It appears that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be the final Marvel film focusing on this particular team of Guardians we’ve come to love.
In an interview with Toronto Sun, writer-director James has revealed that Vol. 3 will wrap up the Guardians trilogy.
“I think the first three movies tell a single story and that story is pretty simple,” Gunn said. “I think that there could be a Guardians Vol. 4, but it would not be the same. It would not be the same group… basically the story of this group ends with Vol. 3.”
While details on future Marvel films are obviously hard to come by, Gunn is happy to highlight one name he wants in the unfolding Cosmic Universe: Sylvester Stallone.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 finds Stallone playing Stakar, one of the original Guardians of the Galaxy in the comics, where he is also known as Starhawk. And Gunn has plans for the 70-year-old action icon.
“I’m not sure about him appearing in Vol. 3, we’ll have to see about that, but it’s our plan to see more of Stallone,” Gunn said. “Kevin (Feige) and I are working on what is going to become of the Marvel Cosmic Universe and where it’s going to go. We plan to see the rest of them in the future.”
Now, if you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, be aware that spoilers lie ahead.
The “them” Gunn mentions refers to the original Guardians – Stallone’s Stakar, Michelle Yeoh’s Aleta, Ving Rhames’ Charlie-27, Michael Rosenbaum’s Martinex, Krugarr, and Mainframe (voiced by Miley Cyrus) – that are seen together near the end of Vol. 2. A sad turn has brought them together again, and it’s clear they have some adventures on the horizon. It’s all speculation for now, but it’s possible that the new team we’ll be following past Vol. 3 will in fact be these original Guardians.
Either way, Gunn, who’s part of the creative team helping draw up just where the MCU will go in the next decade, wants Stallone involved.
“It’s my plan to have Sly — and I talked to him last night — to find a place for him in the future of the Marvel Universe.”