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Guardians of the Galaxy "Has Strong Franchise Potential"; Hoping For Another Avengers

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Posted by: Matt McGloin, Editor/Publisher
created 05/07/2014 - 1:08am, updated 05/07/2014 - 1:28am

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For the second time, Disney CEO Bob Iger has mentioned that sequels for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie seem likely.

In a Disney investor conference call, Bob Iger mentioned that Guardians of the Galaxy "has strong franchise potential."

Previously, it was mentioned that Bob Iger would like to replicate The Avengers franchise with potential spinoff movies featuring members of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Now Iger says more of the same. Of course sequels or related movies are dependent on the success of Guardians of the Galaxy at the box office.

Here is the relevant Guardians of the Galaxy text from the recent Disney investor conference call:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier has far surpassed the first Captain America in total global box office, which obviously bodes well for our Avengers franchise. We’ve had enormous success releasing Marvel movies on the first weekend of May, including the two biggest domestic openings of all time. And we’ll continue this tradition with the Avengers: Age of Ultron next year and Captain America 3 in 2016. Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently shooting an early footage and looks great. This August 1st, we’re looking forward to introducing the world to more fantastic Marvel storytelling, with a great cast of new characters in Guardians of the Galaxy, which we screened last week and we believe it has strong franchise potential.

Iger continues later in the call in a QnA when asked about Disney and branded movies with mention of comparing Avengers to Guardians of the Galaxy:

Marvel is, as far as we're concerned, just getting started. The results of Captain America, though I think are very, very telling, because when you look at the film that is approaching almost $700 million in global box office, I think $680, and you compare that to Captain America 1, which did under $400 million worldwide and even look at it versus Thor movies, a few of the Iron Man movies, you're looking at a film that has actually done substantially better than a lot of the Marvel films that we put out. Now it was a great film, but it's clear that momentum is building for that franchise, and with Avengers 2 in production and coming up, and characters from Avengers still very much in favor with audiences, I think there is huge potential there. In addition to that, we've got a new film, Guardians of the Galaxy coming out August 1 in the United States this summer, which we've seen, I mentioned in my comments. We feel quite good about that, too. That's a whole other Marvel realm or universe in terms of where it takes place, the characters that populate it and the stories that you can tell for those characters. So, I think, I'm not going to predict that we've got another Avengers on our hands, but that's certainly the goal." 

"Guardians of the Galaxy" has an August 1, 2014 release.

For news, images and more head on over to the Cosmic Book News Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Hub.

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