Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Director Debunks Filming Rumors

Despite Twitter rumors that would seem to suggest otherwise, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is not starting production in January 2022. Word began circulating this week Marvel Studios could be circling the date to start production on the much-anticipated threequel. Guardians helmer James Gunn has since officially debunked the claims in a fan Q&A on Instagram. After a fan asked if the January 2022 filming star rumors were true, the director responded with a simple "No."

Previous production reports suggested the movie would begin filming February 2021, a date that'd fit in much better with Gunn's current timeline with his work on The Suicide Squad. The filmmaker previously revealed he wouldn't begin work on Vol. 3 until The Suicide Squad is fully edited and in the can; that movie is currently scheduled for release on August 6, 2021.

Last December, Gunn told a different fan on Instagram he wouldn't begin filming Guardians 3 for "another year or so," another factoid seemingly pointing to an earlier production start date.

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(Photo: Instagram / James Gunn)

Fans still don't know so much as a plot or new characters that will end up appearing in the threequel, even though Guardians star Karen Gillan has said it's the best o the trilogy.

"I don’t know exactly," the Jumanji star said in December. "I think it’ll be in the next couple of years, but I’ve read Vol. 3 and I think it’s the best of the trilogy. I know that we’re all really excited to have James Gunn back as our fearless leader. So we’re all just really looking forward to getting back together."

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The first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies are streaming on Disney+. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has yet to set a release date. Other upcoming Marvel Studios movies include Black Widow on May 1st, The Eternals on November 6,th, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, Spider-Man 3 on July 16, 2021, Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021, and Black Panther 2 on May 6, 2022.

What characters are you hoping pop up in the third Guardians flick? Think it over then head to the comments section to share your thoughts!