Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige unleashed the studio's massive Phase 4 slate during Comic Con International in San Diego. However one of the few films absent from the line-up was the previously announced Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Don't worry, though. The Guardians will return after director James Gunn fulfills his work on another comic book property.
In a response to a fan on Twitter, Gunn explained that there wasn't an update on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 at SDCC because he has to finish The Suicide Squad first. "Sorry to disappoint," he tweeted. "Guardians Vol. 3 IS happening, but I am finishing The Suicide Squad first."
Sorry to disappoint. Guardians Vol. 3 IS happening, but I am finishing The Suicide Squad first. ❤️ https://t.co/gFodDqiDvl— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 21, 2019
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has had quite the bumpy road over the past year, as it was last July that Gunn was famously fired from the project following a series of controversial tweets. His ousting essentially put the series on the back-burner, which also left time for him to go on and explore other projects, such as The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros. and DC. So, it's not entirely surprising then that Gunn has confirmed The Suicide Squad will need to be finished before he can return to the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.
Still, while Marvel Studios made quite the splash at SDCC yesterday, it's possible we may hear something during next month's D23 presentation. After all, Feige will also be on hand at that event, and while he won't have nearly as much time, there may be enough to tease the likes of Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Written and directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 does not currently have a release date. The film is reportedly scheduled to begin production in February 2021.