Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: Gunn confirms filming start for ‘huge’ MCU threequel
Following the increasing hype surrounding Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Suicide Squad due to its record-breaking red band trailer, Marvel fans are also getting eager to hear something new about James Gunn’s long-awaited Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Because of this the director took to Twitter to confirm a few details about the upcoming MCU threequel, revealing that they’re indeed planning to start the production sometime this year. It’s most likely that filming might start as soon as Gunn completes his work on The Suicide Squad and its spinoff series Peacemaker, which is currently in production.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 4, 2021
Gunn also teased that fans should expect to see the introduction of new worlds and alien characters in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 which he described as the biggest installment in the trilogy.
Our designers & visual development geniuses are busy creating new, fantastic designs of other worlds & alien beings. I’m not sure the galaxy is big enough for all this magic.
I’m excited. #Vol3 https://t.co/gtboIx2YWX
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 5, 2021
The space-traveling team was most recently seen in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame where they were joined by Chris Hemsworth’s Thor during the final moments of the film. Because of this, Guardians of the Galaxy stars including Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and Karen Gillan are set to appear in Thor: Love and Thunder which is currently set for a 2022 release. After that, they will go on their next solo adventure which will again be directed and written by James Gunn.
Plot details about the third installment are still under wraps but it potentially involve the team’s search for the missing Gamora, who abruptly left after Thanos was finally defeated. Gunn also previously confirmed that Bradley Cooper’s Rocket will play a big part in the upcoming threequel.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is currently set for a 2023 theatrical release.
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.