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James Gunn announces that he'll write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3!

04.17.2017
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Whoa! I mean, I had a feeling this news was coming, but I had no idea that we'd be hearing about it today! Not long ago, A-hole extraordinaire (and I mean that in the warmest of terms) James Gunn announced via his Facebook page that he'll be writing and directing GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 3 for Disney and Marvel Entertainment.

Here's what he posted for those of your who are wise enough to stay away from Facebook:

Well, this week we start the U.S. press junket, before traveling to Europe at the end of the week. Of course I know some of the questions that come up a lot – “Wasn’t there a lot more pressure dealing with the sequel of a beloved film?” (No, there was less, because this time I knew there was an audience waiting to see it!) and, “What was it like working with Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone?” (Daunting and at times overwhelming – I ran around in my backyard as a kid pretending to be Snake Plissken and John Rambo, so these guys are true icons to me.)

But the question that comes up perhaps the most is, “What’s the deal with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and are you going to direct?”

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 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.

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.

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. 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 not only allow but encourage creative freedom while doing so.

I can’t fricking wait to get started.

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. 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.

Make mine Marvel.

We are Groot.

Excelsior!

Love,

James

It's obvious that Marvel's spiky-haired golden boy is very happy being a shaper of the label's planet hopping motely crew of misfits, and I for one am psyched to see his influence over this particular series continue.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 starring Chris Pratt, Zoe SaldanaDave BautistaVin DieselBradley CooperMichael RookerKaren GillanPom KlementieffElizabeth DebickiChris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell will be touching down in theaters on May 5, 2017.

What do you think? Are you excited to hear of Gunn's return or would you like to see another visionary take the helm of Marvel's weird and wild bunch of bandit heroes? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Extra Tidbit: This is awesome news! Now, can we please get a sequel to SLITHER?
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8:17AM on 04/18/2017
Amazing news.. glad he'll have his stamp on this
Amazing news.. glad he'll have his stamp on this
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9:39PM on 04/17/2017
EXCELLENT! AWESOME! YAY!
EXCELLENT! AWESOME! YAY!
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8:18PM on 04/17/2017

Great to hear he's doing the finale....

but anyone who thinks Marvel isn't going to take a BIG step down with their next group of films is fooling themselves. They are going from their 1st - 3rd tier properties to their 4th tier and below. There will be some gems like GOTG, but when you replace Iron Man, Thor and The Hulk with Black Panther, Captain Marvel (a ridiculously overpowered Captain Marvel) and the Ant Man & Dr Strange sequels, you better be prepared to take a hit at the box office. They can still make quality films, but
but anyone who thinks Marvel isn't going to take a BIG step down with their next group of films is fooling themselves. They are going from their 1st - 3rd tier properties to their 4th tier and below. There will be some gems like GOTG, but when you replace Iron Man, Thor and The Hulk with Black Panther, Captain Marvel (a ridiculously overpowered Captain Marvel) and the Ant Man & Dr Strange sequels, you better be prepared to take a hit at the box office. They can still make quality films, but these billion dollar blockbusters are a thing of the past until they decide to reboot franchises (the shared Spider-Man properties have the best chance of maintaining the success level, although they're not technically "Marvel's" movies the way the others are).

The good news for Marvel is that DC still hasn't figured out how to achieve that level of success (other than Nolan), so even a 50% successful Marvel film will challenge for the comic book movie crown each year.
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4:03AM on 04/18/2017
I think you're overestimating the percent of the audience that gives a shit about the comics. I'll be the first to admit that before this comic book movie "renaissance" happened I wasn't a big reader, and I doubt I'm an outlier. I think they've built a big enough fan-base that as long as their movies are good, or at least satisfying, they'll be fine.
I think you're overestimating the percent of the audience that gives a shit about the comics. I'll be the first to admit that before this comic book movie "renaissance" happened I wasn't a big reader, and I doubt I'm an outlier. I think they've built a big enough fan-base that as long as their movies are good, or at least satisfying, they'll be fine.
5:55PM on 04/17/2017

Yes!!!!!!!!

YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5:52PM on 04/17/2017
Hearing just how overwhelmingly positive Gunn's -- a very outspoken and independent director -- relationship is with Marvel, it really makes you wonder how things turned out just so badly between them and Edgar Wright.
Hearing just how overwhelmingly positive Gunn's -- a very outspoken and independent director -- relationship is with Marvel, it really makes you wonder how things turned out just so badly between them and Edgar Wright.
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8:09PM on 04/17/2017
Right? This actually confuses me very much! For all the directors over the course of these movies, Gunn honestly seems like the most likely to have issues with interference.
Right? This actually confuses me very much! For all the directors over the course of these movies, Gunn honestly seems like the most likely to have issues with interference.
4:34PM on 04/17/2017
The story will be based on the mystery of who Star-Lords Paternal Grandparents are/were.
The story will be based on the mystery of who Star-Lords Paternal Grandparents are/were.
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4:23PM on 04/17/2017
Great to hear that he'll be back for at least one more film to finish the trilogy because there is no other director I could see replacing him and doing as good of a job as Gunn.
Great to hear that he'll be back for at least one more film to finish the trilogy because there is no other director I could see replacing him and doing as good of a job as Gunn.
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