Is ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3’ Still Happening?

Although the third volume of Marvel’s Guardian’s of the Galaxy was supposed to be well into production and getting ready to hit theaters in 2020, that isn’t going to happen. After director James Gunn was fired, Disney (which owns Marvel) placed a hold on the film, causing fans to worry if they would ever see the third installment of the much-beloved film franchise. With so much up in the air, is it possible that there will be no Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3? Or is the movie still going to happen at some time in the future? Here’s what we know.

Is ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3’ still happening?

Kevin Feige recently spoke out again against rumors that the third installment of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy wouldn’t be happening. Feige, who is the currently the head of Marvel, says that the film will definitely happen. At the Golden Globe awards, Feige stated: “Guardians will happen. When, where, how? For a later time.”

That said, there isn’t a definitive date yet for the film and it seems like Feige isn’t even certain as to when it will happen. But Guardians of the Galaxy fans can be happy to know there is no doubt it will happen at some point in the (hopefully) not too distant future. The general estimate is hopefully sometime in 2022.

James Gunn gets fired and rehired

Gunn was fired for offensive tweets he made nearly a decade prior. These tweets were resurfaced by right-wing media personality and known conspiracy theorist, Mike Cernovich. The posts in question made light of serious issues like rape and pedophilia.

One tweet read “The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of What it Feels Like When Uncle Bernie Fists Me.” Another said, “This may be the plant version of adopting a damaged 12 year old girl who steals your money and accuses you of molesting her.” 

Cernovich raised a conspiracy theory that these tweets, along with about a dozen others, proved that Gunn was part of an underground pedophile ring. This statement; however, is unsubstantiated. While the jokes were certainly offensive and not the kind of thing a family-friendly company like Disney wants to be affiliated with, they do not in any way prove such a ring exists.

Gunn issued a public apology statement. He said that, looking back, he realizes that the things he said were wrong but that when he began his career he viewed himself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.”

In March, eight months after his firing, Disney decided to rehire Gunn. Reportedly, the way Gunn carried himself after the scandal went a long way to helping repair his image and relationship with Disney.

Did the cast of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ support Gunn?

The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy rallied together to issue a public statement asking Disney to rehire Gunn. The letter, which was signed by the majority of major cast members, said that they “fully support James Gunn,” and that they were “shocked by his abrupt firing.”

The letter goes on to state that while they are “not [there] to defend his jokes of many years ago,” that they did want to speak to his current character and how they believe he has changed since those remarks. They state the importance of watching what people write, and ask that Gunn is forgiven for the Tweets he made nearly a decade prior.

The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy also stated in the open letter that “being in the… movies has been a great honor… we cannot let this moment pass without expressing our love, support, and gratitude for James.”