James Gunn Confirms a Third 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Will Happen

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - 9:42PM
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Guardians of the Galaxy
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - 9:42PM
James Gunn Confirms a Third 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Will Happen
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James Gunn is known for his dark comedy skills in cult classics like Super and Slither, as well as blockbuster MCU hit Guardians of the Galaxy. And along with sharing some details on his Marvel experience, he gave some important news regarding the future of GotG after Vol. 2 comes out this May.

Seven weeks before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters, James Gunn has confirmed that the third installment of the series will happen, even if he isn't the one to direct it. Speaking to Complex, he gave a status update on a (presumably named) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3:

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"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."
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It's hard to imagine a Guardians of the Galaxy film without Gunn's direction, since he wrote and directed both movies with such a unique edge, putting those dark comedy skills to good use. Part of what made GotG so refreshing and celebrated was its ability to step outside of the superhero niche in delivering funny, heart-warming material while still capturing the essence of the Marvel comics. While Gunn's outsider perspective allowed him to make it one of the best MCU films to date, it's of course possible that an experienced Marvel director could take a third film to new heights.


And when asked what the Guardians' involvement in Infinity War would be, Gunn said that they won't have the biggest part, but an "integral" one.

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Gunn also opened up about working on Guardians of the Galaxy and how his beloved characters fit into the Marvel universe, namely that he got a lot of freedom to tell the longform story he wanted in Vol. 2. He specifically calls it the "most creatively fulfilling experience" he's ever had in filmmaking. We can't tell how the movie will be for a few more months, but based on Gunn's comment and the latest trailers, it seems like pretty creative stuff so far, especially for sci-fi (the inclusion of a living planet played by Kurt Russell certainly helps).

Gunn continues:
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"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."
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Catch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in theaters May 5, 2017.

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