James Gunn's Marvel Influence Could Extend Beyond GotG3

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While celebrating the upcoming release of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige indicated that "GotG" director James Gunn could have a bigger role in the post-Infinity War Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"I think James in particular has an amazing connection with these characters and with this cosmic world. So he, I think, could easily oversee additional stories beyond 'Vol. 3,'" Fiege said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "I think has them and just continues to come up with them, which is cool. All of our core writers and filmmakers know what we are doing in other places and help give input on the various projects."

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While Gunn confirmed in March that there would be a third installment in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" series, he only recently revealed that he would be returning to write and direct the film. The director teased that "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" would "help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond."

There is currently no release date for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3," but "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is slated for release this May. The film will pick up just after the events of the first film and follow the Guardians as they struggle to keep their group together while helping Peter Quill learn about his true parentage.

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Written and directed by James Gunn, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" arrives in theaters May 5. The movie 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.

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