Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has finally (and officially) announced that he will be directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. While it seems like a no-brainer on Marvel’s part, Gunn has been pretty hesitant about committing to the third film.
Today, Gunn took to Facebook to publicly state that he will be directing Guardians of the Galaxy 3, preferring to tell the fans first instead of during a random news junket. Here’s what he said:
“Before I was able to honestly answer this, I needed to know it was, in my heart, what I truly felt called to do. There is a history in Hollywood of haphazard endings to trilogies, and I didn’t want to become a part of that dishonorable tradition of pretending the third one doesn’t exist. I couldn’t do it for the money, and I couldn’t do it because it was what other people wanted me to do. I needed to do it because it was what I needed to do. I have never made choices in my career based on anything other than passion and love for the stories and characters, and I didn’t want to start now.
“So, after many months of ruminations and discussions, I know the answer. I could save this answer for the first, random interviewer to ask me during the press junket but instead I thought I’d share it with the most important people in the Guardiansverse – you, the fans, who have been so incredibly supportive and enthusiastic over the past five years, it has moved me to tears on a regular basis.
“So, yes, I’m returning to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.”
This is absolutely fantastic news, as Gunn’s sensibilities are what makes the Guardians films one of the biggest Marvel hits. Interestingly, it seems that the director has been able to avoid any problems with trying to shoehorn in the larger MCU story into the franchise with the two films — and it looks like he’ll be left to his own devices once again.
Gunn also goes on to reveal that the third movie will, “conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond.” He also says that he’ll be working side-by-side with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and the creative team to set up the future of the Marvel Cosmic Universe. Something tells me the next big threat facing the Avengers will also be from space.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will premiere in theaters on May 5, 2017.