James Gunn Will Direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2′ If First Does ‘Well’ [Updated]

Published 9 months ago by , Updated July 25th, 2014 at 6:04 pm,

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Rocket Raccoon Header James Gunn Will Direct Guardians of the Galaxy 2 If First Does Well [Updated]

[UPDATE: Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman is affirming Gunn’s comments about a possible sequel.]

Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters in less than two weeks, and last night, media participating in the press junket for the film had a chance to see the first media screening. The reactions were very positive which is exactly what Disney and Marvel Studios wants to hear going into Comic-Con next week where it’s expected that they could announce seven films currently scheduled between 2016-19. And you can bet Guardians of the Galaxy is part of that lineup.

Writer and director James Gunn (read our set interview with Gunn here) came on for a segment on the The Adam Corolla Show and spoke about his thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy, how he got the job and in it, he touched on what next potential projects he may work on. Having landed the big budget Marvel gig is affording the writer-director other opportunities already and job offers are coming in, but if GOTG is as successful as Marvel hopes, he’ll instead be going straight to work on a followup.

Gunn is an honest creator and re-wrote virtually the entire Guardians script to fit his vision. Even before the early reactions started coming in, he got the project to a point that he and Marvel are “really happy with it” which – depending on box office and critical results – and we have a hint on the latter – he’ll be working with them again.

“I’m actually in a somewhat weird position because if the movie does well, the I’m gonna make the sequel. And if it does okay then, well, I’ve already been offered other movies but I can only do those other movies if I don’t do the sequel, so it’s a weird situation.”

UPDATE: Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman commented on the possibility of Gunn returning for a sequel – should it happen, that is – during an interview with The Wrap:

“They started to figure it out pretty quick when they started getting the reactions from the audience; it was a very positive reaction. Of course they would want to make a sequel as long as it does well and  people are excited about it, they’ll wanna do a sequel. So, it’s [probably] going to happen.

“… James will be directing ‘Guardians 2’ [if it happens], so he would also be writing ‘Guardians 2.’”

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is critical to the future, long-term story plans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so it’s going to happen with or without Gunn which means you can count on a sequel being announced next week at Comic-Con alongside Marvel’s other Phase 3 plans. With three movies now set for release in the same year (in 2017) from Marvel Studios, we’d bet that’s when we’ll see it hit theaters, giving Gunn a break and three years to develop from start to release.

Without having seen Guardians of the Galaxy, are you excited at the potential of Marvel’s new cosmic team coming back, possibly expanding to include other characters from the comics

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More: What Sold James Gunn on GOTG


Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.

Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6 2016, and unannounced films for July 8 2016 and May 5 2017, July 28 2017, November 3 2017, July 6 2018, November 2 2018 and May 3 2019.

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Source: The Adam Corolla Show

Update Source: The Wrap

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  1. So basically, he’s a lock for the director’s chair then, especially since bad movies (Transformers, Rebootcop) manage to become financially successful anyway so there’s no way a great looking film like this could possibly fail.

    • I would imagine it means critically “Well” as well but given the reactions to last night’s screening, that’s not going to be an issue. Now it’s up to Disney and Marvel’s marketing campaign to push an August release past half a billion at the box office.

    • Heeheheheheeeheheheeee. You are so delightfully silly.

    • Robo cop flopped
      242+ million on a 130 million (without marketing) movie is a misfire considering studios get at most 60% of the box office and dvd revenues ain’t what it used to be.
      It’ll make a little profit after it sells on tv and the studio gets their cut after royalties and union fees are paid for
      But not enough of a profit for a sequel

    • No wonder you can’t bet on box office grosses in Vegas. People like us would be rich! Lol

  2. Hey Rob, any chance you guys have knowledge of whether there is a review embargo for GotG pre-release week?

    • As far as I know, review embargo is day of release.

      • So how do we know these media critics are not in the tank for Marvel Studios? That they are only putting out positive comments at the studio’s request? That’s one thing I don’t like about the embargoes: putting gag orders on the press because it’s afraid negative assessments will scare people off and hurt the box office.

        • They were allowed to Tweet brief reactions in this case.

          • Brief reactions are even more misleading. There’s plenty of time between now and July 31 (or Aug 1 in the US) to re-think their reactions and put out something different. These critics’ Tweets are part of Marvel’s marketing strategy.

            • Are you listening to yourself? Because you sound like you have a chip on your shoulder about something brah.

