers; there’s no Captain America, Hulk or Iron Man in this collective.
“Starlord, man, the legendary outlaw?” Quill asks hopefully.
After that, John C. Reilly’s Rhomann Dey is conducting a police lineup where we meet the rest of the team, including Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot, a walking, talking tree (voiced by Vin Diesel).
But 1:40 into the trailer (below), when a security guard dons Quill’s old-school Sony Walkman (complete with orange foam headphones – an artifact of the ’80s, not the ’70s) we hear what the protagonist was listening to: the Blue Swede hit “Hooked on a Feeling,” a No. 1 hit on the U.S. singles charts in 1974.