James Gunn confirms he’s writing and directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

james gunn writing and directing guardians of the galaxy 3

James Gunn will be back to close out the trilogy he started. The director has revealed that he’s officially writing and directing the third installment of Guardians of the Galaxy. And, barring the second volume sucking, this is pretty rad news.


It’s official: James Gunn will return to write and direct “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.” Gunn made the official announcement in a long post on his Facebook page, writing, “So, yes, I’m returning to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.”

“Before I was able to honestly answer this, I needed to know it was, in my heart, what I truly felt called to do,” he explained. “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.”

In his post, Gunn revealed that “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” will take place after the events of “Avengers: Infinity War,” saying, “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.”

In his post, Gunn cited his love for the characters and thanked those at Marvel Studios and Disney that helped usher the “Guardians” into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Kevin Feige, Lou D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Bob Iger, Alan Horn and Alan Bergman. According to Gunn, “I can’t fricking wait to get started.”