In 2014, James Gunn introduced the Guardians of the Galaxy to the MCU. In the years since, the ragtag bunch of losers who were, at the time, unknown to all but the most hardcore of comic book readers, have become household names and among the most beloved characters in the MCU. Gunn and the cast are now deep into production on the third volume of their story, one that Gunn has called the last go around for this version of the team, and the film is set to hit theaters in May of 2023.
Chief among the characters that Gunn brought into the public eye through the films is Nebula, played by Karen Gillan. Over the course of the two Guardians’ films and Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the character has gradually grown into a bigger role as Gillan has grown into a bigger star. Gillan’s latest film, a sci-fi movie about clones titled Dual, premiered last week at Sundance. During a recent AMA with Dual co-star Aaron Paul, Gillan talked about what it’s like working with Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn.
It’s a juggernaut movie, right? Like all the Marvel films are but what James Gunn brings to it is this real indie spirit. Like it doesn’t necessarily feel like…like you’re not so aware that you’re making a giant movie. It’s like…it fells as loose and free and as flexible as an indie can feel sometimes. And he always directs with a microphone. And so you’re always just getting like this booming voice from God, essentially. He’s like, “Do it again. Do it like this.” And then he throws out lines that aren’t even in the script. And you know, “Call him this. Do this.” And then you literally hear him laughing over the microphone, which is also maybe the best feeling ever, too. Your like, “Yes, I made him laugh.”
There is no doubt that Gunn will look to tell a monster of a story in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 as not only is it the last go around for the characters that he’s spent the better part of a decade developing, but also potentially his last time in a director’s chair for Marvel Studios as he looks to work more closely with DC. Given the quality of Gunn’s two most recent superhero projects, The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker, MCU fans could be in for something very special.