Marvel’s newest franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy, hasn’t even had a chance to prove its mettle at the box office yet, but the comic book empire has already announced a sequel is in the works for a planned release in summer 2017. The announcement was made during Marvel’s highly anticipated panel at Comic-Con over the weekend, per Deadline, when director James Gunn and star Chris Pratt spoke about the film via a video feed from London, where they are busy promoting the movie.
While there is a sequel being planned, the actual performance of the first movie will determine whether Gunn writes and directs the second film as well. “Of course they would want to make a sequel as long as [Guardians] does well and people are excited about it, they’ll wanna do a sequel. So it’s going to happen,” Guardians co-writer Nicole Perlman told The Wrap. “James will be directing Guardians 2, so he would also be writing Guardians 2.”
Gunn has already elaborated a bit on what plot points he’d like to explore in the Guardians sequel. Speaking to Film Divider, Gunn said of the second film: “I know a lot of where I want to go. I have a lot of ideas for stories and characters that are going to appear, and there are documents written up, that some people have, about Peter Quill’s father and his relationship, a lot of stuff about Yondu and a lot of stuff about Drax that nobody knows. There are a lot of things that are part of the overall schematic that already exist, not to mention a lot of stuff about all of the cultures. There’s a lot of stuff about Xandarian and Kree culture that I’ve written down or I have in my head, as well as Krylorians and Ravagers.”