Director James Gunn has officially confirmed the title for the third movie in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” series. In keeping with tradition, Gunn has said he will go with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” since the first two films were “Vol. 1” and “Vol. 2,” respectively. This doesn’t come as a surprise to most fans, although some fans had hoped for a different title based on main character Star-Lord and his love of music.
A recent report from ComicBook.com suggests that fans were speculating the third “Guardians” film would be titled “Guardians of the Galaxy.mp3” due to Peter Quill aka “Star-Lord” and his love of music. While Gunn said he knew of those suggestions from the fans, he said it didn’t affect or sway him in terms of deciding on what to call the third film.
As far as when that third “Guardians” film will be released, that is still up in the air. Expectations right now are that the film will follow sometime after 2019’s “Avengers: Infinity War” sequel and conclusion. That movie has a release date of May 3, 2019. Gunn was also part of that project as he was an executive producer on both films and wrote dialogue for the “Guardians” characters. He mentioned in a recent Facebook Live session that the third “Guardians” film would be about two years from now, or “around this time.”
The “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” film will be carrying on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in the wake of any tragic events in the “Avengers: Infinity War” conclusion. The first two “Guardians” films followed the adventures of human space traveler Peter Quill, also known as “Star-Lord,” as he works together with a band of misfit aliens including Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Gamora.
The first two installments in the series were also huge hits at the box office, despite some speculation they could flop based on the comic book characters not being as well know. However, the first movie made over $770 million and the second one made, even more, bringing in over $860 million. It’s no surprise that “Guardians” will be among the films carrying on the Marvel universe once the string of Avengers films have stopped.
If you have not read the ‘Infinity War’ comic book arc or if you have not seen Marvel’s recently released super-blockbuster by the same name, turn back now — you have been warned. Still here? Good. Marvel Studios recently released the most ambitious blockbuster movie of all time with ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and the critical and commercial reception could not be better. The super-superhero movie is currently shattering box office records in every corner of the globe while fans and critics alike rave at the quality. Directed by the Russo Brothers, the film is uniquely dark and ambitious in its approach, and resolution, to the first half of the story. Despite the cliffhanger ending, the Marvel Universe must go on and this means that guys like writer/director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) have their work cut out for them.
Again, we warn you that if you have not seen ‘Infinity War’, you need to turn back now. Okay. Spoilers time. The first half of the two-part ‘Infinity War’ saga ends with half of all existence completely wiped away as if they were never there. With a snap of his fingers, the Mad Titan Thanos destroys what Marvel carefully took ten years to build. In doing so, Thanos also completely wrecks the Guardians of the Galaxy, of whom only Rocket Raccoon manages to survive. Peter Quill, as it turns out, is the downfall of his own team as his own reckless anger, incited by the revelation that Thanos had killed Gamora, leads Quill to abandon a carefully constructed plan to remove the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos’ hands. Quill and everyone he loves ends up dying as a result.
Well, dying isn’t the right word — this is a comic book movie, after all, so we know that many characters will be back. Picking up the pieces will be James Gunn, who recently revealed that all hands are on deck for filming ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’. The film will have to be set after the culmination of ‘Infinity War’ but a unique set of problems have presented themselves. How can Gunn balance the quirky humor that his stories are known by without completely handwaving away the utter devastation of ‘Infinity War’ and the loss of Gamora? Is the funniest superhero team in the galaxy due for a serious personality change?