Like all Marvel Studio films before it, Guardians of the Galaxy was a smash hit at the box office. What was a surprise was how big of a hit it was, since it featured relatively unknown characters.
A lot of its success was credited to co-writer/director James Gunn, who is returning to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 due in theaters later this year. During an interview with Complex, he was asked whether there would be a third film. Here’s what he said:
“There will be a Guardians 3, that’s for sure. We’re trying to figure it out. I’m trying to figure out what I want to do really, that’s all it is. I got to figure out where I want to be, what I want to spend the next three years of my life doing. You know, I’m going to make another big movie; is it the Guardians or something else? I’m just going to figure it out over the next couple of weeks.”
Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is still dependent on whether the second film of the franchise does well or not — but it is very improbable (nigh-impossible, even) that it would bomb at the box office. Most directors do move on at Marvel Studios after about two films, with the only exception being Anthony and Joe Russo. In their case, they still did move on after two Captain America films, but are continuing on with Avengers: Infinity War and the currently untitled Avengers 4.
Speaking of those sequels, Gunn revealed that the Guardians would have a key role in the upcoming films. Here’s what he revealed about their role in Infinity War:
“You know listen, I don’t think we should overstate things that it is an Avengers movie, but the Guardians are a part of the cosmic universe, they’re a part of Thanos’ stories, so, they are in there, and they have, not the biggest, but, an integral part to that.”
Considering that both Nebula and Gamora are pretty much his adopted daughters, it’ll make their story in the next two Avengers a bit more personal. I can’t help but think that Guardians of the Galaxy started life out as both an experiment of whether the Marvel brand was strong enough to introduce relatively unknown characters, and a necessary step to introduce Thanos’ realm of the cosmos. James Gunn seemed to take that and craft a film that was so much fun, the part of why it was made in the first place became trivial. It would be a shame if he at least didn’t complete a trilogy.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will premiere in theaters on May 5, 2017.