Gunn Dishes That ‘Suicide Squad’ Heavily Influenced ‘Guardians 3’

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James Gunn has decided that he may like working on television shows rather than another Guardians film.

The Guardians director has been busy working hard with DC as he finished The Suicide Squad (2021) and went straight to work with John Cena on Peacemaker which just aired the season finale this week. Now, Gunn is working to make sure he gets everything right with the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3  which is set to release in May 2023.

guardians of the galaxy from left: zoe saldana as gamaora, bradley cooper sean gunn as rocket raccoon, chris pratt as peter quill aka star lord, vin diesel as groot, dave bautista as drax the destroyer
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The director had talked with Variety about the finale of Peacemaker which had a surprise cameo of the Justice Leagueangering fans in the process — and Gunn was able to weigh in on how his time with DC changed his film making process:

“I think “The Suicide Squad” also has informed “Vol. 3” a lot in terms of how we’re shooting it. There’s a different type of groundedness, I think, in this movie that we had in both “Peacemaker” and “Suicide Squad.” I learned so much from everything that I do.”

John Cena as Peacemaker
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Gunn also explained how he felt his style for the third Guardians film was always going to be different from Guardians 2:

“I had as much fun as you could have during COVID making “Peacemaker,” and so I’m trying to apply that more to “Vol. 3.” In all truth, the first two “Guardians,” I love the cast and crew, but they were really difficult to make. And a lot of that was self-imposed difficulty by me. I realized after “Vol. 2” that I couldn’t continue to live a life if I made everything I did like “Vol. 2,” which I just killed myself over, unnecessarily. I needed to balance my life a little bit better. And so I’ve been applying that to “Vol. 3.””

James Gunn has learned a lot these past few years as his journey with DC began after being fired by Marvel Studios for a short period of time due to controversial online messages. This left Guardians 3 up in the air until the director was brought back to finish the project. In that small window, Gunn was confirmed by DC to make The Suicide Squad, which has subsequently received a lot of praise for being one of the “best” DCEU films ever made.

(left) chris pratt as peter quill aka star lord (center) bradley cooper sean gunn as rocket raccoon (right) chris hemsworth as thor in avengers endgame guardians of the galaxy
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With Guardians 3 in the works right now, the cast for the movie has already confirmed this will be their last outing together. It will be a darker, emotional ride which will be quite different than the previous installments. Gunn has expressed that he doesn’t plan to come back after Guardians 3 to do another Guardians film as he believes his time should be spent in television:

“I think I pretty much have decided that after I’m done with “Guardians,” I’m going to be doing television for at least a year. My mind’s made up on that. Not all the shows that we’re dealing with are things that I’m going to be writing and directing, so some of them may take different amounts of my my time. “Peacemaker” is going to be me writing, me directing and spending all my time on set. But other other shows that may not be writing and directing or not directing all the episodes.”

guardians of the galaxy cast in benatar cockpit
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On top of Peacemaker Season 2, the director is also working on another Suicide Squad Spin-off. Gunn seems to have his hands full with DC projects, but he has no other confirmed projects with Marvel. There is a chance that Guardians 3 will be the last time Gunn works with Marvel which will be sad due to how influential Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 (2014) and Vol.2 (2017) were to the MCU.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 will be bigger than ever as it will star Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Vin Diesel (Groot), Will Poulter (Adam Warlock), and a lot more. Thor: Love and Thunder (2021) will include the Guardians crew meaning fans don’t have to wait as long before seeing them again in the MCU.

John Cena as Peacemaker
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Is Guardians 3 James Gunn’s last project with Marvel? Let us know in the comments below what you think!

Thor: Love and Thunder releases in theaters on July 8, 2022.

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