Of all the Phase 3 Marvel Cinematic Universe films yet to see theatrical release, writer/director James Gunn’s forthcoming franchise sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is among the most highly anticipated by die-hard comic book fans and general audiences alike. Following the original runaway blockbuster hit of 2014, fans have sung the first Guardians of the Galaxy‘s praises ad nausea at this point, and the sequel already promises to build upon that unprecedented success and recently established legacy.

Featuring acclaimed Hollywood action star Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight) as – reportedly – the father of Peter “Star-Lord” Quill (Chris Pratt), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has only just recently wrapped filming. Ahead of the movie’s theatrical release next year, Gunn has already seen fit to tease fans of the events soon to come in his much anticipated MCU sequel – though his days may be numbered as a Marvel Studios director, judging by some recent comments made by the man himself.

In an official series of posts to his personal Facebook page, Gunn was quick to state that he feels honored to have worked with the entire cast and crew on the two Guardians movies that he has made thus far, and that he loves the characters and having had the opportunity to bring them to life on the big screen. However, when asked which of the two films was the hardest to make, Gunn was quick to state that the second one was more arduous, and added that he is currently unsure of whether or not he would want to make Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

You can check out Gunn’s original Facebook posts below:

It goes without saying that this is all hearsay for now, though it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the effort that goes into making a Marvel Studios production would be one that can wear a person down, especially when it comes to writing and directing. Gunn could still very well rally to the cause and end up producing the next entry in the franchise, but for now Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will have to suffice for die-hard fans and general moviegoers come May 2017.

Even if Gunn does in fact end up bidding adieu to the MCU following the theatrical release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, there is little doubt that Marvel Studios will be able to assign the next entry in the series to an equally capable writing and directing team. Until then, fans can look forward to at least one more adventure with “Star-Lord” and company from Gunn in 2017.

NEXT: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is Coming to Comic-Con 2016

Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017;Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.

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