There haven't been too many films over the past few decades that have inspired the kind of immediate and infectious fan attention that Guardians of the Galaxy somehow found thrust upon it. For many, it seemed the perfect melding of the usual Marvel Cinematic awesomeness and the Space Opera-y genius of Star Wars - with better jokes than either.
In the coming years, though, that attention is going to be stretched a whole lot further than it was last summer - with Guardians of the Galaxy 2's 2017 release likely to mark only the beginning of our heroes' journey through the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
How far that journey could go, though, is only now becoming apparent - since, as it turns out:
Chris Pratt's Star-Lord Will Be Featuring in Multiple Marvel Movies...AS WELL as Guardians of the Galaxy...
That's right - in a recent interview with GQ, Chris Pratt - Star-Lord himself - revealed that:
"I'm tied to doing three more, or five more, Guardians of the Galaxy or whatever it is, you know, two more Guardians plus another couple..."
Which, it seems, very much confirms that not only will Pratt (and likely the majority of the rest of the Guardians cast) be returning for two Guardians sequels, but he'll be making his way to some other parts of the MCU too.
The big question, then?
Which Other Movies Will Pratt Appear in?
Well, it seems to me that there are five main candidates - with one seeming to be pretty much a given. Intriguingly, though, Pratt's suggestion that he could appear in up to five more movies actually opens up the possibility of he and the Guardians turning up in more than one of the options below.
First up, then, and in descending order of likelihood:
Coming in at number 5 by virtue of the possibility that Inhumans won't actually focus on the intergalactic Inhuman royal family at all, but instead on the Earth-based likes of Avengers: Age of Ultron's Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D's Skye.
That being said - if Black Bolt and the rest of the classic comic-book Inhumans were to appear, then Star-Lord and the Guardians could make for an excellent comic foil to their more serious stylings.
4. Doctor Strange
Another option that may suffer from the movie heading in a very different direction to the Guardians' space-dwelling adventures, Doctor Strange would, on the surface, be an unusual choice for the team to pop up in - being likely set on Earth, or in some sort of magical realm.
Should the movie attempt to tie the good doctor's magic into more practical Marvel space-science, though, an interaction with Thanos - and perhaps one or two of the Guardians - could be a good way to hammer the point home.
3. Thor: Ragnarok
Again, this is an option that would only work if the traditional settings of the Thor series were to be tweaked a bit - but since Thor 2 already saw Asgardians interact with The Collector from Guardians of the Galaxy, it's not as though there isn't precedent.
That being said - if you add in the rumors that're circulating that Thanos'll make an appearance as the movie's big bad, it might well be a whole lot more possible that we'll see Star-Lord et al than it initially seems.
2. Captain Marvel
Now, this one seemed pretty unlikely when Captain Marvel's solo movie was first announced - since Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige was pretty clear that:
"Her adventures are very earthbound, but her powers are based in the cosmic realm."
That being said, though, the recent pushing back of Captain Marvel's release date might just cause something of a rethink - especially considering the fact that Carol's comic-book origin owes a whole lot to the Guardians of the Galaxy-starring Kree...and that she's been hanging out with the team a lot recently...
Could we, perhaps, see the movie take a few elements from the recent comic-book reboot of Nova, and have Carol be taken under the wing of the Guardians, before heading off on her own at the movie's end?
1. Avengers: Infinity War (Parts 1 and 2)
Now, this one seems to be already pretty much sewn up - since the arrival of Thanos in the Earth-bound half of the MCU is almost certain to necessitate at least some involvement from the Guardians of the Galaxy.
The two big questions?
Will they turn up in both halves of the Avengers extravaganza, and what will their role mean for Guardians of the Galaxy 3?
Or, perhaps that should be three questions:
What do you reckon?