The Marvel Cinematic Universe just keeps on expanding. Speaking to IGN, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn discussed his future with the MCU -- and suggested that he has more stories to tell once Guardians of the Galaxy 3 wraps.
Asked whether he and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige talk about other cosmic Marvel projects, Gunn said, "We talk about it all the time. It’s already a part of what I’m doing with Marvel and the conversations that Kevin and I have every day. When we’re talking about Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and that story, that’s a story that will lead to other stories. It’s innate to the DNA that that’s the end of a trilogy but it’s the beginning of a whole other element of the Marvel Cosmic universe. That’s a part of what I’m doing now."
Of course, Gunn doesn't say whether or not these "other stories" will involve Chris Pratt's Star-Lord or the rest of the Guardians team as we know it. In April, Gunn teased that he'd get to work on Guardians of the Galaxy 3 sometime soon, but not straightaway. As such, it makes sense that he can't reveal which characters could survive past Guardians 3 -- or perhaps he won't, as that could mean spoilers for a film that's quite a few years out.
In the meantime, he's busy working on Avengers: Infinity War, an MCU installment that will feature his Guardians team as well as the Avengers. Either way, the conclusion of the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy won't spell the end of Gunn's time with Marvel, at least for the foreseeable future.
In the interview, Gunn also teased a future for some unlikely characters from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Referring to two alien creatures seen during the scene where Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Yondu and Kraglin cross the universe in several hundred jumps, he teased, "They’re called Kronans, is what they are, and they’re specific characters. You might see them somewhere else in the future." However, we'll have to wait to see exactly where they turn up.
Now in theaters, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Sean Gunn as Kraglin and Kurt Russell as Ego.