Captain America: Civil War well and truly got Marvel's Phase Three off to a strong start, with an impressive box office run that's so far netted the Chris Evans-led solo movie over $1 billion (currently at $1.14bn, to be precise). With Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange still to come this year, it's perhaps the following year's film, James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, that's high on Marvel fans' most wanted list.
With Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (Vin Diesel), Drax (Dave Bautista), and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) all reprising their roles as the title heroes, new additions such as Kurt Russell, Nathan Fillion, and a rumored Sylvester Stallone are shaping the sequel nicely. Only recently we saw a glimpse of an intriguing storyboard sketch, courtesy of Gunn, but we've also been privy to some behind-the-scenes snippets from Saldana and Pratt himself.
Throughout the creative process, Gunn's been particularly vocal on Twitter and Facebook in regards to how the film's shoot has panned out. He sent fans into a frenzy when he teased a storyboard of a scene involving Quill's father, but refrained from any spoilers, obviously. Now, he's tweeted that the shoot for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has officially wrapped, in what sounds like a hectic but enjoyable time.
And that’s a wrap on #GoTGVol2. WHEW. So much gratitude to my wonderful cast and crew. Thank you all.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 16, 2016
The notion of being so open and inclusive with fans - without giving away spoilers - is a great way of enticing fans back for more... not that they should need any encouragement. By offering teasers throughout the production, which not only gets attention a lot of media attention, it keeps its audience alert and interested. But this could also act as a farewell in what may be the final collaboration between Gunn and his band of space heroes, because he's as-yet unconfirmed to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3; a film that will be an early part of Phase Four.
Come May of next year we'll have a much clearer idea of what this sequel's all about - including who the villain of the film will be - with massive expectations that it'll live up to Gunn's original, where, in truth, every indication points towards another sure-fire hit.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016;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.
Source: James Gunn