UPDATE: Variety and THR have now both confirmed LR’s story. Marvel will, indeed, make “Guardians of the Galaxy” their other 2014 movie title, with a May 16, 2014 release date already chosen. Expect an official announcement when Marvel chief Kevin Feige and company do their thing at Comic Con in July.
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POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN “THE AVENGERS”
At least, according to the hombres at Latino-Review. They’ve been more right than wrong in the past, right up to all the “Iron Man 3″ stuff, so I wouldn’t scoff at what they’re saying if I were you. And in a way, it all makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?
According to LR, Marvel’s other film in 2014, besides “Captain America 2″, is none other than the long-rumored “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie. (“Iron Man 3″ and “Thor 2″ is scheduled for 2013, with Marvel planning two films a year.) In many ways, Marvel has already hinted at their intentions of heading off-world with their cinematic universe in the space-themed plot of the first “Avengers” movie, which found one of the Marvel Universe’s most well-known intergalactic bad guy Thanos showing up in an after-credits scene.
LR says Thanos will be sticking around throughout “Guardians of the Galaxy”, though his exact role is unknown. I’m guessing, if true, he’ll be the primary mastermind behind the problem that the Guardians will be tackling, with, one presumes, his presence getting larger (perhaps even becoming the main villain?) in “The Avengers 2″ in 2015. After all, Marvel has shown in the past that they are not in the business of throwing out gratuitous easter eggs at the end of their movies without a firm plan already in place to re-use that character/scene in some important manner in a future movie.
It’s all actually very logical if you think about it. The Avengers have always been a world-saving superteam, and unlike in the comics, where they have their own mansion and other such nonsense, in the movies it would be a bit hard to justify them teaming up again just to fight, say, some Earth-bound bad guy bent on world domination. But an intergalactic baddie like Thanos, bent on galactic domination? That would definitely solve two problems — justifying the Avengers to reform, and jacking up the stakes for the sequel.
Plus, Kevin Feige has said in the past just how much of a soft spot he has for the “Guardians of the Galaxy” title. I personally don’t share his enthusiasm for the team, though I do enjoy the Nova character, who according to LR, will be taking center stage in a “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie.
And oh, finally, the script for a “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie is apparently already done and is said to be “incredible”.
Whatever happens, we’ll know for sure when Marvel brings “Iron Man 3″ to Comic Con next month…