Remember when the naysayers were predicting that Guardians of the Galaxy would be the first major misfire for Marvel Studios? Unlike Captain America, Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers, this team of intergalactic adventurers didn’t have decades of popularity to draw from, and bringing them to the big screen seemed like a curious choice when there were so many other characters – most of them more familiar to audiences – who were waiting in the wings.
But in Marvel we trust, and not only was Guardians a critical success, it also became the third-highest grossing film of 2014 – and the fifth-highest among all of the studio’s offerings – with a colossal $773 million worldwide. With numbers like that, next year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is expected to be another hit for Marvel, and even though most fans have yet to see any footage from the film, the hype is already growing.
Chris Pratt, who portrays “Star Lord” Peter Quill in the original film and its follow-up, recently spoke with The Toronto Sun about the sequel, calling it “exceptional” and promising that we can expect some great things:
“It’s a fabulous script. I think it’s going to be — I’m not using hyperbole, here – I think it’s going to be the biggest spectacle movie of all time.”
No hyperbole, eh? That’s a pretty bold statement to make, and I’d be curious to get some clarity on what Pratt considers “spectacle.” But it’s obvious he’s more than a little enthusiastic about the film, and he went on to express his gratitude for being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
“I’m fortunate. I’m fortunate in so many ways. I couldn’t count the ways, even if I tried. To be part of Guardians of the Galaxy is to be part of a franchise that really is so totally different. It’s new and exciting and unlike anything people had seen before. There are a lot of superheroes out there, but I think we do something a little different. The genesis of these characters was in the Marvel Universe but we do something a little different, more cosmic, with Guardians of the Galaxy.”
With Marvel’s Doctor Strange hitting theaters in November, chances are strong we could finally see our first trailer around the same time – or if not, then there’s a strong possibility it could debut alongside Rogue One: A Star Wars Story the following month. In either case, you can rest assured that we’ll continue to keep you updated on the film as we draw closer to its release date.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will hit theaters on May 5, 2017.
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