So far, all we know about Marvel’s Phase 3 plans is that Ant-Man will kick it off and Marvel has set aside two films for 2016 and one for 2017. Now, if you’re a well-versed comic book movie fan, you can deduce that Thor 3 and Captain America 3 will be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s third act, but the question remains what other films will accompany Ant-Man and these threequels? Well if JobLo.com is correct, a sequel to August’s Guardians of the Galaxy might be in the works.
The website reports that the sequel would take one of the 2016 dates. It would also follow a Guardians of the Galaxy animated series that’s also been rumored to air in Fall 2015 on Disney XD. Aside from what people a saw at the 2013 San Diego-Comic-Con, no official footage from Guardians of the Galaxy has been released yet, although we have gotten a few pictures, such as out first look at Groot. However, with Marvel pleased with what they’ve seen and the fan reaction at Comic-Con, a sequel doesn’t sound that far-fetched.
Again, this is just a rumor for now. However, since Guardians of the Galaxy is mostly taking place away from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it would make sense if Marvel wants to expand the galactic adventures of these mis-matched aliens. Although everything in the MCU is connected, some movies are likely to be off doing their own thing compared to others. Thor: The Dark World was largely self-contained while Captain America: The Winter Soldier is said to lead right into Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Guardians of the Galaxy seems like one of the best movies to have their own separate corner of the MCU. Sure there might be a few references to other movies here or there (especially concerning Thanos), but for the most part it will be self-contained. Not only that, but with the Iron Man movies likely finished and Thor and Captain America reaching their third movies, Phase 3 will probably start focusing on new characters, and the Guardians seem like they would be interesting to expand upon.
Plus, we all knew that you can’t contain the bad-assery of Rocket Raccoon to just one movie.
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