After Marvel boss Kevin Feige seemingly let slip the title at a press junket for the latest instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has taken to Twitter to officially confirm that the sequel to the smash hit of 2014 is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 29, 2015
The title is clearly a homage to the wildly popular soundtrack to the first film, which was marketed both in the film and in the accompanying home release as The Awesome Mix, Vol. 1, given to protagonist Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) by his mother as a young child at the start of the film. In the closing moments of the feature, Quill opens a present from his mother to reveal a follow-up to The Awesome Mix, aptly titled ‘Vol. 2’.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 currently has a release date of 5 May 2017 and will be preceded in the MCU by Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange and followed by the as-yet-untitled Spider-Man reboot, which we now know will star Tom Holland in the lead role.