In a testament to the indefatigable fan love for James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy and its rowdy sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the world is already impatiently tapping its collective toes in anticipation of the third installment, again to be directed by Gunn.
Hearing the roar loud and clear, Gunn took to a recent Facebook session to answer pertinent questions about when we'll be seeing the interstellar A-holes in action again, and — with the director's chair now vacant on Star Wars IX after Colin Trevorrow's exit — whether he'd ever consider filling that void for Lucasfilm.
When cornered about the next Guardians of the Galaxy mission, Gunn delivered a firm 2020 release date as the target, specifically saying it would blast into theaters "in a little under three years." He also responded to a question on the film's projected title, which seems to officially be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, "unless something changes."
A 2020 landing is in line with a solid release date of May 1, 2020, already marked and guarded by Marvel.
Gunn was also asked about whether he'd ever been approached by Lucasfilm or would consider taking the directorial gig for Star Wars IX now that Trevorrow is out. He replied, "I would not and could not. Right now I'm doing Guardians 3, producing a new film with David Yarovesky, and developing Starsky & Hutch for Amazon.com. My plate is full for three years."
Well, three years seems like a long time, but at least we know Gunn's genius won't be stretched thin by captaining a demanding Star Wars sequel in between gigs. How will you pass the time?