Guardians of the Galaxy 2 director
Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: At the end of the Marvel Studios presentation at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International, Marvel head Kevin Feige played a video of Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and director James Gunn announcing that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be released on July 28th 2017.

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Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn will return to write and direct the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel. The entire Guardians cast is also expected to return. James tweeted out the following after the presentation:

So here is what the Marvel Studios release calendar now looks like:

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015
  • Ant-Man on July 17, 2015
  • Captain America 3 on May 6, 2016
  • Untitled July 8, 2016 (which we believe will be Doctor Strange since that film has a director attached, putting it next in line).
  • May 5, 2017
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on July 28, 2017
  • November 3, 2017
  • July 6, 2018 (Could be Avengers 3, because it was three years between the first and second films)
  • November 2, 2018
  • May 3, 2019

Here is the previous story from Germain Lussier:

Last week, I asked if it would be able to let anyone else play with these characters, considering he was such an author of the first film.

Nope. Nope. [Marvel] will do what they want eventually but I’ll have a very hard time letting go of Rocket and Groot.

Talking to Screenrant, though, he was a bit more specific:

I’m actually in a somewhat weird position because if the movie does well, then I’m gonna make the sequel. And if it does okay then, well, I’ve already been offered other movies but I can only do those other movies if I don’t do the sequel, so it’s a weird situation.

Guardians of the Galaxy ends with the declaration they’ll return so this isn’t a huge surprise in anyway. The bigger question is, when will the film be scheduled for release (especially considering Zoe Saldana’s Avatar shooting schedule) and who will appear.

The first Guardians of the Galaxy his theaters August 1.

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team–the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand–with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

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