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James Gunn says Guardians Vol. 3 will happen, whether or not he directs it

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We’ve not yet seen Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, which is due out on May 5, but the trailers suggest the sequel is every bit the clever, action-packed movie that the first volume was, if not more so. Director James Gunn has doubled down on everything here: the firepower and the star power (Kurt Russell is Star-Lord’s dad for cryin’ out loud); the cuteness, the Grootness, and the blueness (watching Nebula and Drax trying to get along is delightful). Naturally, this has promoted discussion about a third entry in the franchise, which Gunn says is an inevitability. What’s unclear is whether he’ll direct it.

Gunn spoke with Complex about the possibility of returning for Guardians Vol. 3 while doing the press rounds for The Belko Experiment, a movie that makes all other office spats pale in comparison.

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.


As much as he enjoyed working on a horror film again, Gunn isn’t walking away from big-budget pictures. But the question of whether he’ll helm the future adventures of Gamora, Rocket, et. al. remains unanswered for now.