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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will set up the MCU’s next 10, 20 years

I remember, before Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters a few years back, talking about what a flop it was going to be. I’ve been happily choking down crow ever since, but even as an optimist I never would’ve guessed how important it could be for the MCU. In an interview on Facebook Live, director James Gunn revealed just how important it’ll be, hinting at some of what we can expect.

“[Marvel superhero] Nova comes up occasionally as someone we might use. One of the things I’m doing with creating Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, it will take place after the next two Avengers movies and help to setup the next 10, 20 years of Marvel movies. It’s going to really expand the cosmic universe. We’re going to be setting up new characters. It will be the last movie of this version of Guardians of the Galaxy,” Gunn said.

Literal decades

The next “10, 20 years,” you guys. He just said that like it’s a thing and we all know it already. That’s a huge amount of time and suggests a movie that somehow ups the ante over even the huge stakes of Guardians 2, which had the team fighting a literal planet.

It’s time to start guessing at what that could mean. In the comic book version of the story Avengers: Infinity War is pulling from, we see all kinds of cosmic beings brought in, like manifestations of Love and Hate, Order and Chaos, and Eternity itself. The sky’s the limit for the Guardians, and what they could kick off is literally limitless.

The movie will hit after the next two Avengers films, meaning we’ll see the Guardians again in 2020 at the very earliest. The movie is tentatively scheduled for 2021.

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