Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Won't End Gunn's Relationship with Marvel

Just because "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" will be James Gunn's last "Guardians" movie doesn't mean the writer-director is done with Marvel altogether. At the premiere of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," Gunn told The Hollywood Reporter that he won't be finished with Marvel after "Vol. 3."

"It doesn’t mean it will be the end of my relationship with Marvel,” he teased, but didn't offer any additional details. According the report, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said earlier this week that Gunn "could easily oversee additional stories beyond ‘Vol. 3.'”

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Neither Gunn nor Feige elaborated on what we could see from Gunn in Marvel's future. For the moment, Gunn is planted firmly in the cosmic sector of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; there is plenty of other material left to cover there, though he could easily scale back and pick an Earth-based hero.

On Monday, Gunn announced that he will return to write and direct “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.” This was a surprising change in tune from his earlier statements; 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. However, Gunn hinted that he may have changed his mind last month when he confirmed that there would be a third “Guardians of the Galaxy” film and that he would be involved in it, though he didn’t specify what that involvement might be. Nevertheless, Gunn’s announcement came as a surprise, but one that has thrilled “Guardians of the Galaxy” fans.

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Even as Gunn talks “Guardians 3” and beyond, 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 Kurt Russell. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” arrives in theaters May 5.

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