Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' to Face 'Batman vs. Superman'?
When Warner Bros. decided to move Batman vs. Superman, the sequel to last year's Man of Steel, to the release date of May 6th, 2016 instead of arriving in the summer of 2015, we noted that Marvel had an unknown film slated for that same date. It was assumed that maybe Captain America 3 (which will bring back The Winter Soldier directors Anthony & Joe Russo) or maybe Thor 3 (which just hired some writers) could take that spot, or maybe even the gestating Doctor Strange and Black Panther adaptations, but if JoBlo is to be believed, it will be a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel taking the summer release slot.
Though Marvel is all about planning ahead, Guardians of the Galaxy is by far the riskiest part of their cinematic universe so far, and without knowing how the film will perform at the box office yet, slating a sequel for release seems unwise. But that's probably why this information comes from a scoop and hasn't been officially announced. We're betting the sequel won't be officially announced until the first film hits the big screen this August. By then, Marvel will know if they have a hit on their hands and can proceed.
What supports this fact though is that Disney XD is apparently planning an animated series focusing on the Guardians of the Galaxy for 2015, which could act as a bridge between the two films, or at least a way to keep younger fans interested in the characters. At the same time, it seems risky for Marvel to put up their lesser known cosmic superhero team against the likes of Batman and Superman being on screen together for the first time in a live-action film. But maybe they just have confidence in what James Gunn has done with the first film. The footage at Comic-Con looked bad ass, so we have high hopes, but since we've only seen one official photo, we're anxious for a trailer to pop up soon. What do you think?