Disney has formally rehired James Gunn as the author and director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, however the film seemingly will not be able to hit theaters till 2023. Gunn first joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe again in 2012 when he signed on to deliver the primary Guardians of the Galaxy movie to life. Thanks to his imaginative and prescient, type, and music selections, the movie grew to become a large hit, with the Guardians shortly turning into outstanding figures within the MCU and Gunn taking some ownership of the larger cosmic side of the shared universe.

Despite the success of the primary two movies and Gunn gearing as much as begin pre-production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Disney determined to fire him last year after some resurfaced tweets grew to become the middle of controversy. His firing successfully shelved the third installment within the wildly profitable franchise with the cast backing their director and different members of the MCU household like Taika Waititi (and even some non-MCU directors) providing their help of him being rehired.

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That gave the impression to be unlikely after he signed on to write and direct The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros., and but, right here we’re. Gunn is now slated to do each of the comedian guide movies as his subsequent two tasks, however The Suicide Squad will nonetheless come first. WB and DC have already given his soft-reboot of the movie an August 2021 release date and Gunn is planning to begin manufacturing on it this fall. He will not start work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 till after his DC movie is accomplished although, which has many questioning when the highly-anticipated MCU movie will hit theaters. Unfortunately, it seemingly will not be till 2023.

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If The Suicide Squad sticks to its present launch date, Gunn won’t be able to show his full focus in direction of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 till the autumn of 2021. Even if the discharge strikes up a number of months, there may be nonetheless the lengthy press tour he’ll must go on for the Suicide Squad sequel. Gunn ought to have the ability to good his Guardians 3 script within the meantime, however cameras seemingly will not have the ability to begin rolling till late 2021 on the earliest.

Marvel’s regular manufacturing schedule offers administrators roughly a 12 months to finish their imaginative and prescient from the time manufacturing begins till the film hits theaters. This might make Guardians 3 able to hit theaters by late 2022, however that can be unlikely. Marvel Studios doesn’t at present have any later 2022 launch dates set, with all three of their thriller movies slated for the primary half of the 12 months. Even in the event that they did have a November slot obtainable, Marvel will seemingly need to put the ultimate installment of this trilogy again in May, identical to with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Additionally, this anticipated timeline for Guardians 3 places it behind a number of different anticipated Phase Four movies. We already know that Black Widow and The Eternals are on monitor for 2020 releases, whereas 2021 is shaping as much as be Black Panther 2Doctor Strange 2, and Shang-Chi. 2022 is much less clear proper now, however Captain Marvel 2 and Spider-Man 3 will seemingly find yourself there, whereas Marvel’s regular working schedule would point out one new property may also be launched – and will even be when the X-Men or Fantastic Four start to be launched. With the event of those different tasks and the seemingly needed May launch slot, May 2023 is the subsequent obtainable touchdown spot for the movie. This might be three years later than the unique launch plan for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 previous to Gunn being fired, however no less than now it should hit theaters together with his full uncompromised imaginative and prescient.

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Key Release Dates
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) launch date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) launch date: Jul 05, 2019