[Rumor] 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3' Eyeing 2021 Production Start

We're still terribly excited by the news that James Gunn will in fact return to Disney's Marvel Studios to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. Perhaps you'll recall the messy business of the House of Mouse firing the filmmaker following old tweets resurfacing (due in large part to a very vocal person on Twitter taking umbrage with Gunn's many MANY criticism of the sitting American President), which were not so great in retrospect. Gunn apologized profusely for the tweets, citing that the'd grown as a joke crafter and person, and sort of disappeared from the public eye following his termination from the MCU.

[Rumor] 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3' Eyeing 2021 Production Start

Rumors abounded that Disney was NOT going to use Gunn's existing script for the 3rd Guardians, but the cast banned together and released a signed letter in support of their director and friend.

This this year alone, we've had star Chris Pratt assuring fans the film was still going to happen despite all evidence that Marvel Studios was shelving the film to work on The Eternals, Shang-Chi, and the Black Widow solo film.

Kevin Feige said as recently as last month that Gunn's script WAS going to be used, but no further information was released at the time.

Cut to last week's surprise announcement that Marvel Studios was reinstating Gunn to GotG Vol 3, and what the news would mean for Gunn's upcoming The Suicide Squad film over at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Production Weekly says that GotG Vol 3 (still using the "Hot Christmas" working title, btw) is looking at a possible production start of February 2021. It's likely that year choice has to do with the existing Marvel Studios slate, and Gunn's contractual obligations for The Suicide Squad.

We'll wait for you, James. We'll wait.

[Rumor] 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3' Eyeing 2021 Production Start
Filmmaker James Gunn and BC News Editor Mary Anne Butler during the 2014 Saturn Awards


About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

 Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional