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Bob Iger believes 'Guardians of the Galaxy' will have strong franchise potential

Chris Pratt is Star-Lord in James Gunn's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
Chris Pratt is Star-Lord in James Gunn's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios, used with permission

According to Cinema Blend on Wednesday, recent movie stills of "Parks and Recreation's" Chris Pratt in his Star-Lord costume were released to promote "Guardians of the Galaxy". Disney CEO Bob Iger mentioned that with recent screenings of the comic book movie, he felt it had great potential to expand into a franchise. This film is considered high ranking in the list of most anticipated films and Iger has revealed that they are considering a sequel.

The film stills feature Pratt in his mask as most trailers and photos that promote the movie tend to lack such a sophisticated piece of equipment. Thoughts go to the possibility that Disney and Marvel just want to promote Pratt's handsomeness by showing more of his mug. Also, shown in another still, is his prominent weapons. In the comic book story line, Peter Quill carries what is known as "element guns" capable of unleashing formidable firepower of all five elements. The picture seems to just show two standard blasters, but one could speculate he would acquire the element guns later on.

A recent conference call between Iger and shareholders revealed the franchising news as well as the three "Star Wars" spin-offs that are also in the works. Iger spoke enthusiastic of his vision of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's future.

"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".

This could suggest a possibility of a "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" sequel which could also mean the film would be a part of phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Another notable piece of information is that Thanos would play a part in the James Gunn film and there was a discussion at length between him and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige of the kind of environment in which the Mad Titan would exist. The villainous beast is indeed likely behind all what's been happening during the events of "The Avengers" film and with his pursuit of greater power, he's definitely a villain not to be trifled with.

James Gunn's "Guardians of the Galaxy" opens in theaters Aug 1.

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