The shockwaves from James Gunn’s firing from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 continue to be felt across the industry. Gunn’s picked himself up after the termination, landing the gig directing Suicide Squad 2, but the franchise he left behind? Well, it’s limping to the finish line, still in search of a director and pushing off its production status until everything is sorted. But at least now fans have an apparent timeline for what to expect from that ragtag group of space weirdos.
Production Weekly reports Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’s production start has been set for February 2021, as per a new production listing.
Gunn remains listed as screenwriter, fulfilling Marvel’s statement (and Sean Gunn’s confirmation) that the company would keep his script, but the director is still TBD. The other piece of news — more on the fun side than the long delay — is the film’s working title: “Hot Christmas.” What is this, a Shane Black movie? He already did Iron Man 3!
Fans already knew that the third Guardians was being delayed — crew members were sent home from set back in August — but now it’s clear the film could be pushed far beyond its 2019 start date. Because, hey, there are a whole lot of movies to put out, and release dates are a hot commodity these days.
Two years gestating isn’t just nerve-wracking news for the film, though, but rattling news for the MCU’s larger storyline. That’s the danger when your films are so interconnected — one weak link and everything might need to be reimagined and tweaked to make it all work out.
Will GotG 3 hit theaters in 2022? A full four years from now? The MCU could turn inside out, kill everyone, and then bring them back again before that point. And what do you think this means for the rest of the cinematic universe?