It's becoming a common practice for big-budget franchises to shoot sequel films back to back. Avengers is doing it, Justice League was supposed to, and the fabled Avatar films from James Cameron will be filming a whopping four movies at once.
So it's only natural for people to wonder about plans for the NEXT film just as one is gearing up for theaters. Especially when that movie is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, currently the 3rd Most Anticipated Film by ComicBook.com users.
But, please, just don't talk to James Gunn about Guardians 3 just yet.
While speaking with Fandango, the director was inevitably asked about plans for a third film in the series.
"People are obsessed about the third one and they haven't even seen the second one yet!" Gunn said. "What if they all hate the second one? Then they're not going to be so obsessed anymore."
Gunn elaborated on how that mentality doesn't even relate to the theme of his film.
"It's all about what's in the future; it's never about what we have right now. I think if anything, this Guardians is about what they are in this moment – and I think that's what it's been like for me working on the movie. It really isn't about thinking down the road and how can we make something great someday – it's how can we make something great right now in this moment that will affect people's lives for the better. That's what Vol. 2 is."
Then when asked point blank if he's planning to direct a third film, he nipped any sort of speculation right in the bud.
"Listen, we're figuring it all out," Gunn said. "We'll know soon. Let me take a couple of breaths before I say what I'm going to do next."
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is in theaters May 5.
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Set to the backdrop of 'Awesome Mixtape #2,' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (Slither). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (Spectre) as Drax; Vin Diesel (Furious 7) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (Jumper) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (The Big Short) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (The Knick, The Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, The Thing).