Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Is A Go!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 isn’t even on general release until next week, but the announcment has come down from Disney/Marvel that James Gunn will be returning to write and direct volume 3 of the Guardians trilogy.
“There is a history in Hollywood of haphazard endings to trilogies, and I didn’t want to become a part of that dishonorable tradition of pretending the third one doesn’t exist,” commented Gunn on his Facebook page. “I couldn’t do it for the money, and I couldn’t do it because it was what other people wanted me to do. I needed to do it because it was what I needed to do. I have never made choices in my career based on anything other than passion and love for the stories and characters, and I didn’t want to start now.”
He continued, “so, after many months of ruminations and discussions, I know the answer. I could save this answer for the first, random interviewer to ask me during the press junket but instead I thought I’d share it with the most important people in the Guardiansverse – you, the fans, who have been so incredibly supportive and enthusiastic over the past five years, it has moved me to tears on a regular basis… So, yes, I’m returning to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.”
Early reviews of Vol 2 are starting to pop up now, and have generally been very positive, so it’s no great surprise that they are already planning the next film in the franchise. But what form will the new film take? Gunn also hinted at that too. “Much of what’s happened in the MCU for the past ten or so years has been leading, in a big way, to the Avengers’ Infinity War,” he added. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will happen after all that. It will conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond. I will be working side-by-side with Kevin Feige and the gang to help design where these stories go, and make sure the future of the Marvel Cosmic Universe is as special and authentic and magical as what we have created so far.”
The original film was an interesting shot out of left field for the MCU. Guardians wasn’t exactly a well known book compared to the other properties in Marvel’s back catalogue, but still ended up taking over $770 million at the box office, and helped shape the tone of other Marvel films.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives in UK Cinemas from Friday 28th April 2017 (although you can catch previews of it from Weds).