      • I was under the impression that it varies from movie-to-movie. Like if a studio knows a movie isn’t great and that it won’t be received well, they’re obviously going to want to set an embargo that’s on the movie’s release date. Movies like “The Counselor” for example. However, if a movie has been received well like “Guardians of the Galaxy” has here, two weeks before the movie, I would assume they’d bank on actual reviews being solid as well, and therefore would want them out prior to the release as if to say to people, “Hey, look how great this movie is!”

  3. Everyone’s hoping for Black Panther and Ms Marvel but I doubt Marvel is going to release both of those before Dr Strange 2, Ant-Man 2, Guardians 2 and a solo Hulk.
    Phase 3
    May 6-
    Captain America 3: Fallen Son ft Secret Avengers, Winter Soldier, Black Widow, The Falcon, Agent 13, Coulson etc. (Sin, Crossbones and Baron Zemo plot to kill Cap. They use Psycho Cap to hijack a satellite, introducing SWORD. Carol Danvers cameo. Cap dies turning himself in for Psycho Cap’s deeds. Post-credits Iron Man gives Bucky Cap’s shield.
    Jul 8-
    Dr. Strange ft Scarlet Witch and Iron Fist (vs Baron Mordo and Dormammu.)
    May 5-
    Guardians of the Galaxy 2: War of Kings/ Inhumans crossover ( opens with Terrigen mists and Kree experiments. Black Bolt declares war on Ronan and the Kree. Adam Warlock awoke. Nova Prime introduced. The Watcher introduced. Carol Danvers becomes Ms. Marvel post-credits)
    Phase 4
    Jul 28-
    New Avengers ft Dr. Strange, The Vision, Ms Marvel, Bucky Cap, Ant-Man, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Hawkeye, Falcon, Rhodey, Quicksilver etc. (vs The Hood, Wrecking Crew and Dormammu. The Sentry introduced. Post-credits, The Sentry is psycho!)
    Nov 3-
    The Mighty Thor 3: The Siege of Asgard (Thor kills Bor. Surtur, Loki and The Sentry destroy Asgard. Loki dies. Balder cameo. Beta Ray Bill, Lady Loki and Kid Loki cameos. Loki becomes Kid Loki post-credits)
    Jul 6- The Avengers 3: Infinity War pt1 ( The Guardians and Nova warn The Avengers about Adam Warlock and Thanos. Black Bolt vs Hulk. The Protector Noh Var introduced. The Watcher is killed post-credits.)
    Nov 2- The New Avengers 2 SLASH Ant-Man 2 SLASH Dr Strange 2 (The New Avengers and Defenders in Wakanda. Black Panther introduced. Cap returns post-credits.)
    May 3- The Avengers 3: Infinity War pt2 (Opens with Cap reborn. The Watcher’s death investigated. The Avengers, The New Avengers, The Defenders and The Guardians of the Galaxy vs Adam Warlock and Thanos!)

    • Can you please write for Marvel that idea sounds amazing.

      • @Amir
        Thanks! =)

  4. Yeah there will be a New Avengers movie I mean it does make sense if they introduce Black Bolt, new Captain America, Ms. Marvel, Black Panther, Vision, Scarlet Witch and Quick Silver plus the brand name alone will make it a hit so they don’t have to focus on reboots or being reduced to using the original Avengers’ offspring haha

  5. 2016- Cap 3
    2016- Doc. Strange
    2017- Thanos Origin Movie
    2017- Guardians of the Galaxy 2
    2017- Thor 3
    2018- Avengers 3: Part 1
    2018- Avengers 3: Part 2
    2019- Ironman/Thor team up movie

    • That is the first I have seen of a Thanos Origin Movie, but that would be genius! At the very least they could make it like the Thanos Quest book where it spends a movie showing how he obtains the Infinity gems out of his love for Death.

  6. @SteveRogers your list makes no sense! And why would marvel make a new avengers while still marketing “The Avengers” trilogy? Also they would leave the new characters as stand alone and not do cross overs early on!

    • What else could they do? Marvel can’t keep making solo movies. If GotG is successful next month, which we all know it will be, the ensemble/team-up will be the go-to format.. (Days of Future Past, Guardians of the Galaxy, AoU, F4, Batman/Superman: DoJ, Sin6? JL?)
      Their single character films coming out are Ant-Man, Dr Strange, Cap 3 and Thor 3. Plus GotG 2 and eventually Avengers 3, Dr Strange 2, Ant-Man 2 etc.
      Plus alot of comments on different sites are clamoring for Black Panther, Ms Marvel and Hulk/GotG/Inhumans.
      BatMan Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice will be amazing! My list is basically a way for Marvel to compete with WB/DC.
      They announced 5 dates. 4 out of 5 can’t be solos. Especially if the Big 3 (Evans, Hemsworth, and RDJr) have only a few films left..

