Guardians of the Galaxy: Director James Gunn reveals plans for third film of Marvel franchise
This year, Chris Pratt-starrer Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 opened at the theatres worldwide and ranks fourth in the top-grosser films of this year after Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Beauty and the Beast and Wonder Woman in the order of their position.
Boxofficemojo.com reports the overall revenue earned by the sequel film is estimated at around $388 million, while the first film earned $333 million globally. Thus, no wonder, Marvel Studio is looking forward to get another film started as they are gearing up for their upcoming releases — Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War to name a few (as of now).
Meanwhile there is an Avengers 4 (untitled movie) in the pipeline, which is touted to be the end of Marvel Cinematic Universe's (MCU) phase three, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy series, James Gunn said, "Those scripts are already in the works. Kevin [Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios' head] and I talk about it all the time; we just had a meeting today. Discussing what is the next iteration of cosmic characters and where are the characters that we've already created going to go in the next batch of films."
While there were speculations regarding Sylvester Stallone-led Ravagers taking forward the franchise, as with the Guardians 3 movie, it will sort-off mark a culmination to MCU's events pertaining to the current batch of characters. Speaking more about this, Gunn adds, "I'm definitely interested in the direction that these characters are headed and their roles in the Marvel Universe. That is not something that we're dealing with. These are older characters and more criminal than our Guardians. So we're focusing on that."
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 also revived some retro-craze among fans with Star Lord's track playing during the end credits. Dunn recently shared a video song, 'Guardian's Inferno' which has been shot and choreographed with a typical retro touch. The video features David Hasselhoff along with the franchise stars, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker and Zoe Saldana making appearances in quirky alien-cum-retro outfits.
Even the iconic Stan Lee makes a guest appearance in the video song. The song ends with Hasselhoff saying, "Just remember, in these times of hardship: We. Are. Groot."
Here's the video: