As the first wave of reviews arrive online to deliver high praise for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, writer-director James Gunn has announced that he will be returning in the near future to complete a third Guardians of the Galaxy movie. It might not seem like the most surprising news, but up until now everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond The Avengers: Infinity War has remained largely unknown. This will make him the second director (okay, technically, the third) to helm three movies for Marvel after Anthony and Joe Russo, although he will be the first to complete a trilogy. Here’s what he had to say about it:
“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. 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.
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.
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.”
He goes on to state that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will “conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy” and that he will be working with Kevin Feige to map out the future of the Marvel Cosmic Universe on the big screen. Considering that James Gunn is one of the few directors that managed to have his voice make it through the Marvel machine intact, it makes sense that he would want to stick around. And to be honest, it’s hard to imagine anyone else directing a Guardians of the Galaxy movie, although I suppose it will probably happen eventually. Are you happy to see James Gunn return for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3?