With the build up towards the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in May, questions start to pop up if we will see the third installment at some point. Luckily, James Gunn is doing the rounds for the upcoming release of The Belko Experiment and naturally questions regarding his next Marvel entry are going to pop up. The question on the potential of a third installment, Gunn surprisingly was not coy to confirm that a third part is going to play a part moving forward beyond Phase 3.
“There will be a Guardians 3, that’s for sure,” he said. “We’re trying to figure it out. I’m trying to figure out what I want to do really, that’s all it is. I got to figure out where I want to be, what I want to spend the next three years of my life doing.”
This is quite interesting, as it hints at the fact that we may or may not see Gunn return for the third installment. It is understandable seeing that it is quite a commitment for the director, who has invested a lot of time in building up the first two films. He is also helping to keep the Guardians consistent in their portrayal in Avengers: Infinity War. It is quite a daunting experience that could see him wishing to try something new. He did give some hints at the struggle he is going through.
“You know, I’m going to make another big movie; is it the Guardians or something else? I’m just going to figure it out over the next couple of weeks.”
His hint that he would have to make a decision in the next couple of weeks could be a sign that we may get an announcement at some point. Considering that a sequel was confirmed even before the first film was released, it would not be much of a surprise to see it happen. In an interview with io9, Kevin Feige shared some insight on the topic as well.
“It is still a big chess board for 2020 and beyond, but certainly I would say Guardians 3 is one film that’s up there. I don’t know what exactly the order will be.”
It will be interesting to see when we see the announcement for the film, but it is good to see how much trust is put into the Guardians franchise. As the film release is closing in, there is still some time to see if we get an announcement, or if we will have to wait until San Diego Comic-Con for an official word. So far, the only post-Phase 3 film confirmed is Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s sequel