      • They’ll split the difference. Make 5 ensemble team-ups: GotG/Inhumans, probably no Hulk. And Guardians 2 and Inhumans separate would be too much build up for Thanos, they just need one “dark, gritty” Cosmic Event film.
        “New Avengers 1,2″ would be a way to knock out an Ant-Man sequel and a Dr Strange sequel while introducing Ms Marvel and Black Panther and keeping at least Captain America semi around, while also tying in the Netflix series. And shoot for marketing they can call it whatever, “Dawn of the Assembling…dotdotdot”
        Then The Avengers 3 pt1 and 2. They have to split that in order to capitalize just a bit more on the remainder of The Big 3′s contracts.

        • Inhumans aren’t really “cosmic” heroes though, they are mostly earth based planted on this planet by the kree millennia ago and evolved almost completely segregated from us

          They only really went into space in any major way during the war of kings event in 2008(ish)

      • I doubt many of the “solo” films if any will go beyond a number 3, maybe guardians as it has lots of scope limited connections to earth and the actors involved are only at the start of their contracts.

        If that’s the case (which is likely due to contracts etc) then you are already freeing up a further 2 slots after phase 3 (Cap and Thor) on top of the space Iron Man is freeing up for phase 3

        Having a “new avengers” would be pointless as most of those characters would just be used as main avengers after RDJ and Evens (and perhaps even Hemsworth) quit after avengers 3. They would be better served using that slot as a Captain Marvel, Inhumans (featuring quicksilver as he eventually marries one of them) or a black panther movie.

        Introducing a whole new team of superheroes as complicated as the Inhumans (who are mainly earth based anyway) in GOTG2 on top of developing the existing characters would be an impossible task for any film maker to do. Then to add onto that introducing important characters like Warlock and Nova its just not feasible. I could see them introducing Nova and Adam Warlock but not the Inhumans, they are far too complex and are mostly earthbound

      • FF GotG and DoFP aren’t team up movies they are just movies about a team of superheroes, its not the same as they aren’t crossovers from other ip’s

        The only true team up movies up there are avengers and bvs

        Why can’t four be solo movies? We know RDJ and (more so) Evens are likely leaving once their contracts are up and even if they don’t completely leave the chances of them doing any film that isn’t an Avengers sequel is unlikely to say the least.

        There are 5 dates announced, one is Thor 3 another is likely Guardians 2, that leaves 3 films. Why bother shoe horning in new characters into existing IP’s or wasting a space on already introduced characters in another team up when you have 3 spaces to introduce and flesh them out new characters fully (with the option to use existing characters as supporting cast like they did with Widow in IM3 and Cap 2)?

        • I hate the lack of an “edit” function

          its meant to read “when you have 3 spaces to introduce and flesh out new characters fully”

          The rogue “them” was left over from my original “when you have 3 spaces to introduce and flesh them out fully”, wanted to specify new characters and messed up the edit :(

  7. Robo cop flopped
    242+ million on a 130 million (without marketing) movie is a misfire considering studios get at most 60% of the box office and dvd revenues ain’t what it used to be.
    It’ll make a little profit after it sells on tv and the studio gets their cut after royalties and union fees are paid for
    But not enough of a profit for a sequel

  8. The global benchmark that GOTG needs to cross to get a sequel is $400 million. (Hell the first Cap film fell short of that mark and still got a sequel.)

  9. When you listen to the podcast you can hear the excitement and passion James Gunn has for the characters the Marvel Brand. And it sounded like we will see a GotG sooner than later from the way Gunn explained his situation. This could mean that the Bruce Banner aka the hulk getting shot into space and meeting up with the Guardians could be more likely.

    • Check out Gunn’s twitter feed.

  10. Marvel has stated that they will continue with one sequel and one new title every year. Their third date in 2017 is in November, which is likely to be Thor as it performs well in those months. If they do GotG2 in 2017 as well, then what would be their 2018 sequel be? Hulk?

  11. God I hope it does well. Saw a sneak of it last night (With missing stinger D:) It was unbelievably wonderful.

  12. guardians of the galaxy is good marvel movies and they annonce guardians of the galaxy 2 coming in 2017 and thor 3 the incredible hulk 2 will also to realese in 2017 and the the future marvel movies the avengers 3,inhuman,black panther,nova,iron fist,captain marvel will in coming in 2018,2019 and james guun will be directing guardians of the galaxy 2 in 2017.