The Suicide Squad is released next week, Peacemaker has already wrapped filming, and so James Gunn moves on to Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 pretty much directly, in movie-making terms. Filming dates are locked and production is imminent.
After the social media controversy saw Gunn switch to DC for a while, he is back in the Marvel camp. In an interview with Collider he explained that the script he will shoot is practically the script he finished a few years ago, before the delays:
“It’s basically been finished for years. I keep fiddling with different things and adding things, and figuring out permutations and stuff – I’m in the middle of doing another draft now – but it’s really small stuff in comparison to what it has been. Its basically been finished since three years ago.”
Pre-production will begin soon, and filming will kick off in Atlanta in November. Gunn confirmed it will be set directly after Thor: Love and Thunder and that the main focus will be the death of Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and the alternate timeline version now with the Guardians post Endgame:
“The only time they ever [asked me to include something for future MCU movies] was on the first movie with Thanos, putting Thanos in there. Which they wanted me to do. But besides that they’ve never done that.
I have to pay attention to things that happen, which they did talk to me about – the stuff with Gamora and things like that. I know that the characters have been through certain things, so I have to deal with that stuff. But for the most part, they never once asked me to put anything in the script for Volume 3 to set up anything in the future. Nor would I do it, frankly, it’s not really my thing.”
Remember, we also have the Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special to come, which is officially part of MCU canon:
“It’s in-canon, it’s about the Guardians, you’re gonna learn stuff that you need to learn before Volume 3, and it’s great I’m really happy with it. I’m gonna film it at the same time as the movie. I’m using a lot of the same sets, the same actors obviously, so we’re filming simultaneously with the film but it’s gonna have to be edited and finished soon.”
Meanwhile, The Suicide Squad is getting rave reviews from early screenings. As usual, though, take these with a pinch of salt. They are usually specially invited fans, competition winners, and amateur outlets like us, who tend to get all over-excited at being treated to something “special” and as a result gush over the experience more than the product. This gushing on social media by outlets with semi-professional sounding names is an essential part of any studio’s marketing toolkit.
One thing some of them do reference is that it’s something of a bloodbath. This is what Gunn hinted at in an earlier video: