– by Joseph Jammer Medina

By the end of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios will have produced (or co-produced) 22 films over the course of 11 years. It will have achieved the unprecedented with its scope, number of mini-franchises within the entire properties, and its sheer number of lovable characters that it translated from comic page to screen.

We may only be around three films into this ten-film phase, but that hasn’t stopped us and Marvel Studios from looking to the future of this ambitious universe. The studio has already confirmed two films post-Phase 3 (Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3), so you can bet they already have some semblance of an idea of what they hope to do in the future. From the sound of it, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn may have a pretty significant impact on the films to come.

Speaking with The Toronto Sun, Gunn discussed his upcoming impact beyond even Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

“I will be helping to plant the seeds that will lead to the next decade. I’m helping to decide what projects we’ll be pursuing outside of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3… and what the next cosmic characters we will focus on.”

That’s right. Marvel will continue to push into the cosmos, which is where a lot of their crazier stories come from. It’ll be a nice departure given that most of the stories thus far have been earthbound. It’ll give Marvel a good reason to give their main heroes a break while it explores other places. And what about the Guardians themselves? Do Star-Lord and company have a future in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 4?

“I think the first three movies tell a single story and that story is pretty simple. I think that there could be a Guardians Vol. 4, but it would not be the same. It would not be the same group… basically the story of this group ends with Vol. 3.”

That makes sense. Oftentimes filmmakers will try and shoehorn beloved characters into films, but it’s important not to try and fit a square peg in a round hole. If a character’s story is done, there is little reason to press to keep them in the plot.

So what character does have a future in this universe?

Interestingly enough, there is one actor — Sylvester Stallone — who Gunn things has a bright future in the MCU.

“It’s my plan to have Sly — and I talked to him last night — to find a place for him in the future of the Marvel Universe.”

All right, then. Let’s hope he steals the show in Vol. 2!

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SOURCE: The Toronto Sun

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.