James Gunn to Write and Direct Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3
By: Michaela Bush
Stay hooked on that feelin’, Marvel fans. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is happening, and James Gunn is once more at the helm.
Gunn announced on his Facebook page (in what seems to be the most passionate post about someone’s job ever, which is beautiful) that he will be writing and directing the third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Kevin Feige is also set to produce. Gunn said in his Facebook post that, “…after many months of ruminations and discussions, I knew the answer. I could save this answer for the first, random interviewer to ask me during the press junket [for Guardians Vol. 2] 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…I can’t fricking wait to get started.”
Gunn also wrote of his enjoyment and appreciation from working with Marvel and “the gang” to create these movies. Of course, we won’t be getting any exciting information about casting, plots, or even a release date for Vol. 3 yet. However, he did state that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will happen after Infinity War – kicking off Phase 4, perhaps? – and “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.”
Marvel’s release slate is set through the next three years, and considering the release date for Infinity War, it’s likely that we won’t see Vol. 3 until 2020 or later. Waiting is a small price to pay for perfection, though, and for now we can look forward to analyzing Vol. 2, which will be hitting theaters May 5th – in just a couple of weeks.