Clark Collis
August 23, 2017 AT 12:51 PM EDT

How important are the next Guardians of the Galaxy film to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Galactically important, according to director James Gunn, who should know, given he is currently writing the script for just that film.

On Tuesday, the filmmaker made clear the importance of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in the course of a Q&A at Facebook Los Angeles.

“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,” said Gunn. “It’s going to really expand the cosmic universe. We’re going to be setting up new characters.”

But the director ended with a word of warning for fans of Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket.

“It will be the last movie of this version of Guardians of the Galaxy,” said Gunn.

Watch the trailer for the home entertainment release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, above.

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