Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is back on track at Marvel, and will more than likely be part of the MCU's upcoming Phase 4. The end of Avengers: Endgame teased that Thor will be a big part of this next adventure moving forward, as he sets off with Star-Lord and crew to find Gamora. The God of Thunder even suggests that they be called the Asgardians of the Galaxy, which is actually the real title of a Marvel comic series. Now, many fans are wondering if the third chapter in this sprawling sci-fi adventure will actually buck trends and go with an all-new title.
That is director James Gunn's official statement on the matter for the time being. Many fans have reached out to the filmmaker, pleading that Marvel keep the original title of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in place. While some are fans of the Asgardians of the Galaxy title, and almost everyone wants to see Thor return in this next installment, there is a huge swath of fans who don't want this to happen. And James Gunn appears to be abiding by those wishes.
Chris Hemsworth is certainly down for reprising his role as Thor in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but Disney and Marvel have not confirmed that the sequel will go that route. The original Asgardians of the Galaxy showed up in Marvel comics back when the Guardians series ended in 2018. The Asgardians would appear later that year in a story written by Cullen Bunn and art by Matteo Lolli. Their series continues to this day, and features appearances from some of Thor's best Asgardian characters including his sister Angela, Valkyrie, Kevin Masterson, an anthropomorphic frog called Throg, Executioner and the Destroyer.
Marvel and MCU fans might like to see some of these character appear on the big screen at some point in the future. But there is a loud outcry that it not be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Certain fans want to see this trilogy wrap up properly, and not at the hands of other new characters. And from Gunn's words, as slight as they may be, it doesn't look like this will be the case. While the third chapter in this particular MCU series doesn't have an official title just yet, it will likely be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 when all is said and done.
When we'll actually see the movie is a whole other question. Guardians Vol. 3 should already be in production. In fact, if things had gone as planned, Gunn would probably be getting ready to wrap production at this point. But he was infamously fired for a series of old Tweets that a couple of conservative bloggers dredged up, and he was fired, only to be rehired months later. Though, in his time away from Disney and Marvel, Gunn officially signed onto write and direct The Suicide Squad for DC and Warner Bros. That movie is coming first, with production scheduled for this fall, leading all the way into January. The quasi-reboot/sequel will then be released in August 2021. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 won't go into production until at least late 2020, so we probably won't see it until sometime in late 2022 at the earliest, with the movie most likely arriving in theaters summer 2023, which seems like a long ways off.
There is no telling what will happen between then and now. And Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 may very well set up a proper Asgardians of the Galaxy movie that can be its own thing. There's also no telling where the Guardians themselves may show up next. There are a number of Marvel movies coming down the pipeline, which will be announced between Comic-Con in July and D23 in August. Perhaps then we'll get a better overview of what we can expect in terms of Star-Lord and the gang returning to the big screen. This news comes from James Gunn's personal Instagram stories.