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James Gunn Will Return To Write and Direct 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3'

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' doesn't release until May 5 but director James Gunn has already confirmed he will return for the third installment in the franchise.

"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," Gunn wrote in a post on Facebook.

"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," he adds.

Gunn confirms that the third film will be set after the 'Infinity War' and "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."

He said there was actually less pressure with the sequel because "this time I knew there was an audience waiting to see it!"

Gunn also joked that working with Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone was "daunting and at times overwhelming" so he "ran around in my backyard as a kid pretending to be Snake Plissken and John Rambo."

April 18, 2017 |

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