James Gunn will write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, he announced.
Currently about to embark on the press tour for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Gunn took to Facebook to answer a few questions that are likely to come up a lot. He also wanted to make the announcement directly to the fans.
"There is a history in Hollywood of haphazard endings to trilogies, and I didn’t want to become a part of that dishonorable tradition of pretending the third one doesn’t exist," he posted. "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. In the end, my love for Rocket, Groot, Gamora, Star-Lord, Yondu, Mantis, Drax, and Nebula – and some of the other forthcoming heroes – goes deeper than you guys can possibly imagine, and I feel they have more adventures to go on and things to learn about themselves and the wonderful and sometimes terrifying universe we all inhabit. And, like in both Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, we will work on creating the story that goes beyond what you expect."
Gunn states that Vol. 3 will happen after the events of Avengers: Infinity War and that it will "conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy."
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 releases May 5, 2017. You can read Gunn's full Facebook post below.