James Gunn Says GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 Will Set Up The Next 20 Years Of The MCU

PLUS: Yondu's calling the shots on the VOL. 3 soundtrack!

James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 was the summer's most massively cosmic blockbuster, but it sounds like Gunn has even bigger plans in store for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3.

In a new interview on Facebook Live (via Collider, and as quoted by SlashFilm, because we don't have enough sources listed already), Gunn was asked about the possibility of a Nova standalone film, to which he says:

“Yes, definitely. Nova comes up occasionally as someone we might use. One of the things I’m doing with creating Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, it will take place after the next two Avengers movies and it will help to set up the next 10, 20 years of Marvel movies. It’s going to really expand the cosmic universe. We’re going to be setting up new characters. It will be the last movie of this version of Guardians of the Galaxy.”

This thing about Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 being the last movie to feature the current Guardians lineup isn't precisely new - that's something Gunn's been saying for a while now - but this thing about Vol. 3 setting up "the next 10, 20 years of Marvel movies" is a new wrinkle. That's quite a timeframe, and leads us to believe that whatever happens in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 will likely be gigantic.

Another interesting detail: Gunn also says that Vol. 3's soundtrack will be directly influenced by Mary Poppins himself, Yondu (Michael Rooker).

Says Gunn:

Volume 1 and Volume 2 have been Meredith’s song choices, her communication to Peter. In Volume 3, the song choices will be Yondu communicating to Peter.”

The soundtracks for Gunn's first two Guardians Of The Galaxy films have been impeccably assembled, so we're very curious to see what a Yondu-influenced version of that looks (and sounds) like. We'll be waiting a while to find out - Guardians Vol. 3 won't arrive until after the next two Avengers movies - but we'll be keeping our ears to the ground for any and all updates in between now and then. Stay tuned!