ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

Well, Marvel must really have faith in "Guardians of the Galaxy"!

On a night at San Diego Comic-Con where the fans at Hall H were treated to Marvel Studios' version of royalty -Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Cobie Smulders, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Paul Bettany, James Spader, and Elizabeth Olsen - and intense "Avengers: Age of Ultron" footage (and some reassuring info on "Ant-Man"), the only one of eight "untitled films" on the film schedule that was named was "Guardians of the Galaxy 2".

While the panel predictably blew the roof off of Hall H, some couldn't help but feel a bit of disappointment - since seven films on the schedule from 2016-2019 remain unknown.

In retrospect, the patience on Marvel's part makes sense. With 11 stars from their "Avengers' franchise already onstage - including mega-stars Downey, Hemsworth, Evans, Ruffalo and Jackson - already onstage, any other announcement would likely have been overshadowed.

Also, Marvel definitely wanted as much time and spotlight on it's upcoming "Ant-Man" movie and it's announcements as well. They likely would have been relegated to the background if a "Captain Marvel" or "Black Panther" film had been announced, never mind an "Iron Man 4" or "Avengers 3".

By announcing the "Guardians of the Glaxy" sequel", Marvel Studios gave the original a boost of confidence and buzz less than a week before opening in the United States. It also shows the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will continue to play a major part in it.

But couldn't they have at least, you know, given us the title for "Captain America 3" at least?

Of course, this means we still have some surprises for the next few years, rather than knowing Marvel's film schedule years in advance.



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