While Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, have managed to be their own beasts -- though set within a larger cinematic universe -- the third film won't necessarily have the same luxury. Although writer and director James Gunn has confirmed he'll return to complete the trilogy, there isn't much else the public knows regarding Vol. 3, other than the fact that it'll take place after the events of Avengers: Infinity War. And according to Gunn's brother and Guardians star Sean Gunn, the dependency upon the next two Avengers film has led to his brother being more "patient" with developing the trilogy closer.
Gunn, who plays Kraglin and also serves as the stand-in on set for Rocket, recently talked about the franchise with the folks at Fan Fest, and briefly discussed the upcoming third film. Although [James] Gunn does serve as a producer on the currently filming Avengers: Infinity War, which will see the Guardians team-up on screen with the Avengers for the first time, the film is far from finished yet, making it hard for him to begin plotting the third film -- especially with the still-untitled fourth Avengers film yet to begin filming. (The projects were originally set to film back to back, but that changed earlier this year.) So while James may have plenty of ideas of where to take the third film, Sean says it's still a bit of a "wait and see" situation.
"I know that James is being a little bit more patient this time around. Partially because some of what happens with the Guardians is dependent on what happens with them in Infinity War. And even though my brother’s a producer on Infinity War, those movies aren’t finished yet so until we kind of see where everything lands there that’s going to have some bearing on what happens with the Guardians. So it’s a little bit of a wait and see but I’m sure there are a lot of ideas already in the works."
Of course, just because the third Guardians film will need to react to the next two Avengers films, doesn't mean Gunn hasn't started working on it in some capacity. For now, Gunn's main task is seeing that the Guardians we meet in the third Avengers film remain true to the characters fans have come to love thus far.
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 is currently playing in theaters. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 does currently does not have a release date, although it's expected it'll arrive in 2020.