James Gunn returning to direct third 'Guardians' film

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Following the success of his Marvel's first run in space, and the immense hype ahead of the second installation, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is planning a third galactic romp.

And director James Gunn will once again captain the voyage.

Gunn announced Monday on Facebook that a third film is indeed in the works and he will return to direct "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3." Gunn wrote and directed the first two "Guardians" films.

"In the end, my love for Rocket, Groot, Gamora, Star-Lord, Yondu, Mantis, Drax, and Nebula – and some of the other forthcoming heroes – goes deeper than you guys can possibly imagine, and I feel they have more adventures to go on and things to learn about themselves and the wonderful and sometimes terrifying universe we all inhabit," Gunn wrote. "And, like in both Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, we will work on creating the story that goes beyond what you expect."

The third film will take place after the events of "Avengers: Infinity War" and conclude the director's iteration of the "Guardians," while also launching the next wave of stories featuring, "old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond."

The series stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and features the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. 

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" debuts in theaters on May 5. 

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