Little was known about the future of the Marvel CInematic Universe before Kevin Feige took the stage at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend. One thing we did know for sure was that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was on the way.
Although Kevin Feige confirmed that the film was still happening, it looks like Phase 4 of the MCU won't include the new Guardians movie. James Gunn did apologize to a fan on Twitter and explained why.
Sorry to disappoint. Guardians Vol. 3 IS happening, but I am finishing The Suicide Squad first. ❤️ https://t.co/gFodDqiDvl
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 21, 2019
"Sorry to disappoint," Gunn wrote on Twitter. "Guardians Vol. 3 is happening, but I am finishing The Suicide Squad first." Suicide Squad's reboot will begin filming later this year ahead of it's August 6, 2021 release date.
Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 3 shouldn't be expected until November 5, 2021, the day Phase 4's final film, Thor: Love and Thunder is released. Marvel has announced three release dates for its movies beyond that date: February 18, May 6 and July 29, 2022. While no movie titles were tied to those dates, it's possible one will belong to the Guardians 3.
The long wait between Guardians 2 and 3 stems from Disney's decision to fire Gunn from the movie in July of 2018, but due to the overflowing support of fans and cast members, Gunn was rehired in March. it was during this time that Gunn was brought on to direct DC's next Suicide Squad.
Gunn commented on the offensive jokes that were the cause of his firing.
"I don’t blame anyone," he said. "I feel and have felt bad for a while about some of the ways I spoke publicly, some of the jokes I made, some of the targets of my humor, just the unintentional consequences of not being more compassionate in what I’m putting out there. I know that people have been hurt by things that I’ve said, and that’s still my responsibility, that I wasn’t as compassionate as I should be in what I say."