HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 19: Writer/director James Gunn at The World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA April 19th, 2017 (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

While making Guardians of the Galaxy, writer-director James Gunn had a different villain in mind before ultimately deciding on Ronan (Lee Pace). Gunn’s top choice was Annihilus until he learned that the character was included in Fox’s license for the Fantastic Four franchise. Now that Disney is purchasing Fox, that antagonist will be available, but Gunn isn’t changing any of his plans for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

During a Q&A session on Twitter, Gunn was blunt when asked if the impending merger would have an impact on his next film.

Gunn also has no desire to include characters like the Fantastic Four’s Thing, X-Men’s Kitty Pryde, or Agent Venom just because they might be available now (the first two will come over in the Fox deal. The third would require the cooperation of Sony).

It would be really hard for Gunn to include any characters coming over from the Fox purchase anyway, as the deal may not close before GotG Vol. 3 starts production presumably early next year. He’d probably have to write two scripts with one being used if the deal closes in time and another one to be used if the deal isn’t finalized.

That plan doesn’t make a lot of sense for Gunn, or anyone. Gunn has a vision for the entire Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy and he shouldn’t change it right before the final chapter. Once he wraps up GotG Vol. 3, Gunn will be helping Marvel Studios with the cosmic portion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so he’ll still have opportunities to work with Annihilus and other characters as they come over from Fox.