Is Marvel Plotting 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Sequel For 2016?

Although studio President Kevin Feige confirmed more than a year ago that a Doctor Strange film will join Ant-Man in Marvel's third cinematic wave, he has so far refused to reveal any additional details about his post-2015 plans. However, JoBlo.com insists it already knows what's on the horizon for 2016 -- and it's probably not what you expect.

Citing "a reliable source," the website reports Marvel is already clearing a 2016 spot for the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy (Disney planted a flag last summer on May 6, 2016, but another release date is said to be possible). Considering that director James Gunn's oddball space adventure, the studio's riskiest venture to date, doesn't open for another six months, that would indicate a serious vote of confidence from executives.

If that weren't enough to demonstrate Marvel is serious about a Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, JoBlo adds that an animated series is in development, targeted for a fall 2015 premiere on Disney XD.

Marvel has also laid claim to May 5, 2017, which some have speculated might go to a long-discussed Blank Panther movie or, of course, the aforementioned Doctor Strange.

Opening Aug. 1, Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan, Lee Pace and Benecio Del Toro.

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