As things currently stand, the Marvel roster looks a little like this:
Iron Man 3 in May 2013, followed by Thor 2 in November 2013, followed by Captain America 2 in April 2014.
Earlier this year, Marvel officially announced that their second feature of 2014 would be released on 16th May, quickly on the heels of the Captain America sequel, but they were keeping exactly what it would be under wraps. At the time, there was some speculation about it being a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie, and since then, Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man film and a Black Panther film have been suggested as possibilities.
According to Wikipedia – I have to admit, I’m not familiar with the territory, but am entirely on board with anything and everything Marvel have in store for us – the Guardians are originally from the 31st Century, in an alternate time-line of the Marvel Universe, and later travel back in time to the 20th Century.
The report says that the film will lead up to The Avengers 2 in 2015 – presumably, that would mean The Avengers 2 will be the first of Marvel’s films in 2015 – and that, and I quote, “THE SCRIPT IS INCREDIBLE.”
It also says that the final scene of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers – look away now if you haven’t seen it! – is a teaser both for The Avengers 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy, with Thanos being a part of the latter as well.
As such, LR’s writer points you in the direction of The Thanos Imperative, a six-issue series from 2010, as a possible piece of source material that could be useful reading before then.
Writer and director are as yet unknown, but perhaps we can look forward to that in the coming weeks if/when the official announcement comes.
If this is all true, that means we can look forward to Guardians of the Galaxy on 16th May, 2014.