2ND UPDATE 12:30 PM: Disney announced today that a ‘Marvel Untitled’ movie will be moved to August 1, 2014 after first being dated May 16, 2014. Now sources confirm to Deadline that this film is indeed the intergalactic superhero team Guardians Of The Galaxy coming to the big screen. Unconfirmed fanboy rumors circulating for weeks had this before us, but always secretive Marvel as well as Disney are not confirming anything. It appears the plan is to have the Guardians fight Thanos, the grinning evil purple character seen after the credits in this year’s The Avengers. In the Marvel universe, the time travelling Guardians, who were rebooted in comic form in 2008, consist of Adam Warlock, Drax The Destroyer, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Phyla-Vell/Quasar.
This comes just days after Marvel acknowledged it is developing an animated feature film based on the comic book series Big Hero 6. On their already established superhero front, the studio is very busy right now: Disney/Marvel announced in May that there will be an Avengers sequel. Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Black, and currently shooting, is set to be released May 3, 2013. Thor 2 is scheduled to come out on November 8, 2013. There also is another Captain America, this time helmed by the Russo brothers and set to come out April 4, 2014. With that timeline and Marvel’s habit of teasing forward in their movies, Guardians Of The Galaxy would be well positioned for the summer of 2014.
PREVIOUS: As usual, with a ridiculous need for secrecy we don’t yet know the title of the Marvel film, but Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures says it is moving to an August 1, 2014 wide release date from May 16, 2014. Will update when we know more.
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