The GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 3 crew who showed up for pre-production have been dismissed indefinitely.
Ever since the firing of Saturn-Award-winning director James Gunn, fans (and probably everyone involved) have been wondering what would happen once pre-production was scheduled to start. Well, that time has come and now we know, and unfortunately but not unsurprisingly, Disney and Marvel have decided to put off production of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3.
There hasn’t been an official statement, but according to a Variety source, the less than 20 crew that showed up in Los Angeles for pre-production have been dismissed. Not only that, but they’ve been told that they are free to look for work elsewhere. By that conclusion, we can hypothesize there are no immediate plans to start work on the film, despite its importance and popularity to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
We can probably say that there hasn’t been any serious search for a new director to take Gunn’s place, likely because Disney and Marvel want and need fans to cool off. The subject of Gunn’s firing has definitely been a hot topic for both fans and cast, since Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn is set to keep Gunn off the payroll, despite pleas from social media, including stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista.
We are dismayed by this latest turn of events, but again, it hasn’t been much of a surprise. We’ve seen the MCU fandom at odds with it, but it’s still sad to know that we won’t be seeing Star Lord and his crew anytime soon on the big screen.
We also don’t know how this is going to affect Avengers 4 since they were very much integrated with the rest of the MCU in Infinity War. A bad scenario is that since all but Rocket the Raccoon and Nebula survived The Snap, Disney/Marvel would only have to deal with keeping Bradley Cooper (who voices Rocket) and Karen Gillan on for Avengers 4, if they want to go really extreme. It’s not likely, but still, we can’t put it past Disney to do something like that.
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 was scheduled for a 2020 release. The next movie on the Marvel Cinematic Universe agenda is Captain Marvel, scheduled for release on March 8, 2019.