The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe could be in tatters after the world altering events that will take place during Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers 4. Some of our most beloved characters might just expire, as will their contracts. In the grand scheme of things, the Russo brothers directed films were always seen as the natural conclusion to the life cycle of most of these stories. However, Guardians of the Galaxy director, James Gunn, has been speaking at a Facebook Live session, and dropped a few clues about the part his threequel will play in shaping the further adventures of the MCU.
Gunn answered a few questions that confirmed information we’re already privy to about the involvement of Michael Rooker’s Yondu, and what kind of Groot we’d be seeing in Guardians 3, but the most ambitiously juicy element of the discussion came when a fan asked him if they were going to introduce Richard Rider, aka Nova, into future Marvel films. This is how Gunn responded:-
“Yes, definitely. Nova comes up occasionally as someone we might use. One of the things I’m doing with creating Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, it will take place after the next two Avengers movies, and it will help to set up the next 10, 20 years of Marvel movies. It’s going to really expand the comic universe. We’re going to be setting up new characters. It will be the last movie of this version of Guardians of the Galaxy”
Marvel clearly feel that Gunn is the right man to present different, stranger ideas to the mainstream audience than the iconic characters they’re used to, having done a stellar job of turning the Guardians from unknown oddities into box-office giants. It’s hard to disagree.
You can watch the full Q&A here.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is rumoured to land in 2020.
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