James Gunn Will Return to Write and Direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Image: Marvel
Image: Marvel

James Gunn, the man behind the movie iteration of Guardians of the Galaxy—and who may one day win an award for being the man most in love with his job, social media, and talking about his job on social media—has announced that he’ll be back for a third Guardians movie.


Gunn made the announcement on his Facebook page, where he goes into detail about the decision and what the press leading up to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been like. But in it he says, “So, yes, I’m returning to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.”

Obviously, there are not a lot of details, but Gunn did give some time frame information, saying:

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.

There’s not a ton of information here, despite the volume of words, but it seems like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be coming right on the heels of Infinity War. Now, while Gunn says “Infinity War” in his post, I think he means the second movie (previously known as Infinity War Part 2). Captain Marvel and Ant-Man and the Wasp are already slated to go between those, and there isn’t a ton of room for another movie. Plus, he says it will “catapult” things, which sounds like Guardians 3 will launch Phase 4 after that movie comes out in 2019.

This is a good news, but we still have a while to wait before the next movie. And it also sounds like we should be prepping for a whole new team to emerge after that third movie—which seems about right for most of these contracts, with everyone slated to appear in the Guardians movies and Infinity War.

Feel free to speculate wildly—or just loudly suggest—team members for the movie to add.

Here’s Gunn’s full post, which is the War and Peace of job announcements:


Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.


Chris Paine

At this point, I think Marvel should just spin-off the Guardians of the Galaxy entirely into their own Cinematic Universe!

* You do a Guardians movie, a Nova movie, a Rocket and Groot movie, etc. moving onwards to the epic movie event: Annihilation.

* Then repeat the process until you reach the next epic event which crosses over with the “Inhumans” TV series: War of Kings.

* And because Thanos is one of the hardest badasses in the Marvel Universe to kill, you build up to the next epic event: Thanos Imperative.

* Then, by this time they might have gotten rights back to the Fantastic Four, you repeat the process, introduce the Silver Surfer, and build up the next epic event: Galactus.

They could do this and it would be awesome! And James Gunn should be given whatever amount of resources are required to make it happen and keep him onboard and happy!

Make Mine Marvel!