It can be an exhaustive process behind the scenes at Marvel as the studio attempts to join all the dots together from their prospective blockbusters. Director James Gunn is gearing for the April 25, 2017 premiere of his installment Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. A sequel that is earning a lot of well earned buzz in the press.
But for the filmmaker, he is unsure about what his future holds with the series. Having invested so much personal time and energy into the projects. Doubling his duties as an executive producer for Avengers: Infinity War, Gunn explained to Complex that he has no idea who will take charge of the follow up.
"There will be a Guardians 3, that's for sure," Gunn confirmed. "We're trying to figure it out. I'm trying to figure out what I want to do really, that's all it is. I got to figure out where I want to be, what I want to spend the next three years of my life doing. You know, I'm going to make another big movie; is it the Guardians or something else? I'm just going to figure it out over the next couple of weeks."
Vol. 2 Is It's Own Piece of Art: Gunn
Striving to make the point that there was no pressure from the studio to continue a narrative in the franchise that can be used for sequels, spinoffs and crossovers, Gunn outlined that the second film has been his best to date.
"It's a very self-enclosed story, so I deal with the Marvel guys every day on where we're going forward, but basically the story GOTG Vol. 2 is about the Guardians and it has no connection to the rest of the Marvel universe and none were ever mandated," he argued. "So where it ends up is what anybody would have to deal with after that. I think people in general probably overestimate the amount of overall planning there is with the Marvel universe. At the end of the day, we're telling a longform story that has many different moving parts and within those stories there's a lot of freedom to do what you want. And I've been lucky in that the most creatively fulfilling freeing experience I've ever had making a film has been on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Without a doubt."
Thanos The Common Denominator In Guardians-Avengers Link
Pressed as to whether the Chris Pratt crew will be major players in the next Avengers adventure, Gunn identified the arc of the villain Thanos (voiced by Sicario star Josh Brolin) as the one responsible for the team up.
"You know listen, I don't think we should overstate things that it is an Avengers movie, but the Guardians are a part of the cosmic universe, they're a part of Thanos' stories, so, they are in there, and they have, not the biggest, but, an integral part to that."