Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn will be directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and, to no surprise, it seems it will be his last movie with the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. The original plan was to make a trilogy with these characters as they inevitably overlapped with a pair of Avengers movies and he is now fulfilling that layout.
Gunn was asked on an Instagram post exactly how many Guardians of the Galaxy movies he is ready to direct on a post featuring himself beside other Marvel Studios directors. "1 more," Gunn responded. Of course, there is no way to know for sure if Gunn will change his mind down the road and work with Marvel Studios again or make a fourth movie with the cosmic band of misfit heroes. For now, he is only ready to head up one more movie as was always planned.
Moving forward, Gunn will work with Warner Brothers on their DC Comics movie The Suicide Squad. The movie will start filming next month in Atlanta and is slated for release on August 6, 2021. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 does not yet have a release date but can't begin production until Gunn has wrapped his efforts on The Suicide Squad.
Details for Guardians Vol. 3 have yet to emerge but fans are expecting the likes of Star-Lord, Groot, Drax, Mantis, and Rocket to be dealing with the fallout of Avengers: Endgame and tracking down a Gamora most of them are unfamiliar with. It is unclear whether or not Thor will factor into the movie as he was last seen aboard their ship.
Other upcoming Marvel Studios projects include Black Widow on May 1, 2020, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in fall 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, WandaVision in spring 2021, Loki in spring 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, What If? in summer 2021, Hawkeye in fall 2021, and Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021.