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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is an upcoming sequel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It was confirmed in April 2017, by James Gunn who will return to write and direct the third film. It will be released on May 5, 2023 and will be the thirty-third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the fourth film of Phase Five.
- Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star Lord
- Zoe Saldana as Gamora
- Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer
- Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon
- Vin Diesel as Groot
- Karen Gillan as Nebula
- Pom Klementieff as Mantis
- Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha
- Sean Gunn as Kraglin Obfonteri
In November 2014, Gunn stated that, in addition to having the "basic story" for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 while working on the first film, he also had ideas for a potential third film. Despite this, Gunn stated in June 2015 that he was unsure if he would be involved with a third Guardians film, saying that it would depend on how he felt after making Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In April 2016, Feige said on future MCU films, "it is still a big chess board for 2020 and beyond, but certainly I would say Guardians 3 is [one film that's] up there. I don't know what exactly the order will be." In March 2017, Gunn stated there would be a third film "for sure. We're trying to figure it out," also adding, "There are no specific plans for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. But we know unless something goes horribly — which is always possibly, you never know — I think that Marvel would want to make another movie." He also reiterated he was still unsure if he would be involved with the film and that he was going to figure out his involvement and his next project "over the next couple of weeks." The following month, Gunn announced he would return to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
On July 20, 2018, Disney and Marvel severed ties with Gunn after conservative commentators began circulating old controversial tweets surrounding topics such as rape and pedophilia, and called for his firing. However as of March, 15, 2019 he has been rehired by Disney to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 once again and would resume working on the film after he completes 2021's The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films.
- According to Dave Bautista this is likely going to be the end of Drax, implying he might die.
- This is the final Guardians movie, according to James Gunn.
- The film comes out in 2023, making this the longest time a sequel or second sequel (in this case) has come out since the previous movie.
- 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3': James Gunn Returning to Write and Direct
- "Guardians of the Galaxy 3 director, cast, plot and more". Den of Geek (May 29, 2019).
- JAMES GUNN CONFIRMS AYESHA'S RETURN IN 'GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY'
- Interview: James Gunn Talks ‘Guardians 2,’ Small Vs Big Budgets And Being “Betrayed” By ‘Lost’
- ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Has Fewer Characters, One New
- Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2 Will Be Very Different Movies
- ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Teases The Guardians’ “Integral Part” In ‘Infinity War’
- James Gunn Explains What He Really Meant About 'Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3'
- "James Gunn Fired From ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Franchise Over Offensive Tweets". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on February 17, 2019.
- Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Will 'Probably' Be the End of Dave Bautista's Drax Role
- Gunn Plans For Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 To Be His Last Movie In Franchise