The Marvel Cinematic Universe is preparing for the upcoming release of Phase 4, which contains more content than any release slate from the Infinity Saga. After the debut of this new group of films and shows was pushed to later this year due to the Coronavirus, there are now at least eight confirmed films in the MCU releasing in theatres between November 2020 and July 2022 along with at least eight new mini-series coming to Disney+. While this slate includes projects for dozens of new characters and sequels to previous MCU films, there are still a few other movies and shows that have been confirmed yet lack a definitive release date. Via a recent social media blast, the director of one of those future movies shed some new light on plot details, as well as his own future with his franchise.
In his latest Twitter Q&A, via a release from MCU Cosmic, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 director James Gunn revealed answers to two important questions regarding the franchise. When asked if someone will die in his upcoming sequel, he responded with a very straight-forward "yes." Gunn was also asked if there were any chances of him directing a fourth film, to which he replied:
"I have no plans for a 4th."
WHAT THIS MEANS
Gunn has a history of being one of the most honest and candid directors of the MCU to date. While he has never been afraid to reveal details for his films, he is also nortorious for being a huge tease concerning the future. The fact that someone will die in the next movie opens up so many possibilities for galaxy-altering consequences that will come from the next adventure. The biggest mystery now is to figure out who exactly will end up perishing, which is sure to be a huge topic of conversation for at least a couple years until the films release. After the death of Zoe Saldana's Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War and resurrection at the end of Avengers: Endgame, along with the death of Michael Rooker's Yondu Udonta in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, Gunn is clearly not afraid of killing someone off, even characters so vital to the team. However, one must also consider the possibility of this death of "someone" being a background character whose killing would have little effect on the plot of the movie.
Gunn's reveal that he has no plans for a fourth movie isn't a huge shock, considering there is still so much time until his third comes to the big screen. The only franchise in the MCU to recieve a fourth solo movie is Thor, with the release of Thor: Love and Thunder set for theatrical release on February 18, 2022. Gunn had planned for the franchise to be a trilogy from the moment he signed on, and even if the third movie is the end of his time as a director in the MCU, his trilogy helped give the franchise unlimited possibilities for its cosmic future.
James Gunn has served as the writer and director for both Guardians of the Galaxy and Vol. 2, as well as an executive producer on both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. He is set write and direct of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3, which has been confirmed for Phase 4 with no set release date.