Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 came out on home video this week, so that means director James Gunn hit the promotion trail to remind us all. Gunn held a Facebook Live event yesterday in which he revealed that work on the upcoming sequel for the film is geared not just towards wrapping up a trilogy of films about the titular intergalactic misfits, but also with an eye to setting up a number of Marvel Studios films for the foreseeable future.
One of the things I’m doing with creating Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, it will take place after the next wo Avengers movies and it will help to set up the next 10, 20 years of Marvel movies. It’s going to really expand the cosmic universe. We’re going to be setting up new characters. It will be the last movie of this version of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Currently, Marvel Studios is crescendoing towards the culmination of the plotlines running across their cinematic universe films in next summer’s The Avengers: Infinity War and 2019’s Avengers 4. With the superheros of the world will be facing off against the intergalactic despot Thanos, it was the first Guardians Of The Galaxy film that played the important role of really opening wide the cosmic side of that story. It is perhaps fitting that the third Guardians installment helps set the stage for whatever Marvel has planned next.
And what does Marvel exactly have planned for what lies beyond their current “Phase Three” cycle of films? No one really knows, outside of the fact that we will be seeing Guardians Vol 3 and sequels to Doctor Strange and Spider-Man: Homecoming. We should most likely see Guardians Vol 3 in 2020.