– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is at an interesting place right now. Not too long ago, it was easily one of the more secure, locked-in-place sequels we were to get from Marvel Studios. In a world where several franchises within the Marvel Cinematic Universe seem to be winding down, having a bedrock of established franchises on which to build the next phase seemed like a good idea. But the discovery of James Gunn’s controversial tweets from years back seemed to really change that.

Now, James Gunn is out, they are in search of another director, and we’re likely another four years from seeing this sequel hit theaters — as opposed to the planned one-plus year. A lot is going to ride on what kind of director they get, how much they’ll change the script, and the overall direction of the MCU in the wake of this upheaval. We’ve had few details on the way things are going over there, but a new rumor from SuperBroMovies writer Daniel R hints at a potential new direction for the film.

“I hear they want a female director to replace Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Not sure if true, so just a rumor for now. Again, just a RUMOR. Came from someone pretty reliable tho. We’ll see.”

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This move could make a lot of sense for Marvel Studios, especially with there seeming to be a big focus on female characters going forward. Also, perhaps with a woman at the helm, we can get a more interesting female lead. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Guardians movies (especially the second one), but Gamora has always been an incredibly boring character to me, and seemed to be a result of “we need a female character, and she has to be a badass because we have too few other female characters.”

Things got better in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with the introduction of Mantis and the development of Nebula, but I’d love to see the female characters be as interesting as the male ones in a Guardians film for once. Perhaps this shift in director can accomplish that without losing too much of what made the first two special — though that’ll be no easy feat.

What do you think of this rumor? Personally, when all said and done, so long as the director is good, I’m all for this. Let us know your own thoughts down below!

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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.