If you were concerned about "Guardians of the Galaxy's" future after "Vol. 2," worry not: "Guardians of the Galaxy 3" is on the way. During an interview with Complex, director James Gunn was asked directly if there were any plans for a third "Guardians" film, and he confirmed that "Guardians 3" is part of Marvel's plan.
"There will be a 'Guardians 3,' that's for sure. We're trying to figure it out," Gunn revealed. "I'm trying to figure out what I want to do really, that's all it is. I got to figure out where I want to be, what I want to spend the next three years of my life doing. You know, I'm going to make another big movie; is it the Guardians or something else? I'm just going to figure it out over the next couple of weeks."
Gunn's phrasing here is worth noting, as he makes "Guardians 3" sound definite, but not his involvement. As such, his response suggests that "Guardians 3" will move forward with or without him, though he is considering returning to the franchise.
Gunn's response here is rather surprising, considering that he has spent most of the past year or so saying that he wasn't sure if he'd come back for "Guardians 3." Back in August 2016, Gunn was asked by a fan if "Guardians 3" was in the works, to which he responded, “There are no real plans, and I haven’t made up my mind yet what I’m doing next.” He also cast doubt on his involvement with a third "Guardians" film even after Aerosmith singer Steve Tyler expressed interest in a cameo. As such, Gunn's most recent statement is a change in tune, but one that's sure to thrill "Guardians of the Galaxy" fans.
Even as Gunn talks "Guardians 3," the release date for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" looms ever closer. The sequel film, which hits theaters this May, brings back fan-favorite characters like Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Groot and adds a few new members to the team, including Mantis and Nebula. Together, this motley crew will encounter Star-Lord's father Ego the Living Planet and then have to save the galaxy -- again.
Written and directed by James Gunn, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, and franchise newcomer, Kurt Russell, who plays Star-Lord’s father – Ego, the Living Planet. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” arrives in theaters May 5.