Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 isn't even out yet but director extraordinaire James Gunn isn't leaving the Marvel franchise any time soon. On the contrary, he has confirmed via Facebook that he will be taking the helm of Guardians Vol. 3 – and if that isn't news that gets you hooked on a (very good) feeling then we don't know what is.
Always a filmmaker who is quick to engage with the fanbase, Gunn explains that he felt a duty to complete a trilogy of movies in his own unique style. He released the following statement:
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.
And the all-important sentence we were all waiting for...
So, yes, I'm returning to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
So what can we expect from the new movie?
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.
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.
James Gunn was already in our top directors but with this heartfelt, enthusiastic response, he has a claim to being the best at the moment, or if not certainly the most engaged. What do you make of the news? Let us know @Cineworld.