Guardians of the Galaxy 3 will be released in 2020.
Director James Gunn confirms the release date on Twitter when asked by a fan.
James Gunn directed and wrote the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies, which brought in over $1.5 billion.
Plot details are thin regarding Guardians of the Galaxy 3, but James Gunn's brother Sean, who plays Kraglin, previously revealed the third movie is impacted by the events of The Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4.
"I know that James is being a little bit more patient this time around," Sean Gunn revealed. "Partially because some of what happens with the guardians is dependent on what happens with them in Infinity War. And even though my brother’s a producer on Infinity War, those movies aren’t finished yet so until we kind of see where everything lands there that’s going to have some bearing on what happens with the Guardians. So it’s a little bit of a wait and see but I’m sure there are a lot of ideas already in the works."
Last Summer also saw James Gunn comment on the Guardians of the Galaxy 3 script while at the E3.
"I’m writing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and I finished the first draft of the treatment yesterday, which I’m excited about it, and I feel really great about it," Gunn said. "But there’s one little thing that I had in the first movie… Now, Marvel, MCU canon is crazy, and I’ll get super geeky for two seconds. There’s the 616 universe which is the Marvel Comics Universe, which people get hung up on that canon, and then there’s the MCU, The Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has a separate canon, which is inspired by but not exactly the same as the 616. I did something in the first movie of Guardians where it was in the background, but it was distinctly there, and people know that it’s there. And I’m like 'goddammit' because I have a really good storytelling reason for breaking the canon, and I stayed up last night figuring out if I’m gonna do it or not. I still don’t know.”
Gunn went on to explain the scene in question (see images below).
"I’ll actually tell you. In the first movie there is the mugshot sequence where the characters go through, and they’re going through the mugshots and having their picture taken and the Nova Corps has information about each of the characters coming up on their little machinery," James Gunn explained. "Now, those things are something that your average viewer doesn’t see at all and doesn’t read, but there’s a lot of background I put into those things about who they’ve worked with, where they’re from, what’s going on. And it’s one of those things that I’m thinking about changing.”
Further details James Gunn has revealed about Guardians of the Galaxy 3 include that it will feature the last time the current iteration of the team is used.
"Those scripts are already in the works. Kevin and I talk about it all the time; we just had a meeting today. Discussing what is the next iteration of cosmic characters and where are the characters that we've already created going to go in the next batch of films," Gunn told THR confirming Guardians of the Galaxy 3 will mark the end of the current line-up.