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Guardians of the Galaxy is a movie that hasn’t been released yet, but has a lot of buzz around it, along with some pretty positive preview reviews from early screeners. But with all the hype that Marvel is generating for the movie, they are already looking to the future.

 

Marvel announced today at their panel at San Diego Comic Con that they were already planning a Guardians of the galaxy sequel set for July 28, 2017. This seems pretty confident of Marvel, but with the track record of the Phase 1 and Phase 2 Marvel movies, it seems a no-brainer.

 

Jacob Kastrenakes (of The Verge) said of the announcement:

Its panel opened with a big sizzle reel of Marvel films that concluded with a quick tease of the villain Thanos. The cast of Ant-Man then appeared on stage to talk about their upcoming film, and they showed a short clip of test footage that was just long enough to wow the audience. Two new cast members were announced for Ant-Man as well: Lost’s Evangeline Lilly will be playing Hank Pym’s daughter, Hope Van Dyne, and House of Cards’ Corey Stoll will be playing the villain Yellowjacket.

The crux of Marvel’s event, however, was the cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron coming out on stage to talk about the film. Their discussion may not have revealed much, but a teaser aired during the event did. It began with members of the Avengers attempting to pick up Thor’s hammer — naturally, to no avail — only to have Ultron bust up the party, turning things very, very dark, very quickly. What follows were some incredible fireworks, some Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch action, and even Iron Man in his Hulkbuster Armor.

To add to the festivities, Josh Brolin made an appearance onstage wearing a novelty Infinity Gauntlet, which ever so gently hints that the artifact will play a role when Thanos finally makes his official debut in Guardians next week.

Unfortunately, that was about all of the detail on its upcoming slate of movies that Marvel wanted to give. Marvel still has five movie release dates picked out for yet-to-be-named heroes: there was some hope that Marvel would announce a few of those tonight — potentially even showing that its films would begin to follow the trend of diversifying their characters, as its comic book lines are doing. But while we found out about Guardians 2, there’s still a whole lot of mystery remaining on the subject of what’s coming next from Marvel.

For those that don’t know, the Infinity Gauntlet is an artifact comprised of 6 “Infinity Gems” that each controlled an aspect of the universe: Soul, Power, Time, Reality, Space, and Mind. Thanos was the first being to put all 6 gems into one artifact and created a massive crossover that rocked the Marvel universe in the early 1990’s. It is rumored that the Tessaract, an object that was the subject of many Marvel films, is one of these gems.

Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014 and stars Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, and Zoe Saldana.