HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 23: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the Los Angeles Global Premiere for Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War on April 23, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

It’s a simple solution to a complex problem, but alas, it isn’t meant to be. Now that Bradley Cooper is a successful director, some fans hoped Marvel Studios would “keep it in the family” and have him replace James Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Cooper, however, doesn’t want the job.

To be clear, Marvel Studios has not, as far as we know, offered or even discussed the GotG Vol. 3 director gig with Cooper, who voices Rocket in the franchise. JOE went ahead and asked Cooper about filling the vacancy during the press tour for his directorial debut, A Star Is Born.

“I could never direct anything that I didn’t write,” Cooper said before doubling down on the point. “No, I could never direct anything that I didn’t write.”

I see the same loophole you do. What if Marvel Studios has Cooper write GotG Vol. 3? That seems unlikely given that Marvel and Disney currently intend to use James Gunn’s script, which the writer-director turned in before he was fired in July.

GotG Vol. 3 aside, A Star Is Born really is great and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige may want to see if there is another project Cooper would be interested in writing and directing in the MCU.