When will Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 be released, and will James Gunn direct it?


The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise is one of Marvel’s biggest hitters, and fans are already excited to see what’s coming in the story’s third instalment.

However, some shocking behind-the-scenes changes at one point put the movie’s future in doubt – so here’s what you need to know about the conclusion to the spacefaring saga.

When is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 released in cinemas?

*UPDATE* A recent report in The Hollywood Reporter about the actors’ pay for Avengers: Endgame suggested that Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is planned for a 2020 shoot, meaning it might not be too long before things get kicking on.

This follows the firing (then re-hiring, see below) of the film’s director which delayed the film, though star Chris Pratt has been assuring fans it’s still definitely in the pipeline.


“I promise there’ll be a third movie,” he told Variety at the Lego Movie 2 premiere. “I don’t know exactly what that’s going to look like, but I know everyone on board is just eager to give the fans what they want and wrap up a trilogy in a meaningful way.”

At the moment, fans are anticipating the film arriving in either 2021 or 2022.

What’s the film about?

The sequel to the first two Guardians of the Galaxy films, Vol. 3 will tell the continuing story of the intergalactic “A-Holes” who saved the galaxy from Ronan the Accuser and Ego in previous movies.

It’s expected that the film will deal with the fallout from Avengers: Endgame, which saw the Guardians help defeat Thanos before heading back into space, while also ushering in a more cosmic age for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Director James Gunn previously suggested that the film could involve the popular comic-book character Adam Warlock (who was teased in the previous movie) and the return of Elisabeth Debicki’s Vol. 2 character Ayesha, as well as providing an “epic conclusion” to the story that would draw this version of the team to a close.

It’s also expected that the film will deal with the fallout of lead character Gamora’s (Zoe Saldana) death, and the presence of a time-displaced younger version of the assassin who the team might now be searching for (look, if you watched Endgame it makes sense).

And maybe Chris Hemsworth’s Thor will be involved (see below)! The possibilities are endless.