Batman vs. Superman vs. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in 2016?

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I think it’s almost a sure bet that Marvel will eventually move on a sequel to James Gunn’s upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie. The studio has long-term planning down to a science, and given the large canvas of potential intergalactic stories that have gone entirely untapped by cinema, I’m sure Gunn’s “Guardians” isn’t the first and last time they’re going out there.

So the question is, when can we expect a “Guardians of the Galaxy” sequel–assuming, of course, that “Guardians of the Galaxy” doesn’t tank like a big ol Sherman going into the Pacific Ocean later this summer?

Batman Superman Comic BookAccording to the Joes over at Joblo.com, they have it on good authority (aka an anonymous source) that Marvel is looking to take on D.C./Warner Bros.’ “Batman vs. Superman” with a sequel to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” making it one of their Phase 3 movies, which is expected to kick-off with Edgar Wright’s “Ant-Man” in 2015.

Obviously Marvel was never going to let D.C./Warner dominate the superhero box office with Zack Snyder’s “Batman vs. Superman” all by their little lonesome in 2016. The studio is already moving forward on a “Thor 3″ and a “Captain America 3,” and it’s expected they’ll be adding more to their plate in the coming years as part of their Phase 3 plans. Some are hoping for a Black Panther movie, while studio chief Kevin Feige hasn’t been shy about his love for a Doctor Strange flick. And let’s face it, what Kevin Feige wants, he usually gets. After all, he’s the guy who wanted a “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie, and guess what’s coming later this year?

Until then, the guardians guard their galaxy this August 1, 2014. Unless it’s a total train wreck and a box office bomb (which is unlikely), a sequel should be forthcoming. The question is: will it be big enough to take on Superman and Batman combined?

We shall see…

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