Director James Gunn hasn’t said exactly when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 would release, but he hasn’t been entirely quiet either.
Beyond the final pair of announced Avengers films, the slate of films coming from Marvel Studios is wide open with the exception of a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. While many expect a sequel to Doctor Strange to take up a spot on the Marvel Studios release schedule, a third Guardians of the Galaxy film has been officially confirmed by director James Gunn. A release date has yet to be revealed but Gunn recently revealed he has knowledge regarding “when the basic time is” for that window. As for production, he expects it to begin in “a little more than year.”
Heading into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Gunn has set a high bar with the massively successful and highly praised pair of Guardians movies he has already unleashed on the world. “It’s been pretty easy,” Gunn said. “The truth is, the first movie is the first act, the second movie is the second act, and the third movie is the third act so I’m tying a lot of stuff together in the third film. We get a lot of answers on a lot of different things, so doing that in an elegant way takes a little bit of grace and elegance. It’s more challenging in that respect writing the third movie than the second movie.”
The final installment will follow the same thorough process Gunn goes through when developing each of his films. “I do an incredibly in-depth treatment for every movie,” Gunn said. “I think of writing a screenplay as creating the body of a human being and you’ve got to start with the skeleton, start with the bones, and you create the bones. You take a lot of time because that’s the actual base of the movie and if you screw that part up, later on down the line, you’re going to have a lot of mistakes. So by creating a really strong foundation for the story, that’s the most important thing. So I write a good treatment that’s probably about 70 pages long. It includes photographs and things like that. So that has been the way I’ve dealt with every movie and this one as well.”