James Gunn, the incredibly visionary director behind Slither and both Guardians of the Galaxy movies for Marvel, is out doing the press for The Belko Experiment, which he wrote and produced.
In a conversation with UK based Complex, things eventually turned to talk of the upcoming Guardians sequel for Marvel, which he also wrote. The brave interviewer, flying in the face of Marvel’s oft-famous security measures, asked point blank if there would be a third movie.
Surprisingly, Gunn doesn’t shrug off the question:
“There will be a Guardians 3, that’s for sure. We’re trying to figure it out. I’m trying to figure out what I want to do really, that’s all it is. I got to figure out where I want to be, what I want to spend the next three years of my life doing. You know, I’m going to make another big movie; is it the Guardians or something else? I’m just going to figure it out over the next couple of weeks.”
Gunn is a very creative and passionate filmmaker, one that engages with his fans, and a commitment like that of another Guardians sequel would take a LOT of time and energy from him. We saw something similar with Joss Whedon after completing the second Avengers movie, and Gunn has come up through a similar vein, working on independent films like Super. It wouldn’t be that surprising to think he might go back to something smaller, something that might offer him a little breathing room.
However, Gunn did also say, “I’ve been lucky in that the most creatively fulfilling freeing experience I’ve ever had making a film has been on Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Without a doubt.” The director was afforded complete and total freedom in the making of this movie, and that his time with Marvel has been a pleasant experience:
“[A]t the end of the day any choice was mine, if there’s ever a disagreement we go in my direction. The entire story was written by me alone in a room back in August 2014, and it stayed that way from the very beginning. I have the budget to do everything I want to do creatively. It’s an incredibly personal film for me. It feels strange when it’s a movie about a talking raccoon and a bunch of aliens and space battles, but to me it’s a personal story, which seems to be something so far that the audiences have seemed to understand immediately.”
Gunn concluded the interview with a question about Marvel’s next Avengers flick, Infinity War, which he is also producing, as his Guardians finally team up with the Avengers. However, if you’re expecting the teams to share equal screen time, you may want to curb your expectations just a bit:
“You know listen, I don’t think we should overstate things that it is an Avengers movie, but the Guardians are a part of the cosmic universe, they’re a part of Thanos’ stories, so, they are in there, and they have, not the biggest, but, an integral part to that.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives in theaters May 5, where the Belko Experiment will hit on March 17.