Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 continues to face challenges as news arrives that the sci-fi threequel is now on hold.
The small team of crewmembers assembled for the film’s preproduction are being dismissed and are free to look for other work.
The original plan was to have James Gunn direct and start filming in January or February. However, Gunn was fired in July due to controversial old tweets being uncovered.
A source said that the hold was a “regrouping” while Marvel and Disney looked for a new director to helm the movie.
Another source confirmed that “the timeline has been pushed out”. So, in other words, don’t be expecting Guardians 3 for a long, long time.
Rumour has it that Taiki Waititi recently met with Marvel, but the reason is unclear. For those who don’t know, Waititi directed 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. Given that the film was a superhero comedy similar to GOTG, could Disney be thinking about handing him the project? Right now, it’s merely speculation.
Of course, until recently, many fans hoped Disney would rehire Gunn. While many felt Gunn’s tweets were evidence of real-life pedophilia, others felt they were old bad jokes that didn’t beg a firing.
Alas, Disney has stuck to their guns. Recently, Gunn met with studio chairman Alan Horn but it offered no hope for fans wanting him to return.
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The fans aren’t the only ones wishing to see Gunn back. The core cast of the Guardians films put together a combined statement in July where they backed his character, expressing a wish to work with him again and dubbing the incident a character assassination due to political divide.
Regardless, while GOTG3 bears no director or release date, Marvel fans have much to look forward to. Sony films Venom and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse drop October and December respectively.
Furthermore, MCU movies Captain Marvel, Avengers 4 and Spider-Man: Far From Home are due out next year.
Who do you think should direct GOTG3? Are you disappointed you’ll have to wait longer for it? Let us know in the comments!