guardians of the galaxy animated seriesThis summer's "Guardians of the Galaxy" was, ostensibly, a "surprise" smash. It wound up being the biggest hit not only of the summer, but of the entire year; a juggernaut that kept on raking in the dough. But it might not have been that much of a surprise, at least to the folks at Marvel and Disney, considering that an animated series is already well underway, set to debut on Disney XD (as part of a Marvel block, no less) in 2015.

During New York Comic Con over the weekend, it was announced that Marvel and Disney will be rolling out an animated "Guardians of the Galaxy" series, partially as a stopgap between now and 2017's "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" (once again set to be written and directed by James Gunn). That's right -- Star Lord, Drax, Gamora, Rocket and Groot will be back in an all-new animated series. Of course, their respective movie star counterparts will most likely not be returning to voice their animated doppelgangers. But it's good to dream.

This new series will be part of an all-Marvel block of programming for Disney XD, the more mature (and, it should be noted, male-oriented) Disney channel, set for debut sometime in 2015 (the exact date is unknown). Quite frankly, the hungry-hungry attitude towards anything "Guardians of the Galaxy"-related should make this quite a hit, although franchise fatigue could be a concern, although considering the property's comic book origins, and knowing how many different incarnations of a character can be going on at once, it should be OK.

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