Not content with dominating the live-action realm with their movies and TV shows, Marvel is also making an impact with animated shows revolving around characters like The Avengers, Hulk and Spider-Man. One of the latest additions to that roster are the Guardians of the Galaxy, a natural choice given the success of James Gunn’s movie last year.
Today, Disney XD has confirmed plans to move forward with a second season of the series. It won’t premiere until 2017, but production is already under way. The first couple of episodes have so far been well-received and Guardians of the Galaxy is obviously a great way to prep younger fans for the team’s big screen adventures. However, despite some visual similarities to their Marvel Cinematic Universe counterparts, the show is not a follow-up or in any way connected to the movies, something Gunn has been keen to point on numerous times via social media.
Regardless, Marvel’s TV President Dan Buckley had this to say about the renewal at the New York Comic-Con today:
“We are thrilled at the positive response to ‘Guardians’ from fans of all ages and we are looking forward to bringing them more adventures with these dynamic characters. There are so many possibilities with the Guardians franchise and season two will take viewers even deeper into this rich universe.”
Among those possibilities is a team-up with The Avengers. Fans of the Marvel movies are obviously hoping that happens for real in Avengers: Infinity War, but the press release announcing this news confirms that season two of Guardians of the Galaxy will see the heroes team up to stop evil alien mad scientist The High Evolutionary.
That’s an interesting choice of villain, but as this Disney XD series definitely has no ties to the MCU, it unfortunately doesn’t give us any clues as to what we should expect in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 in a couple of years from now.