Following the controversial firing of James Gunn by Disney earlier this year, the previously-scheduled Guardians of the Galaxy 3 was pushed from its original release date and has not received a new spot on the schedule. Some rumors persisted that this might have had some effect on how the team ends up at the end of Avengers 4, but Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo have cleared those rumors up.
After a screening of Avengers: Infinity War, the Russo brothers conducted a Q&A about the film. Peter Sciretta with Slash Film was in the crowd, and made sure to share many of the Russo's answers on Twitter.
Guardians 3 being put on indefinite hold did not change the Russo Brothers approach for Avengers 4 and where it leaves the Guardians because they had already finished shooting the movie.— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) November 29, 2018
Among the questions asked, one was about any potential changes the Guardians of the Galaxy 3 delay had caused for the Avengers film. The pair revealed that the firing had no impact on Avengers 4, as the film had already completed filming by the time Gunn was fired.
While Disney would use James Gunn’s script for the third Guardians film if it were ever produced, the film is currently on hiatus. No new director has been brought on board, while Gunn has been hired by Warner Bros. to helm the upcoming Suicide Squad 2.
The untitled sequel to Avengers: Infinity War will release on May 3, 2019. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Marvel’s Avengers 4 stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.