Marvel Will Bring 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' To The Big Screen In 2014 Instead Of 'Black Panther'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
June 28, 2012 4:49 PM
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Update: Variety has confirmed that Marvel is moving ahead with "Guardians Of The Galaxy" for a May 16, 2014 release instead of "Black Panther" which was also under consideration. Nicole Perlman, part of the Disney screenwriting program, has penned a script that has apparently been well received by the studio. Don't expect much at Comic-Con about the movie as it's expected that Marvel will focus on "Iron Man 3," but with two years to go, there is lots of time for the studio to carefully roll out their plans for 'Guardians.'

While nothing is official from Marvel until they issue a press release, and given that until that time they will stay mum and tend to deny everything (including these rumors), signs are pointing toward "Guardians Of The Galaxy" being the next movie announced from the studio, expected to take the open 2014 release date. The first rumblings came from reports that the studio had filed a bunch of trademarks for "Guardians Of The Galaxy," and now there is somewhat firmer word coming down from a site that tends to have insiders in the know.

Latino Review is reporting that Marvel will use Comic-Con to unveil "Guardians Of The Galaxy" as their second 2014 movie (the other being "Captain America 2"), with the movie arriving on May 16, 2014. As the site notes, the team of superheroes does meet up with The Avengers in the comics, so perhaps in the mega-Marvel universe of movies, this could be a good way to set up a supersized sequel to the hit movie that is still crushing the box office. And there have already been hints from honcho Kevin Feige that the next movie to be announced won't be directly connected to The Avengers. "Our next step will be to introduce a character outside the Avengers' world," he recently told Empire.

Now, if we want to play with semantics, note that he said "introduce a character" (singular) not plural, which makes us wonder -- what about Black Panther? It was only last month that Latino Review themselves has posited that would be the next Marvel standalone character to get a movie, and curiously, they don't refer to that report at all here. Was their intel wrong on that point? Since that report dropped, the rumblings have been that it was inaccurate, and 'Guardians' seems to be a safer bet. But again, we won't know until Marvel decides to let everyone in on their plans, and that won't be for a few weeks yet.

So is Marvel hoping to recapture the team-up magic of 'Avengers' with 'Guardians'? Do you think that's the right next step for Marvel, and if not, what character would you rather see? Sound off below.

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7 Comments

  • Matthew Simpson | June 29, 2012 1:45 PMReply

    Yay Nicole! Good to see fellow graduates of the Disney program doing well. I hope she has a long and fruitful career ahead of her.

    I made a compilation of apps to help fellow screenwriters get ahead in the industry, if anyone is interested:

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  • Mike | June 28, 2012 11:09 PMReply

    It'd be really weird if 'Phase 2' didn't involve building up a few more solo characters for The Avengers sequel, so I'd think Black Panther would still be in the offing before that, it's just that this project was further along in pre-production. We know Ant-Man is moving forward with Edgar Wright shooting a test real this year so I hope we get both those solo movies before The Avengers 2.

  • Fantastic | June 28, 2012 6:41 PMReply

    Think it's hilarious that there's no mention of Black Panther in Latino Review's report and how they trumped that email graphic at the end, and yet there's no Black Panther in there.

  • Man | June 28, 2012 6:28 PMReply

    I wonder why the team aspect of films like Avengers and maybe Guardians of the Galaxy generate all of this excitement but the X-Men films usually draw out relatively tepid crowds. X-Men: First Class was outgrossed by both Thor and Captain America (neither that huge to begin with...). Is it just that they have yet to film X-Men with a massively entertaining climax/focal point like Avengers––though I would argue that the final battle in X3 was quite epic––or is something wrong with the brand itself?

  • Mike | June 28, 2012 11:07 PM

    Do you really think this movie from a mostly unknown property is going to outdo the X-Men films at their highest gross peak? The Avengers is the culmination of the buildup of several franchises over several years, that's why it had a much bigger reception & gross than any of the X-Men films. Apples and oranges.

  • TheoC | June 28, 2012 5:48 PMReply

    Maybe a Pixar submariner movie? Do Marvel own submariner? do I even like Submariner?

    Anyway maybe it'll be a zany Ant Man movie that won't be connected to the Avengers.

    Doctor Strange? I'd like to see that.

  • Christopher Gipson | June 28, 2012 5:34 PMReply

    It would be cool to see Marvel make an effort to showcase some of their female characters. Ms. Marvel would be a nice one, or if they own the rights, a Nicolas Winding Refn directed Dazzler would be pretty nuts. Other than that I think Machine Man would be cool. Wonder Man. Power Man/Iron Fist. A Damage Control movie could be lots of fun. I imagine whatever they pick would have to have some kind of connection to the Avengers or one one of the already filmed solo characters.

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