Update: James Gunn, the writer and director of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ sequel, has confirmed via Twitter that ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ is the B actual title of the upcoming sequel. This is no longer speculation. (Original story after the tweet below.)
Yes, the official title for the @Guardians sequel is GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2. Nice detective work, @colliderfrosty, etc! You got us!
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 29, 2015
Except for Iron Man, most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe sequels have been getting pretty cool names. ‘The Dark World,’ ‘Winter Soldier,’ ‘Age of Ultron,’ and such. But what about ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’? It’s no surprise it’s getting a sequel, after how well it did, but what about a cool sequel name?
Well, according to Collider.com, the president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, may have accidentally told reporters what the next ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movie will be called. While talking about the shooting schedule, he said, “We start shooting ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2’ in February-March 2016.” When asked later if he had, indeed, told them the actual title of the movie, he was “noncommittal” in his response. Collider suggests that if it’s true, then the “volume” would probably be shortened to “Vol.” in the title, referencing the now famous mix tapes featured in the first film.
It’s very subtle, but when you think about it, this is pretty much the perfect title for the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2.’ Unlike the unimaginative ‘Iron Man’ numbers, putting “Vol.” before the “2” invokes the mix tapes that Star Lord’s mother made for him. Those were so central to his character in the first movie that I find it hard to believe they won’t be equally important to him in the second film, especially if it’s as “emotional” as director James Gunn has said it will be.
Obviously, the movie is still a ways out yet and the title (assuming that is the current working title) could be changed at any point for a while yet. Still, this is one of those things that has the ring of truth to it, especially since it’s coming from Kevin Feige, the guy running it all. It’s possible this is nothing, but it seems it could be an honest slip-up that Feige hadn’t intended to make. But we’ll see.
So what do you think? Great name with subtle nuance or just a boring number tacked on to the name? Was it a slip of the tongue or an intentional reveal? Let us know your opinions in the comments below.
‘Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol.) 2’ is currently slated for release on May 5th, 2017.