Exciting news for Guardians of the Galaxy fans: the writer and director behind Marvel’s smash hit has signed on to helm the third volume!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is already being hyped well before its predecessor hits theaters. Still, given the enormous success of the first installment and the critical praise its sophomore debut has, it isn’t surprising that Marvel and Disney want to capitalize on the momentum to lock the man largely responsible for the franchise’s success into another installment!
Addressing his followers on Facebook, the writer/director broke the news in a lengthy and heart-felt post:
[T]he 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.
Gunn is clearly passionate about the project, its characters, and the overall universe they inhabit, having this to say about his decision to come on board for 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.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will see all of the major players (Chris Pratt to return as Star-Lord alongside Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, and Vin Diesel as Groot) are back in action! They’ll presumably join Gunn for Vol. 3 – if they manage to survive Vol. 2!
Be sure to hit theaters on May 5th, when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 releases!