Somewhere in the not-too-distant future, beyond Avengers: Infinity War and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, writer-director James Gunn can foresee a fourth Guardians movie featuring a new roster of A-holes.
Speaking with the Toronto Sun on the eve of Vol. 2, Gunn stressed that the current goal is to weave a satisfying trilogy that will bring a sense of closure to the crew’s galactic escapades. What lies beyond that? Not even James Gunn is completely sure, but if Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 4 becomes a reality, it won’t feature the same dysfunctional family that fans have come to know and love.
I think the first three movies tell a single story and that story is pretty simple. I think that there could be a Guardians Vol. 4, but it would not be the same. It would not be the same group… basically the story of this group ends with Vol. 3.
The Guardians will naturally take precedence for James Gunn moving forward, but we understand the filmmaker will also help dot the I’s and cross the T’s of Phase 4 and beyond. Up until now, Marvel has been keeping any and all details regarding Phase 4 – which may not be called Phase 4 to begin with – under lock and key, but it’s interesting to hear Gunn drop hints about other “cosmic characters” waiting on the fringes of the MCU.
I will be helping to plant the seeds that will lead to the next decade. I’m helping to decide what projects we’ll be pursuing outside of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3… and what the next cosmic characters we will focus on.
On May 5th, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will light up theaters across the States. Looking further afield, Star-Lord and the crew are locked in for 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War – the event movie ten years in the making – while there’s also Vol. 3 to consider. Assuming the Powers That Be issue the green light on a fourth volume – and chances are they will – who would you like to see take on the Guardians mantle? Do let us know below.