Guardians Of The Galaxy and Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 writer/director James Gunn has finally officially committed to staying on for Vol 3. It’s been known for a couple of months that Marvel was already officially developing a third Guardians movie, but until Gunn has been circumspect about his involvement saying that committing to another three years on the same franchise was a big decision.
Now Gunn has revealed on Facebook that he’s decide to stay on.
“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 dishonourable 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, yes, I’m returning to write and direct Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3.
“In the end, 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, like in both Vol 1 and Vol 2, we will work on creating the story that goes beyond what you expect.”
Gunn went on to say that this film will close a chapter on “this iteration” of the Guardians and will lead into the next 10 years of Marvel movies.
“Much of what’s happened in the MCU for the past 10 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 10 years and beyond. I will be working side-by-side with Kevin Feige and the gang to help design where these stories go, and make sure the future of the Marvel Cosmic Universe is as special and authentic and magical as what we have created so far. I promise you, the fans, I’ll do it all with integrity and love and respect for the characters.”