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We all knew there was going to be a third Guardians of the Galaxy movie. The second one won’t be out until May, but come on. You’re going to see it, I’m going to see it, everyone you know is going to see it, and we’re all going to buy the soundtrack. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is going to happen. Fortunately for us, director James Gunn is sticking around for it. The director shared the announcement on his Facebook page, going into detail as to why it took him so long to decide.
“Before I was able to honestly answer this, I needed to know it was, in my heart, what I truly felt called to do. There is a history in Hollywood of haphazard endings to trilogies, and I didn’t want to become a part of that dishonorable tradition of pretending the third one doesn’t exist,” Gunn wrote. “I couldn’t do it for the money, and I couldn’t do it because it was what other people wanted me to do. I needed to do it because it was what I needed to do.”
The anxiety of making a lackluster third sequel is understandable, considering superhero movies’ history. Sam Raimi’s first two Spider-Man movies were the best in the genre since Tim Burton’s Batman. The third was an awkward mess stuffed with too many villains. The Superman and Batman series both got much worse in their third outings as well. The problem hasn’t plagued Marvel Studios movies so much though. Iron Man 3 and Captain America: Civil War were both at least as good as their predecessors. Still, nobody wants to be responsible for the first bad Marvel movie.
Gunn said his decision to return for a third movie is because his love for the characters goes deeper than any of us would ever guess. “I feel they have more adventures to go on and things to learn about themselves and the wonderful and sometimes terrifying universe we all inhabit,” he wrote. Gunn also mentioned that the people at Marvel Studios have been some of the best partners of his professional career. Yes, everyone promoting a new movie says something to that effect, but when you consider that Gunn wasn’t obligated to direct a third movie, it has some authenticity to it.
Gunn also made it sound like Vol. 3 will come out shortly after the Avengers movie after Infinity War. He said it will be the final movie for this incarnation of the Guardians of the Galaxy. It will also help set up whatever the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be after the Avengers quadrilogy wraps up.
Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube)
As for this year’s MCU movies, Spider-Man: Homecoming co-producer Eric Carroll gave an interview with ScreenRant, giving up some details about the upcoming movie. He starts off with some evasive answers. Peter’s friend Ned, though partially based on Peter’s rival in the early comics, Ned Leeds, doesn’t have a last name. Carroll says Ned is based on a few characters from the comics, without mentioning the most obvious inspiration being Ganke Lee, the best friend of Miles Morales in Ultimate Spider-Man and the current Spider-Man series.
Carroll also won’t comment on the rumor that Mary Jane will make an appearance, though he does promise that the character Zendaya plays is named Michelle, and is not Mary Jane. Things get interesting when the question of when exactly this movie takes place comes up. Even though it’s been a couple of years since Civil War, the movie picks up only a few months later. It’s not taking place at the same time as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 or Thor: Ragnarok. Carroll says they wanted to tell the story of a high-school-age superhero, so they made the choice that would allow them to keep Peter Parker in high school for as long as possible. He’s still in his first year of being a superhero in Homecoming. Carroll reminded everyone that in Civil War, there’s a line suggesting he’d only been at it for four-to-six months at that point.
One refreshing detail that came out of the interview was that it wouldn’t show Spider-Man’s origin. Carroll realizes that we’ve all seen that movie twice before. At this point, there’s no need to rehash it. It will get referenced to bring anyone up to speed for whom this is their first Spider-Man movie, but that’s about it. He also mentioned that this will show the first time Peter faces a supervillain. Sure, he brawled with the Avengers in Civil War, but none of them had real malicious intent. Until now, the worst he’s dealt with has been street criminals.
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Finally, in the related-but-legally-separate X-Men universe, a recent casting may have opened the door for a connection between the two. Josh Brolin was recently cast as Cable in the upcoming sequel to Deadpool. Brolin also plays Thanos in the MCU movies, but as the two universes are controlled by different studios, that shouldn’t be a problem. It’s highly unlikely they’ll ever cross over.
But, he’s in a Deadpool movie, and if anyone can force a connection, its the merc with a mouth. Screenrant theorized a few ways in which Deadpool could at least let it be known he’s aware of the double-casting. Whether it comes as a one-liner or a running gag throughout the movie, it would be an indication that both franchises exist, on some superficial level, in the same universe. Screenrant points out that the script is likely done, but there was plenty of room for improvisation and on-the-fly rewrites during filming of the first movie. Besides, with Deadpool’s history of fourth wall-breaking and poking fun at other comic book movies, it’d be weird if there wasn’t even the slightest reference to Brolin’s other role in Deadpool 2.