Now that Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 is in theaters, you might be wondering when we will see Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3. The next film will not come for a long time, since it won’t be released until Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4.
However, we do know that James Gunn will be writing and directing again. Marvel will also be bringing back Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper all back. The plan is for Guardians 3 to be part of the studio’s Phase Four plans.
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Here’s what we know so far about Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3.
1. James Gunn Will Be Back to Direct
Back on April 17, three weeks before GOTG 2‘s release, Gunn issued a lengthy statement on Facebook, confirming that he’s already signed on to direct a third film. He’ll be the first Marvel director to handle a complete trilogy. (Anthony and Joe Russo are helming Avengers: Infinity War, but their previous two Marvel films were Captain America movies.)
Gunn, a student of film history, says he knows about the “third-movie curse.” Hollywood trilogies tend to have lackluster third films. So, Gunn thought about it for awhile before finally agreeing to writ and direct GOTG 3.
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.
In a May 1 USA Today interview, Gunn said he’s already started writing the third film. He’s started talking about it with Pratt and has had “some pretty intense conversations” about Saldana having a bigger role in Vol. 3.
“I love these characters,” Gunn told USA Today. “Including my father and my dog, my mother had eight kids, and I have all these Guardians. They’re my kids.”
2. ‘Guardians 3’ Will Take Place After ‘Avengers 3 & 4’
On May 2, Gunn wrote on Twitter that Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 will be set after the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4.
Infinity War will hit theaters on May 4, 2018. It’s going to finally bring the Guardians team into the main Marvel fold, as they are all expected to be in it.
Avengers 4 is scheduled for May 3, 2019.
Disney does have several release dates set aside for untitled Marvel movies: May 1, 2020; August 7, 2020; and November 6, 2020. Any of these dates could be for GOTG 3.
3. ‘Guardians 3’ Will Be Part of Marvel’s Phase Four
As we all know, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is broken up into phases, which have usually culminated with an Avengers movie. Phase Three began with Civil War and builds up to Infinity War. Marvel has named films planned through July 5, 2019, when Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 hits theaters.
In a 2016 interview with iO9, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Fiege said that a third Guardians movie will be in Phase Four.
“We’re only working on what’s been announced through the end of 2019,” Feige explained at the time. “And it is still a big chess board for 2020 and beyond, but certainly I would say Guardians 3 is [one film that’s] up there. I don’t know what exactly the order will be.”
4. We Will See the Guardians in ‘Infinity War’
Even though Guardians 3 likely won’t come out until at least 2020, we will still see Star-Lord, Gamora and the rest of the team before then. They are all set to appear in Infinity War. It will be the first time the group will appear in the same movie with Captain America, Iron-Man, Black Widow and the other Avengers members. Gunn is even an executive producer on Infinity War so he can help oversee the “cosmic” sector of the Marvel Universe.
“[It’s] basically me saying to Kevin [Feige], ‘OK, we’re going to do Guardians Vol. 3, and then I think those characters should have his or her own movie, and then this character here, and then we should bring this person in,'” Gumm told BuzzFeed.
Gunn said he’ll keep working with Marvel, even if it means he can’t make an R-rated movie – like his gloriously violent 2010 debut Super – again.
“I think that they just trust me in terms of my vision of the more space opera aspects of Marvel,” Gunn told BuzzFeed. “I love the freedom to be able to create that fully. That doesn’t mean I never want to make an R-rated movie again, or make even a small movie. But right now, I feel really creatively fulfilled doing this.”
5. Sylvester Stallone’s Starhawk Character Will Play a Big Role in ‘Guardians 3’
Action movie legend Sylvester Stallone joined the Marvel franchise for Guardians 2, but his role in this film isn’t that big. He plays Stakar Ogord, also known as Starhawk, one of the original members of the comic book-version of the Guardians of the Galaxy. In fact, other members of the team appear in a mid-credits sequence. Adam Warlock is also expected to be part of Guardians 3.
In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Gunn said Stallone’s character will be a big part of Guardians 3 and other Marvel movies.
“My plan is to see more of him,” Gunn told the Sun. “I’m not sure about him appearing in Vol. 3, we’ll have to see about that, but it’s our plan to see more of Stallone. Kevin (Feige) and I are working on what is going to become of the Marvel Cosmic Universe and where it’s going to go. We plan to see the rest of them in the future.”
In that same interview, Gunn said that he thinks the first Guardians story coems to an end with GOTG 3. “I think that there could be a Guardians Vol. 4, but it would not be the same. It would not be the same group… basically the story of this group ends with Vol. 3.”
Even though he’s not signed on for a fourth movie (which isn’t surprising since the third one doesn’t even have a release date), Gunn told the Sun that he’s still helping Marvel out with other projects. “It’s my plan to have Sly — and I talked to him last night — to find a place for him in the future of the Marvel Universe,” he said.
Adam Warlock is also will to be part of Guardians 3, especially after the scene during the credits where the Sovereign announced the creation of a new being to destroy the Guardians: Adam. If you need a quick run-down on that character’s history, watch the video below.