James Gunn may currently be doing his press tour for DC’s upcoming The Suicide Squad film, but soon after he’ll begin work on another huge property, the third installment in the highly popular Guardians of the Galaxy series.
Speaking to Collider’s Steve Weintraub about the upcoming film, Gunn noted that the script for the film has been nearly finished for a few years now, and that all that’s left to be done on it is some slight editing.
“It’s basically been finished for years,” Gunn said. “I keep fiddling with different things and adding things, and figuring out permutations and stuff — I’m in the middle of doing another draft now — but it’s really small stuff in comparison to what it has been. It’s basically been finished since three years ago.”
While the Marvel Cinematic Universe will have undergone some major changes between Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Gunn said that he’s never really felt pressure from Marvel to include things he might not have wanted to. That is, except for one very specific thing.
“The only time they ever [asked me to include something for future MCU movies] was on the first movie with Thanos, putting Thanos in there, which they wanted me to do. But besides that they’ve never done that. I have to pay attention to things that happen, which they did talk to me about – the stuff with Gamora and things like that. I know that the characters have been through certain things, so I have to deal with that stuff. But for the most part, they never once asked me to put anything in the script for Volume 3 to set up anything in the future. Nor would I do it, frankly, it’s not really my thing.”
Plot details about the third installment are still under wraps but it potentially involve the team’s search for the missing Gamora, who abruptly left after Thanos was finally defeated. Gunn also previously confirmed that Bradley Cooper’s Rocket will play a big part in the upcoming threequel.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is currently set for a 2023 theatrical release.