James Gunn has finished his Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy for Marvel, but while the Guardians franchise can still move forward, Gunn will be too busy running DC Studios to come back.
Talking to GamesRadar, Chris Pratt talks a bit about the story of these Guardians ending, and how the franchise can continue without Gunn at the helm. He says:
“It would be strange to continue Peter’s story without James… He’s done such a masterful job in the first three films. We really found the voice of Peter Quill together and without him, obviously, I would never have had this opportunity… to continue to tell the story, it would really be important to honor what he’s done in the first three films and to honor what the fans have grown to love about the character and not simply do it because people might show up to pay for it, you know?”
I’m not going to spoil anything about the film, but Vol. 3 definitely ends with the idea that the Guardians—or at least, a version of them—could come back in the future. Even with Gunn out, I think it’s very possible for someone else to have their own spin on this branch of the MCU; kind of like how Star Wars has multiple directors.
If you ask me, they should definitely bring back Edgar Wright. Wright had left Ant-Man way back in the 2010s due to creative differences, but I can imagine him delivering a fun ensemble space adventure without the pressure that comes with an IP like Star Wars. Besides, his penchant for putting together great movie soundtracks (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Baby Driver, Last Night in Soho) could definitely work for a new Awesome Mix.
I’m just putting it out there.
Catch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 when it hits theaters on May 5.