Marvel Studios is still seeking a director for the third Guardians of the Galaxy film following the firing of James Gunn, who directed the first two films. As it turns out, there were brief discussions for Ant-Man writer Adam McKay to take the helm of the new Guardians film.
McKay revealed this on the Happy, Sad and Confused podcast on Wednesday. McKay, who has directing experience from projects like Step Brothers and The Big Short, acknowledged there were discussions about him directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after podcast host Josh Horowitz predicted that McKay was "on a short list" of possibilities to take Gunn's place. Not only did McKay confirm Horowitz's prediction, but he also revealed he had also talked about helming Inhumans, which lasted one season on ABC before being cancelled.
"Yeah, we've talked a little bit," McKay said of a potential role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. "We were even kicking around the idea of the Inhumans at one point. We're always just kind of talking."
McKay's comments were also wrapped around a number of instances where he marveled at the atmosphere around Marvel Studios and how he would love to take on another project there again. "I grew up on Marvel, man," McKay said. "I would definitely go back there and work. That was a career highlight."
In addition to breaking that tidbit of news, McKay also expressed a fondness for Nova and Silver Surfer and how he would love to do a project about one of those characters, especially Silver Surfer. "I would do anything to do Silver Surfer," McKay said.
Marvel and Disney placed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on hold in August. Production was originally expected to kick off in early 2019 for a 2020 premiere, but Disney has removed a release date from its 2020 calendar, which suggests Black Widow and The Eternals may the only Marvel films arriving that year.