The Guardians may be headed for a lineup change following the recently confirmed "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3." Speaking to ScreenRant during the "Vol. 2" press junket, director James Gunn was asked to clarify his comments about the third film being "the end" for the Guardians; that is to say, if he meant "the end of the team past phase 4" or "your end of the team."
"It means it's the end of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Yeah," he confirmed.
Of course, Gunn's comments aren't entirely surprising. He already confirmed his plans to introduce more heroes in the third installment when he announced his return for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3," which will finish out the trilogy. This indicates that we'll see a few new faces join the core team in "Vol. 3."
We've also seen the "Avengers" roster shaken-up a few times on screen, with "Avengers: Age of Ultron" adding the likes of Vision (Paul Bettany) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), only to have "Captain America: Civil War" tear the team apart. As much as it may hurt fans to say goodbye to some team members, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has proven to be at its best when it takes risks, and changing up the Guardians rooster following "Vol. 3" could prove to be yet another risk worth taking for them.
Of course, before we can turn our focus to "Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3," we still have a bit of a wait until “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2." The sequel, which hits theaters in a little over two weeks, 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.