Because none of us thought it was going to turn out this well.
Big Marvel movie news today! The next big Marvel feature after Iron Man 3, Thor 2, and Captain America 2 will be the space epic Guardians of the Galaxy. It's a massive undertaking that may (or may not be) set in a future universe. But if you look at Marvel's current movie roster, it fits in perfectly.
In classic Marvel continuity, the Guardians of the Galaxy are a team of superheroes from the future, where an evil race — hilariously named the Badoon — is gobbling up their worlds. Eventually, the Guardians go back in time to recruit the Avengers for help, a move that brings alien calamity in its wake. There's also a modern (and way more marketable) incarnation of the team that stars an aggregation of endearingly weird aliens like Groot the living tree and the firearm-toting Rocket Raccoon (both below, as drawn by Mike Mignola).
According to Latino Review the script by Nicole Perlman is bananas good and will lead up directly to The Avengers 2 in 2015. Latino Review has also revealed that the big announcement for a Guardians movie will occur at this year's Comic-Con, although most of Marvel's time will be spent hyping up Iron Man 3.
So this is what we have coming out from Marvel in the near future:
- Iron Man 3 is currently shooting with a release date of May 3, 2013.
- Thor 2 is the next project gearing up for a shoot and has a release date of November 8, 2013.
- Captain America 2 is planned for April 14, 2014.
- Guardians of the Galaxy (sometime in 2014) will lead directly into Avengers 2 in 2015.
So where does that leave smaller projects like Ant-Man? Edgar Wright just admitted that he shot a test reel for the movie, and reports have lead us to believe that the script is done. We're betting that Ant-Man is slipped in between Iron Man 3 and Thor 2, especially with the rumors that the Iron Man 3 post-credits ending sets up Ant-Man. As for movies starring Dr. Strange, The Inhumans, and Black Panther, they are all still in deep development, but could easily be sprinkled throughout 2014 and 2015 should writing wrap.