Director James Gunn has denied rumors that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be rebooted after the fourth, currently untitled Avengers movie — or, rather, he has denied that any such reboot will include the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Responding to a question Monday on Twitter concerning rumors of an MCU reboot after Avengers 4, he wrote, “Not true. The Guardians, at least will carry on.”
Gunn directed both 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy and this year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Shooting on the fourth Avengers movie will begin later this year, and principal photography recently wrapped on its predecessor, Avengers: Infinity War.
Rumors about a complete overhaul of the MCU were prompted by interviews given by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and, in particular, a conversation with Collider writer Steve Weintraub in which Feige revealed there might not be a fourth “Phase” for the current iteration of the universe but, instead, “a new thing.”
“Certainly as we get to Infinity War there is a sense of a climax if not a conclusion to, by the time we’re at untitled Avengers 4, the 22 movies that will have encompassed the first three phases of the MCU,” said Feige. “And what happens after that will be very different. I don’t know if it’s Phase 4, it might be a new thing.”
Gunn also offered an update on the script for the third Guardians of the Galaxy film. “Working on the second draft of the treatment (story),” wrote the director.
Watch a trailer for the upcoming home entertainment release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, above.