The writing’s been on the wall for some time now, but it’s finally been confirmed by the man himself that James Gunn will be returning as writer and director for the third instalment in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie series.

James Gunn

James Gunn

Taking to his Facebook page earlier today, he wrote that his love for the heroes in Guardians “goes deeper than you guys can possibly imagine”, and promised “we will work on creating the story that goes beyond what you expect.”

He continued: “There is a history in Hollywood of haphazard endings to trilogies, and I didn’t want to become a part of that dishonourable tradition of pretending the third one doesn’t exist. 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. I have never made choices in my career based on anything other than passion and love for the stories and characters, and I didn’t want to start now.”

Gunn also revealed that Vol. 3 would make its debut next year after Avengers: Infinity War hit cinemas, and stated: “It will conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next 10 years and beyond.”

He concluded: “I wake up every day pinching myself that they’d allow this punk-rock kid from Missouri to help create this wonderful universe, and to not only allow but encourage creative freedom while doing so. I can’t fricking wait to get started.”

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