Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is off to a strong starting with Variety reporting that the Marvel sequel is looking at an impressive $150 million dollar opening weekend. That's impressive and the reviews thus far have been very positive. However, this is the era of modern filmmaking so before this movie was even out people were already asking director/writer James Gunn if he was going to return for a third. Gunn, in an attempt to not answer the same questions 5778345784 times during the press junket, announced that he will be returning for a third movie.
In an interview with USA Today Gunn revealed that not only has he started working on a third movie but that Zoe Saldana is looking like she'll have a bigger role.
James Gunn has already started writing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 to complete his trilogy, discussing the story with Pratt and having "some pretty intense conversations" with Saldana about a significant role in the threequel. The only travels Gunn has on his docket in the near future, though, are relaxing ones to "get my head on straight after three years of waking up and going to sleep and thinking about a talking raccoon."
Now while we can all be happy that Gunn has started working on a third movie we should probably give him a chance to relax a little after this second production. At the moment Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is the only post-Avengers 4 movie that we know about. There are slated release dates for "untitled Marvel projects" but that doesn't mean Guardians 3 is anywhere on the docket.
"I love these characters," Gunn says. "Including my father and my dog, my mother had eight kids, and I have all these Guardians. They're my kids."
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released on May 5, 2017.