The reviews of Guardians of the Galaxy have been nothing but good (well, 97% good), so it’s no surprise that Marvel’s pushing things into high gear even before the movie comes out. Now on the horizon: an animated show for Disney XD and a sequel, natch. But who’s directing the latter?
That would be Guardians director James Gunn, whom Marvel has wisely decided to keep on-board for the second film. A release date of July 28, 2017 was announced Marvel’s SDCC panel. It’s not the most flashy news—a sequel to a blockbuster superhero movie, wow—but it’s good all the same. I had the chance to see Guardians last night, and I can add my voice to the chorus saying it’s excellent. Gunn managed to fit an impressive amount of curse words into it (mostly sh*ts, b*stards, and b*tches), and as a foulmouthed sonofagun myself, I appreciate that.
As for the cartoon, it’ll be airing on Disney XD at some point probably in the near future. That’s all we know for sure. Collider points out that Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket Racoon, Groot, and Drax the Destroyer were voiced by Chris Cox, Nikka Futterman, Seth Green, Kevin Michael Richardson, and David Sobolov on Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, so there might be some overlap there.
Marvel Animations’ Senior Vice President Eric Radomski said at SDCC that their goal is to “get [the Guardians] into the minds of everybody who might not know about them.” There was also a minute-long trailer screened at SDCC; it hasn’t leaked, but Geek Magazine has a description:
The 60-second clip opens to a futuristic city scape, with Rocket Raccoon evading a laser shooting probe. Rocket jumps off a tall structure, rolling on his back as he blasts the probe. An unseen voice says “Hey, fuzzy,” and is revealed to be Star-Lord. ”if we’re going to be hanging out together you’re going to need bigger blasters.” The scene fades to the Guardians of the Galaxy logo and the fans in Hall H presumably go wild.
Disney XD also renewed Avengers Assemble and Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of Smash.