Even despite his own self-professed weariness after giving over two years of his life to making the first film, Gunn has been talking about how pleased he is with the final product and how sad he will be to stop inhabiting the Guardians universe. The gamble of letting him put his offbeat personal stamp on the film has clearly paid off though, with Marvel also announcing at this years San Diego Comic Con that Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 will be out on 28 July 2017.
The first film, meanwhile, finds American pilot Peter Quill, also known as Star-Lord, the object of a manhunt after stealing a mysterious stolen McGuffin orb coveted by the villainous Ronan (Lee Pace).
Whilst in a prison, he meets an unusual suspects line-up of aliens including deadly green-skinned assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), hulking warrior Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bautista), talking tree Groot (Vin Diesel) and gruff warrior Rocket Raccoon.
With Benicio Del Toro (Savages), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Peter Serafinowicz (Saun Of The Dead), Ophelia Lovibond (Mr. Popper's Penguins), Gregg Henry (Slither), Laura Haddock (Da Vinci's Demons), Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond), Michael Rooker (Super) and Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) rounding out the cast, Guardians Of The Galaxy arrives in the UK on the 31 July and the US on 1 August.