‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Planned For May 2014?

Step aside, Black Panther: another group of heroes are moving into Marvel Studios’ second 2014 release slot.

Both Variety and Latino Review report that a “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie is officially in the works at Marvel, with a release date planned for May 16, 2014. Nicole Perlman wrote the script.

The move puts “Guardians” as the first new Marvel movie following “Iron Man 3” (May 2013), “Thor 2” (November 2013) and “Captain America 2” (April 2014). It was previously rumored that “Black Panther” would follow Cap’s next big-screen adventure; it now appears that that privilege will belong to the Guardians.

Hailing from the 31st century, the Guardians consist of aliens who travel back in time to battle a menace known as the Badoon. Star-Lord, Drax and Rocket Raccoon are some of the characters commonly associated with the team. First appearing in the 1960s, the “Guardians” comics were recently relaunched in 2008 by Dan Abnett and Andy Landing, and are rumored to get another comics overhaul courtesy of longtime “Avengers” writer Brian Michael Bendis in the very near future.

Though very little is confirmed about the “Guardians” movie, including its very existence (Marvel declined to comment on Variety’s story, though the outlet’s sources insist the studio is “zeroing in on the project, rather than a standalone Black Panther project at this point”), there are some very interesting rumors floating about already.

For one: Latino Review states that Thanos, first glimpsed at the end of “Avengers,” will be a major villain in “Guardians.” They also suggest that Nova, a staple in the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe, will have a big role to play in the film, even though he’s not traditionally thought of as part of the Guardians roster. Further, “Guardians” will supposedly lead directly to the “Avengers” sequel, rumored to launch in 2015.

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