Guardians of the Galaxy is out and it is a huge hit! The space film is destroying box office estimates and what was once a performance projection of a $60 million domestic opening is now increased to a $95-$100 million opening weekend. It helps when Guardians opened to the largest Thursday night tally in 2014, beating out all other already established Marvel franchises that have been released in 2014 including: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Oh... and it beat the Thursday night total of 2014's top overall grossing film worldwide, (so far), Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Impressive for a Marvel Studios film which was touted as the riskiest movie release for the studio since Marvel announced Iron Man was coming in 2008. Marvel has officially shut up all of its biggest critics and even rubbed it in their faces by green lighting Guardians of the Galaxy 2 a week before Guardians' release, at last weekend's Comic-Con panel. (How's that crow taste now, haters?)
Anyway, and speaking of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, writer/director James Gunn is already working on developing its story and script and has teased on his Twitter account there could be another team member addition in the Guardians sequel.
.@eonline @afeeqdannoDNA I love so many - can't give it away but there should be at least one more Guardian from the comics.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 1, 2014
With Guardians of the Galaxy now being exposed to a large mainstream audience, many may not know some of the other team members from the comics. Gunn could be adding Adam Warlock, Quasar, Moondragon, Captain Marvel, Starhawk or maybe even Nova. Of course Captain Marvel and Nova are two of the biggest names in that list and have been rumored to possibly be in line for a solo movie. But if Marvel Studios cannot figure out how to have their respective solo movies work then an introduction in Guardians 2 could be another option.
Just remember that Guardians 2 is still three years away so a lot can, and will, change between now and then. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 releases in theaters on July 28, 2017.
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