James Gunn Reveals He’ll Direct and Write ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 still hasn’t hit screens, but fans already want to know whether filmmaker James Gunn will continue on at the helm for the next one. We have our answer.

Gunn, who directed/co-wrote Guardians of the Galaxy and directed/wrote Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, has made it official: He will be directing and writing the third Guardians film.

The filmmaker took to his Facebook page to make the announcement, posting in no uncertain terms, “Yes, I’m returning to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.”

Gunn explained that his decision to stay on at the helm came down to his love for the characters…

“[…] My love for Rocket, Groot, Gamora, Star-Lord, Yondu, Mantis, Drax, and Nebula – and some of the other forthcoming heroes – goes deeper than you guys can possibly imagine, and I feel they have more adventures to go on and things to learn about themselves and the wonderful and sometimes terrifying universe we all inhabit.”

… and his experience working with Marvel and Disney.

“I love them all and appreciate immensely their collaboration. I wake up every day pinching myself that they’d allow this punk rock kid from Missouri to help create this wonderful universe, and to not only allow but encourage creative freedom while doing so.”

Of course, no plot details were revealed, but Gunn did shed some light on when Guardians 3 would be set.

“Much of what’s happened in the MCU for the past ten or so years has been leading, in a big way, to the Avengers’ Infinity War. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will happen after all that. It 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.”

At this point, it makes perfect sense to have Gunn stay on to complete a Guardians trilogy. His love and passion for the characters and this universe is clear, and he locked himself in as the right man for the job with the first film, which earned rave reviews and pulled in an impressive $US773.3 million worldwide.

Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives in Australia on April 25 and hits the US on May 5, Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled for US release on May 4, 2018, and the still-untitled Infinity War follow-up will hit US screens on May 3, 2019.