At Comic-Con International, Marvel Studios announced that a sequel to “Guardians of the Galaxy” is in the works and will be released on July 28, 2017.
The reveal was made at Marvel’s panel in Hall H on Saturday, with a special video recorded in London by “Guardians of the Galaxy” writer-director James Gunn and lead actor Chris Pratt.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” may not arrive until next week, but early buzz has been extremely positive, and the early announcement of a sequel shows that Marvel has faith in Gunn’s vision.
It was recently confirmed by Marvel producer Kevin Feige that Josh Brolin (“No Country For Old Men,” “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”) will be portraying the cosmic super villain Thanos in “Guardians of the Galaxy” and subsequent films. During the panel, after showing footage from next year’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Brolin joined the cast on stage, wearing a toy version of Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet.
After “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Thanos will play a role in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” before showing up again in “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” and the third untitled “Avengers” movie.
“Guardians of the Galaxy 2” marks the fourth film to be confirmed for Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Ant-Man” kicks things off on July 17 of next year, followed by “Captain America 3” on May 6, 2016. “Doctor Strange” has also been announced, with Scott Derrickson (“Sinister”) attached to direct, but no release date has been set.
Marvel is also developing a script for “Thor 3” and has secured seven other release dates between 2016 and 2019 for various untitled films.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” will be in theaters starting next week, and it stars Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Karen Gillen and Benicio del Toro.