A recent report suggests that production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will begin in February of 2021. The film was put on hold after controversial tweets involving writer and director James Gunn led to Disney firing him. Initially, Disney didn't want to rehire Gunn, but he's since been brought back on to helm the upcoming third entry. The film was originally expected to arrive in theaters sometime next year, but with production now reportedly set to begin in a couple of years, the film will arrive in theaters at a later date.
The cosmic team fans have come to love over the last few years were initially just part of an obscure comic book until Gunn turned them into a major hit worldwide beginning with 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy. Not much is known about the plot of the film, but Gunn has confirmed that it'll end this specific version of the cosmic team. Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Vol. 3 will also set the stage for a decade or two of future Marvel movies. Stars Chris Pratt, Pom Klementieff, and Dave Bautista have confirmed that they'll return to reprise their respective roles. Bautista, who recently returned to WWE, has defended Gunn since he was let go from the project, and even threatened to quit the film at one point. Despite that, the film is moving forward and production looks to start in a couple of years.
According to Production Weekly (via Comic Book) production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will reportedly begin in February of 2021. We have reached out to Disney for comment on the report. With Gunn working on Warner Bros. The Suicide Squad, which is set to release the year production would begin on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3., that's likely the main reason early 2021 was chosen as a planned date to begin filming the third movie involving the cosmic team. Gunn will first devote all his time to The Suicide Squad before shifting his focus towards Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3., which will be filmed under the working title of "Hot Christmas".
While that means the film itself wouldn't arrive for several more years, fans who've been waiting for a third entry can be excited knowing it's one step closer. And, if production does begin in February of 2021 that would give Gunn enough time to wrap on The Suicide Squad so that all of his attention can be shifted toward completing the trilogy he started in 2014. The decision to rehire Gunn may not sit well with some, but there's no denying that he's been a key piece in the success of the Guardians of the Galaxy films, so his involvement means another hit is on the way.
While plans involving the production of a film could always change, hopefully, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 stays on track. It's been nearly two years since the second entry released, and fans have been clamoring for more ever since. However, by the time the third film reaches theaters, it'll be the longest gap in between movies for the series. And, while a release date isn't yet known, news regarding its release should become more specific once Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 begins production.
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