– by Joseph Jammer Medina

North Americans are a few short days away from the release of Marvel Studios’ next film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Based on the critics — not to mention fans who have seen it overseas — it sounds like Marvel Studios has yet another feather in its proverbial cap. It currently sits at a solid 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, and what’s more, director James Gunn has already announced that he would be returning for the sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

The announcement was made less than a month ago, and given that the filmmaker has just finished his publicity rounds (or is, at the very least, winding down), you’d think he’d fly off to the Poconos for a month or so to get a much-needed vacation. But, like any true filmmaker, he seems to be more preoccupied with the next big project.

Speaking with USA Today, Gunn revealed that he’s already started writing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The outlet continues, stating that Gunn has discussed the story with star Chris Pratt, and has also had “some pretty intense conversations” wiht Saldana about a “significant role” in the sequel. 

In our recent interview with Saldana, she played coy when discussing the possibility of sequels, adding an “if I’m in it” when mentioning the possibility of shaving down her makeup time in the future production. It’s no real surprise that Gamora would be involved in this threequel. She is a crucial member of the current iteration of the Guardians. But in a world where nearly any character is interchangeable, you never know, so a confirmation is always nice.

If any of you are worried that Gunn will jump straight into this next film, fret not, as it sounds like he has a vacation in mind very soon — a place where he can “get [his] head on straight after three years of waking up and going to sleep and thinking about a talking raccoon.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters this Friday!

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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.