Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was supposed to start production early this year. We would probably know most of the new actors joining the franchise by now. Instead, writer-director James Gunn was fired last July and the film is on hold indefinitely.
The concern for several months has been that GotG Vol. 3 may never get made at all. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige alleviated those concerns before Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, but only somewhat.
“Guardians will happen — when, where, or how… [that’s] for a later time,” Feige told MTV. It’s nice to hear that Marvel Studios still plans to make the movie, but it’s going to be a significant amount of time before GotG Vol. 3 even has a decent chance of popping up on the production schedule.
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Marvel hasn’t announced anything yet, but the next film to go into production is going to be Black Widow. That film will be out on May 1, 2020, the date that was originally set for GotG Vol. 3. Marvel will also shoot The Eternals later this year for a November 6, 2020 release date.
Ryan Coogler is preparing a Black Panther sequel for a late 2019 or early 2020 production start, which would set the film up for release on February 12, 2021. Scott Derrickson is reportedly back for Doctor Strange 2, for which Marvel is circling May 7, 2021.
Marvel Studios also has a release date booked on November 5, 2021. There is no film reportedly attached to that date. The studio is fast-tracking Shang-Chi, however, so that movie could also go into production before GotG Vol. 3.
Until Marvel Studios makes official announcements (and it has three more dates in 2022), things can slide along the schedule to make room for GotG Vol. 3. Marvel can still make adjustments even after announcements are made, as it has done a couple of times in Phase Three. GotG Vol. 3 can start moving quickly once a new director is found.
James Gunn, meanwhile, is moving on. Gunn is writing DC Films’ Suicide Squad sequel (or reboot) and Feige is happy for him. “I went to see Aquaman last night and I really, really enjoyed it. I’ve always supported [DC movies]. I don’t see a rivalry. I see cool films being made and one you thing you know about James Gunn, he makes cool films.”
Hopefully, Marvel Studios won’t have to wait too long find someone else who can make cool Guardians films.