Taking a cue from the first film's killer soundtrack, the "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel now has an awesome title.
Director James Gunnconfirmed on Twitter that the follow-up flick will be called "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," a nod to the title of the "Guardians" soundtrack (and key plot point), "Awesome Mix Vol. 1." This can only mean that "Awesome Mix Vol. 2" -- which Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) discovered at the end of the first movie -- will play a similarly significant role in the "Guardians" sequel (or at the very least, just be a great collection of songs).
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 29, 2015
In a follow-up post on Facebook, Gunn wrote that some fans had actually already figured out the title, thanks to some super-sleuthing after Gunn posted a cover image of the flick's script. Fortunately for Gunn, though, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige accidentally let the title slip while doing press for upcoming Marvel film "Ant-Man," freeing the director to confirm the news online.
We like the title lots, both because it's on-brand for the series, but also because it eschews the tired trend of adding ridiculous, long-winded subtitles to blockbuster franchises. And that quirky choice is also in keeping with the ragtag flick's shtick of standing out from the rest of the superhero crowd; we'd expect nothing less from Star-Lord and co.
Stay tuned for more. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is due in theaters on May 5, 2017.