The eagerly anticipated second instalment in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie series comes out in just over a week. The first movie exploded onto screens in 2014 and gave more mature comic fans a movie that was definitely targeted at them long before Deadpool, with its occasionally crude humour, evident self-awareness and loveably unlikeable protagonists. Fans of all ages have been waiting for the sequel since it came out. The movie’s popularity meant that a lot of people looked forward to not just one further movie, but perhaps even a full series that explored this new galaxy with these badass heroes in more depth.
But it really wasn’t as obvious that those sequels would happen than some might assume – and not necessarily for the reasons you might think.
Writer and director James Gunn is currently handling the pre-release press for the new movie and today took to Facebook to explain directly to his fans and followers what the future holds for his series.
He began by explaining some of his own reservations about creating a third movie, based on the history of film trilogies:
“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 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.”
With that cleared up, he went on share what every Guardians of the Galaxy plan has been waiting to hear:
“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.”
As the post continues, Gunn has nothing but praise for the team he’s worked with and the opportunities he’s had within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
He says that the third volume in the Guardians series will be released after Avengers: Infinity War, offering a glimpse of what Marvel will do once that enormous storyline is wrapped up. He also hints at a long future, with which he will be closely involved to ensure that his creations are treated with the care he has shown them so far, saying that the next movie will “help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond”.