Even though almost every member of the squad, except Rocket and Nebula, had been snuffed out of existence by the end of Avengers: Infinity War, not to mention Gamora's heartbreaking death, people know that most of the characters are coming back one way or another come Avengers 4. Actors such as Chris Pratt, Pom Klementieff, and Dave Bautista have confirmed that they're returning to reprise their respective roles in next year's Marvel ensemble movie, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 which is rumored to roll out in May of 2020. Unfortunately, even if the whole team eventually bands back together, it won't be long before they all go their separate ways.
Taking to Twitter to interact with fans, Gunn provided new information with regard to what fans can expect from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. While the filmmaker didn't reveal anything specific about the threequel, he did say that "Vol 3 will end this iteration of the Guardians and complete the story of the three films." Check out his tweet below:
It's important to note that it's uncertain where Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will fall on the MCU timeline. While it's been previously presumed that it will take place after the events of Avengers 4, recent comments from the Russo brothers regarding sequels happening in the time gap between characters' respective films and Infinity War pose this possibility. This way, standalone follow-ups aren't a guarantee that currently dusted characters are going to be resurrected in Avengers 4. For the case of Star-Lord and his gang, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 would've been four-long years until they first encountered Thor. While this could be the case, it's odd that there wasn't any mention of the team's previous outings in Infinity War considering that the director/writer has long teased about how the threequel will be a major factor in the MCU's future, supposedly setting up the franchise's next decade.
On top of Gunn helming the Guardians of the Galaxy sub-franchise, he's also overseeing the cosmic side of the MCU. It's possible that marking the end of this core team of Guardians will result in branching out to several other spinoffs - something that the filmmaker has previously mentioned. What's interesting to know, however, is whether the "end" of this mix of characters isn't really the end, but more of a break as they move on with separate missions only to reunite later on down the road, or it's really going to be the last time that fans will see these heroes operate as a single unit.
Source: James Gunn/Twitter
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