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Avengers 4 Directors Say Guardians Vol. 3 Delay Had No Affect On The Film

Via Collider's special Infinity War screening, Joe and Anthony Russo confirmed that the Guardians 3 delay did not affect the plot or scheduling of Avengers 4.

Cast your mind back to August, to a time when the Internet was still reeling after James Gunn’s firing, and you’ll likely recall the rumors that the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 delay would create a knock-on effect on Avengers 4, resulting in minor story changes for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

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The speculation can be traced back to Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), who claimed that the uncertainty surrounding Guardians 3 would lead to a rethink regarding the fate of Star-Lord and Co. in Avengers 4. Alas, that’s simply not the case, as Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo took a moment to debunk Bautista’s assertions during last night’s Q&A session with Collider (h/t MCU Cosmic).

Here’s proof of that rebuttal courtesy of Twitter:

Filming on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 isn’t expected to commence until at least 2021, given Marvel Studios still hasn’t appointed James Gunn’s replacement. Not that they’re in any hurry, mind you, as Avengers 4 (and Captain Marvel!) has taken precedence for the time being, as the curtain begins to fall on Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It’s also important to remember that Avengers 4 had already completed filming by the time Disney decided to part ways with James Gunn – save for pick-ups and additional photography – so it’s not all that surprising to learn that the delay of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 had no tangible impact on its MCU brethren.

Speaking of which, we know Avengers 4 will be with us on May 3rd of next year, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 expected to follow suit shortly thereafter. When, exactly, we’re not sure, but we’ll keep you right up-to-date as more information comes to light.


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