Guardians of the Galaxy was a relatively unknown comic book entity when it hit the big screen in 2014. But Marvel Studios being what it is, this D-lister team skyrocketed to popularity in an instant, becoming one of the biggest movies of the year. Chris Pratt, who plays Star-Lord, went from television goofball to a leading man, opening Jurassic World in 2015 and continuing to ride high this year with roles in such anticipated films as Magnificent Seven and Passengers. Naturally, Marvel announced a sequel would be on the way in 2017.
Principle photography for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 wrapped earlier this year, and director James Gunn (who also wrote the script) is currently deep in the process of spearheading post-production on the sequel. However, this doesn’t prevent him from regularly interacting with his fans through his Facebook page and/or Twitter account.
James Gunn shared a set photo recently on his Facebook page, featuring him directing Chris Pratt amidst a bluescreen background. It’s unclear whether this is a recent photo from the film’s reshoots, or if it was taken during principle photography, but its message is clear – Vol. 2 is coming!
Considering there is no actual physical set to be seen in this set photo, it’s anybody’s guess where Star-Lord is in the galaxy. The only real takeaway for fans is that Star-Lord is still wearing his ravager duds from the first film. Plot details for the film are being kept under tight wraps, though Gunn has confirmed that Pom Klementieff will be playing Mantis and that the villainous mastermind Thanos will not make an appearance.
Gunn did reiterate in the comments section that GotG Vol. 2 would make an appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con in Hall H on July 23, so it’s likely that we’ll get more details then. Gunn also made an interesting comment that “new technology” would likely prevent any video presentation from making it out of Hall H. Those hoping for some amateur leaked footage or a public trailer soon will likely be disappointed. “It won’t be released around that time, unfortunately,” Gunn stated. “VFX aren’t finished. One time crowd is fun, but it’s not worthy of being released out into the world.”
Doctor Strange opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
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