Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 won’t be titled Asgardians of the Galaxy
In one of the ending coda scenes of Avengers: Endgame we got to see Thor, God of Thunder, embarking on a new journey as he decided to leave earth to join the Guardians of the Galaxy on their next space mission. After he entered the Benatar, he excitedly calls the team Asgardians of the Galaxy which was clearly a nod to Marvel comics’ new series. Because of that scene, many fans were worried that that might become the official title for the next Guardians of the Galaxy film. However, despite many speculations, writer-director James Gunn took to Instagram (via CBR) to assure the GOTG fans that the upcoming Vol. 3 film won’t be called Asgardians of the Galaxy.
James Gunn, who wrote and directed the first two films, was originally set to return to direct the highly-anticipated third installment in the space-faring comic book franchise, but following resurfacing of controversial tweets from very early in his career, Disney cut ties with the 52-year-old director and production was delayed until the studio found an A-list filmmaker to replace him. After months of widespread support from fans and the entire cast of the films and f behind-the-scenes discussions between Disney and Gunn, he was reinstated to write and direct the third installment. The House of Mouse will allow Gunn the time to finish production on Warner Bros.’ The Suicide Squad, for which he signed on a few months after his firing.
The first Guardians of the Galaxy was the surprise hit of the second phase in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, grossing nearly $775 million at the box office and earning widespread critical acclaim for its abundance of humor, emotional story and Gunn’s direction, in addition to its soundtrack becoming the first album of its genre consisting of previously released songs to top the Billboard 200 chart and having sold over 2.5 million copies in 2014 alone. The second film hit theaters three years later and prove to be a near equal success to its predecessor, grossing over $800 million at the box office and earning more acclaim from critics and audiences who continued to praise the performances, direction, soundtrack and story while some criticized a feeling of familiarity in some of the film’s humor.
The space-travelling team were most recently seen in the box-office breaking Avengers: Endgame and while their next solo adventure doesn’t have a release date, Gunn’s completion of the script last year and with a production set for next year should see the film hit theaters sometime in 2022.