If you would have asked me 6 years ago or so when I started Cosmic Book News to help promote the Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova comic books if there would ever be a movie based on either property, I would have probably said "more than likely not."
And if you would have asked me then if Guardians of the Galaxy could ever be the biggest movie of the Summer or the fact that it could pass $500 million worldwide, I would have thought your brain was being altered by the Mind Gem.
But that is the latest for Marvel Studios and James Gunn as Guardians of the Galaxy is presently at about $500.5 million.
The film has already passed Captain America 2 and Thor 2 domestically as well as the "heavyweights": Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Transformers: Age Of Extinction.
Currently, Guardians has a $255.2 million gross in the U.S., with another $245.3 million internationally.
Marvel has slated the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel for a July 28, 2017 release, which will see James Gunn returning to both write and direct.
Update: James Gunn commented on FB:
So Guardians of the Galaxy just passed half a billion dollars worldwide. That's almost exactly half a billion dollars more than my last movie.
And, guys, WE'RE STILL GOING STRONG. We haven't even opened in China, Japan, Germany, or Italy yet. Not to mention Xandar, Drez-Lar, or A'askavarii. Marvel movies don't generally do well on A'askavarii, but I'm hoping this one will change that.
(pictured: Guardians of the Galaxy #15  comic cover)