Right before “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” opened, filmmaker James Gunn confirmed that he would write and direct the third chapter. This week he tells IGN that the third ‘Guardians’ will play a big part in how the MCU develops going forward, and so he is expanding his role.
This means working with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to help oversee the future of the entire Marvel Cosmic Universe in a post-“Avengers: Infinity War” phase:
“We talk about it all the time. It’s already a part of what I’m doing with Marvel and the conversations that Kevin and I have every day. When we’re talking about ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3,’ and that story, that’s a story that will lead to other stories. It’s innate to the DNA that that’s the end of a trilogy but it’s the beginning of a whole other element of the Marvel Cosmic universe. That’s a part of what I’m doing now.”
Gunn has previously stated that “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” will take place years after Vol. 2 and will conclude the story of the current Guardians team as well as serve as a launching pad for new Marvel characters.