Marvel Studios is releasing two movies this year, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. While most believe that the Captain America sequel will set up The Avengers: Age of Ultron, set for release in 2015, Guardians of the Galaxy is expected to be sort of an one-off, with characters and storylines that have little to do with the existing cinematic universe. Because the film is seen as an offshoot, some don’t expect it to be as successful as the studio’s previous films. However, the Marvel apparently feels differently about the film’s chances for a hefty box office, and may have already penciled in another chapter.
According to JoBlo’s inside sources, Marvel is already planning for a Guardians sequel, well before the first has even been released. The best thing the film has going for it is that it’s from Marvel Studios, but it’s still unclear if the film would be successful enough to warrant a sequel film.
At the moment, Marvel has blocked off May 6, 2016 with an “Untitled Marvel 2016 Project.” This is now believed to be the release date for Guardians 2. This spot was presumed to be held for movies like Captain America 3, Thor 3, Doctor Strange, or even Black Panther, for proposed phase three of Marvels cinematic world takeover, but now it seems that could have changed.
Keep in mind, neither Marvel nor Disney has made this official yet, so take this report with a grain of salt. It’s likely that studio is playing any possible sequel close to the vest, waiting to see if the cosmic superhero movie is a success or not. Marvel does have a track record of planning their films way in advance, unlike other comic book movie studios out there…
Speaking of which, Warner Bros and DC Comics Entertainment has the Man of Steel sequel, AKA Batman Vs. Superman, which was pushed from July 2015, on May 6, 2016. It’s going to be interesting to see the two rival comic book companies go up against each other in a winner-take-all, head-to-head, box office challenge. If that’s the case, the Man of Steel sequel will most likely win out, considering the hype machine behind the film. It has big name characters, like Batman and Superman, and actors, like Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, not to mention the box office success of Man of Steel last summer.
Twentieth Century Fox also has the third film in the X-Men reboot, X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, slated for release at the end of May 2016 on the 27th. It’s going to be an over-saturated good time at the movies.
Guardians follows Peter Quill, a half-human, half-alien former astronaut. He is in the middle of a galaxy-wide manhunt after he steals a mysterious orb, believed to be one of the Infinity Gems. In order to escape, Quill is forced into an uneasy alliance with a group of cosmic misfits and outlaws. When he learns of the orb’s true power, he must rally his new team to save the galaxy from a mysterious new threat, the Kree Empire and Ronan the Accuser.
The Marvel movie stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Benicio del Toro, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Rooker, Olivia Lovibond, John C. Reilly, and Glenn Close. Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters everywhere on August 1st.