With the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 about three weeks away, more news about the Marvel Comics movie franchise has been released; this time, it comes from the director himself.
According to a report by ComicBook.com’s Charlie Ridgely, director James Gunn confirmed that there will be a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on his personal Facebook page. Gunn will both direct and write Vol. 3 like he did for the first two films.
“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,” Gunn wrote on Monday. “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 also praised his time with his partners at Marvel Studios in his post.
“My partnership with the folks at Marvel Studios—Kevin Feige, Lou D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and Jonathan Schwartz—has been the best of my professional career and is a huge contributing factor to my decision—as is my relationship to the guys at Disney Studios—Bob Iger, Alan Horn and Alan Bergman—who have been cheerleading innovation and the pure love of movies from the start,” Gunn wrote. “This is the kind of thing you’d expect a director to say about the people who have just hired him, but people who know me know I would never put up working with people I don’t like for a single movie, much less two and much, much less three.
“I love them all and appreciate immensely their collaboration. I wake up every day pinching myself that they’d allow this punk-rock kid from Missouri to help create this wonderful universe and to noy only allow but encourage creative freedom while doing so.
“I cant fricking wait to get started.”
Per Gunn, the third iteration of Guardians of the Galaxy will take place after Avengers: Infinity War.
“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,” Gunn wrote. “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.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5.