While most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films are set in the year in which they were released, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 takes place just a few months after the events of the first Guardians film, placing it in 2014. The Guardians are next set to appear in Avengers: Infinity War, which comes out and is set in 2018, four years after the events of the first two Guardians films. Because of this, many fans were wondering when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 might take place. The sequel has no release date yet, but would hit theaters after Infinity War and Avengers 4, so the question is would the next installment take place within this 4-year gap?
James Gunn took to Twitter today to answer that very question:
No. Vol. 3 will take place AFTER Avengers 3 & 4. https://t.co/5QCiH5fU55
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 2, 2017
While I’m sure many fans will be insanely curious about what the Guardians have been up to in the four years between their first two solo films and Infinity War, it should be really interesting to pick up with the team so much later and see how they’ve grown as a family.
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Kurt Russell, Sean Gunn, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Michael Rosenbaum and Sylvester Stallone. Here is the sequel’s official synopsis:
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters May 5, 2017.