Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Set After Avengers 3 & 4, Says James Gunn

Posted 2017/05/02 2910 0

With the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 next week, James Gunn has already confirmed that he will return for Guardians of the Galaxy 3. After making that announcement, plenty of questions were thrown at the director about what we can expect from the next installment of the cosmic comic book franchise.


The original Guardians of the Galaxy was set in the year 2014, and Kevin Feige confirmed that Guardians 2 only takes place a few months later, meaning this upcoming movie is still set in 2014. Furthermore, Kevin Feige has also teased that Avengers: Infinity War will be set four years after Guardians 2, meaning it will be set in the year 2018, when it will be released, and Infinity War will likely feature the Hulk vs. Groot showdown Vin Diesel has teased in the past, with a fully-grown Groot. Earlier today, James Gunn was asked on Twitter if there is a chance that Guardians 3 will be set before Avengers 3 and Avengers 4, since there is a four-year gap in the timeline. Here's what the Guardians 3 director had to say below in a brief statement.

"No. Vol. 3 will take place AFTER Avengers 3 & 4."

The big news to take away from this is a pretty impressive time jump between Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. and Vol. 3. With Infinity War taking place during the modern day, and Avengers 4 expected to follow suit, fans may need to brace themselves for a more grizzled Star-Lord and co. when Marvel books a return trip on the Milano. It’s already known that the Guardians will be “supporting” characters in the Russo Brothers’ packed Infinity War, while Gunn already said that they will be a more seasoned team when we next see them.

"Much of what’s happened in the MCU for the past ten or so years has been leading, in a big way, to the Avengers’ Infinity War," Gunn also posted on Facebook. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will happen after all that. It will conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond. I will be working side-by-side with Kevin Feige and the gang to help design where these stories go, and make sure the future of the Marvel Cosmic Universe is as special and authentic and magical as what we have created so far."

The Avengers: Infinity War is set for a May 4, 2018 release, and the untitled Avengers 4 comes out a year later on May 3, 2019, so more than likely Guardians of the Galaxy 3 will be released some time in 2020. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is racing into theaters worldwide this weekend, with impressive numbers already been posted at the international box offices.