James Gunn Officially Returning for Guardians Vol. 3

James Gunn is one of those directors who keeps it very real.  His social media presence is one of legend, and he is quick to interact with his fans.

Now, as he’s about to depart on a worldwide press tour to promote his forthcoming (sure-to-be) blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, he took to his Facebook page to answer a few questions and make a few declarations.

One of those being his involvement with the third movie in the series:

So, yes, I’m returning to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

In the end, my love for Rocket, Groot, Gamora, Star-Lord, Yondu, Mantis, Drax, and Nebula – and some of the other forthcoming heroes – goes deeper than you guys can possibly imagine, and I feel they have more adventures to go on and things to learn about themselves and the wonderful and sometimes terrifying universe we all inhabit. And, like in both Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, we will work on creating the story that goes beyond what you expect.

My partnership with the folks at Marvel Studios – Kevin Feige, Lou D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Jonathan Schwartz – has been the best of my professional career, and is a huge contributing factor to my decision – as is my relationship to the guys at Disney Studios – Bob Iger, Alan Horn, and Alan Bergman – who have been cheerleading innovation and the pure love of movies from the start. This is the kind of thing you’d expect a director to say about the people who have just hired him, but people who know me know I would never put up working with people I don’t like for a single movie, much less two, and much, much less three. I love them all and appreciate immensely their collaboration. I wake up every day pinching myself that they’d allow this punk rock kid from Missouri to help create this wonderful universe, and to not only allow but encourage creative freedom while doing so.

I can’t fricking wait to get started.

Now, clearly, Marvel has yet to put a release date on the third film in the series, but after we got three movies for Iron Man, Captain America, and (especially) Thor, it hardly seems surprising that one of their biggest money-makers will be getting the trilogy treatment, as well.

So, when should we expect to see the movie?

According to Gunn, it’ll come after 2019.

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. 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.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will hit theaters May 5, 2017.

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