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Guardians of the Galaxy 3: James Gunn Gives Fans Peek at Marvel Sequel's Storyboarding

James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
By Richard Nebens

After nearly 20 new MCU outings over the next couple of years, James Gunn will make his glorious return to Marvel Studios with the end of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.

The director will finish the story with a bang by not only adding Vol. 3 to his theatrical resume but also by expanding the MCU’s Disney+ catalog with The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. With the team’s path being wide open after 2019's Avengers: Endgame, fans are anxious to see what the galactic misfits/new Avengers have in store beyond Earth’s atmosphere.

Now that Gunn’s work with Warner Bros. on The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker is complete for the moment, his attention has turned to delivering an exciting new threequel into the MCU’s ranks.

While filming likely won’t begin for a while, Gunn recently shared some insight into the production process for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in his latest social media blast.

Gunn Teases Start Of Guardians 3

MCU director James Gunn took to Twitter to share an image of a stack of hand-drawn storyboard art pieces for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

No specifics were shown, although Gunn teased that the stack “represents 12 pages of script” and will serve as the core for that portion of the movie:

"Stack of hand drawn storyboards I just finished from the past few days for #GuardiansoftheGalaxyVol3. This represents 12 pages of script & will be the foundation for this section of the film. Designing the film like this is the most important part of my job at this point."

James Gunn Twitter Storyboards Guardians 3

Gunn explained how every image is accompanied by "a numbered, written shot descriptor" and how he'll lay out notes for everybody involved in each shot both on and off-camera:

"A numbered, written shot descriptor accompanies every storyboard. In these, I'll also describe notes for the stunt team, the production designers, costumers, & so on, as well as reminding me of notes to give my actors (also sometimes alternate dialogue I'll throw out on set.)"

Gunn even revealed that this huge book of material "is more important" to his work than the movie's actual script:

"This book of drawings & descriptors becomes my film Bible, which is more important to me than the script. For me writing a script is often just me trying to describe what I see visually, so this is closer to the truth of how I see the story (the film itself is even closer)."

When asked how much information is on each page, Gunn explained that each card usually represents "one shot," but that some moving shots take numerous cards to bring to life:

"These are note cards. One shot per card generally - but a moving shot can take many cards to draw out.

Guardians 3 On The Way

While Gunn did his job of keeping plot details close to the chest, this seems to indicate that he’s now fully in the process of developing his third MCU movie. With this picture only showing about 12 pages worth of script for the film, there are sure to be dozens of stacks like this one that come together to complete Vol. 3.

The wait now continues for filming to begin for Gunn’s latest directorial effort, which is still nearly two years from releasing in theaters.

Fans are curious to find out exactly what challenges the Guardians have in store, such as finding 2014 Gamora and possibly seeing Elizabeth Debicki’s Ayesha once again. Whatever may be on the way for the “bunch of a-holes,” Gunn appears to be preparing for a huge endeavor with the MCU’s next round of galactic storytelling.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is set to release in theaters on May 5, 2023.