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James Gunn gives update on Guardians 3, dismisses idea Fox characters will be featured

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Jun 4, 2018

Hey, Guardians fans. We’ve got some good news and bad news for you. The good news? Writer-director James Gunn is well underway with writing the script to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The bad news? No, there will be no Fox characters in it. 

On his Facebook page, Gunn announced: “Writing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 right now.” In fact, he admits he’s “more than a year into the process, so the script is far along.” 

Gunn describes his process: “For many many months I first write the treatment which is 80 pages or so with photographs. That turns into GotG - I'm now rewriting and making sure my rough draft works.”

Gunn also admits that the higher-ups at Marvel Studios give him a surprising amount of creative freedom. “I go through zero red tape,” he explains on the social media site. “I get constructive criticism from Marvel about how to make the script/movie better which is almost always extremely helpful. But I'm never told I HAVE to do that. And the overall Marvel plan almost never comes up.” 

In terms of characters he can add to the story, Gunn notes: “I can add anyone Marvel owns. But I've already chosen the characters...”

Which of course means that he currently has no plans to add any Fox characters to his current script when/if the deal between Disney and Fox closes, as he told one (presumably disappointed) fan. “Not gonna happen in any major way,” Gunn explains. “Too far along.”

But does this mean we can expect to see Howard the Duck play a substantial role in Vol. 3? He did, after all, make a post-credits cameo in the first Guardians and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo in Vol. 2. And Howard could  serve as the MCU’s answer to Deadpool (because he's aware he's a character in a movie, not because of his badass sword moves). We’re just saying…

Check out the Q&A and let us know what you think in the comments below. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is set to hit theaters May 1, 2020.