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'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' Announced Before First's Release

One week before the release of "Guardians of the Galaxy," Marvel announced a release date for the sequel. Smart move?
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'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' Announced Before First's Release

Marvel's highly anticipated "Guardians of the Galaxy" hits theaters this week. 

And before Comic-Con is even finished wrapping up, there's already enormous pressure on the superhero movie. (Via Marvel Entertainment / "Guardians of the Galaxy"

That's because headlines are littered with the announcement of some big news — a sequel, "Guardian's of the Galaxy 2," which is slated to be released July 28, 2017. (Via Vulture / Deadline Hollywood / The Wrap / Variety / BBC)

Writer and director, James Gunn, confirmed the news Saturday via Twitter, "Yes, I’m writing and directing the sequel to #GuardiansoftheGalaxy ... But first go see the first one out next week!" 

The Huffington Post notes this comes as a big surprise since, just this month, Marvel announced plans for six other new films."It was expected that the studio would perhaps announce a few of those titles during its Comic-Con presentation on Saturday night, but only one name was revealed: "Guardians of the Galaxy 2." 

 

Not only that — but Marvel is taking a pretty big leap of faith with plans of a sequel when the first one hasn't even been released. 

 

But The Verge points out, "apparently Marvel thinks that fans are really going to love it." And based on critic reviews – they just might. 

Guardians has garnered a 100% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes so far despite it not being released in theaters across the country. 

And Daily Mirror calls it "​A chaotic sci-fi ride bursting with smart humour."

"It's expected to rake in about $70 million next weekend, no big deal."

Bradley Cooper: "I just hope people like it and enjoy it. You never know how it's going to do. The temperature​ of the audience." (Via The Insider

We're sure Marvel would have to agree. "Guardians of the Galaxy" opens to the public Friday, August 1.