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James Gunn Confirms He is Returning For Guardians 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is about to hit theaters, in a couple of weeks, and Writer/Director James Gunn took to Facebook to deliver a bombshell!  Find out more after the jump!

One of the reasons Guardians of the Galaxy has been such a monumental success rests on the shoulders of its writer and director, James Gunn.  Since taking on Marvel's band of cosmic misfits, Gunn has become synonymous with the Guardians.  His passion, dedication, and love for the characters, the stars that portray them, and the fans have won over many of the fandom.  It doesn't look like he intends to let them down any time soon either.

Today, Gunn took to Facebook to announce the future of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.

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.

Gunn goes on to explain where Guardians of the Galaxy will fit in the MCU timeline.

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.

For starters, it's incredibly exciting to hear that Gunn will helm the 3rd Guardians film.  He has been instrumental in the success of this franchise that he's become irreplacable.  Gunn references something in his post that should resonate with all of us, Hollywood doesn't have a great history with the 3rd film in trilogies.  Disney is no exception, either, as many would like to forget Iron Man 3.  So, keeping James Gunn as writer and director should maintain the continuity needed to help make Guardians of the Galaxy the exception.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 hits theaters May 5, 2017!

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