After having lingered indefinitely, it seems that Marvel does not expect to be able to do Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 for many years. At first glance, this is only a problem if you are serious Guardians of the Galaxy Fan and they were waiting for the third installment. However, in the broader scope of Marvel Cinematic Universe, this is potentially a much more important agreement. While Marvel has said little about what Phase Four would be, the study had said: Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 I was going to set the stage for the whole next phase, so if the movie does not come out until 2022 or later, what does that say about Phase Four?
In summary, he says that Phase Four probably will not be what we expected it to be. We certainly do not expect the MCU to have a pause until 2022, so it's likely that we'll see several Marvel movies released in the middle Spider-Man: away from home Y Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3. Phase four will be underway before we see Star-Lord, Rocket and the rest again.
However, if that means Guardians vol. 3 It will not be there to launch the MCU into Phase Four, then the cosmic approach that we have been told that the new phase may not become a reality. There has been no indication that we have another Thor movie in the short term and it is equally unlikely that we are jumping so fast in a sequel to Captain Marvel. There simply are not many other cosmic heroes available to take the place of the Guardians.
The point is that if Marvel wanted, they could almost certainly get Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 off the ground at or near their original release date if they made that a priority. They have a script, written by James Gunn before his unceremonious dismissal, and everything indicates that the plan was to use that script. Finding a director should not be so difficult. This is Marvel. It is likely that there is a line at the door of people interested in being part of the MCU.
Even if Marvel decided to go back to the formula, get a new script, hire a new director and reformulate an angry Dave Bautista, it would still be two and a half years before they were ready to start production. This long delay seems strange. Why would Marvel know, at this time, that the Guardians would not start firing until 2021? It seems that this is an intentional decision that the study has taken to wait. So, why are they doing it?
Today, it was announced that Disney & # 39; s Cruise through the jungle The film was essentially taking control of a launch window where an untitled Marvel movie had been set up. That movie has been removed from the calendar and has not been given a new date, so the current MCU calendar is not only being changed, but it seems to be going through a real change. Cruise through the jungle It is an unproven property that has now been given a main summer release date. It could be that Disney is very tall in the new Dwayne Johnson movie and I would like to give it a bigger date than next October, or it could be that Disney needed to fill that hole with something because the Marvel movie had to be eliminated, and it was available.
The problem is not just that phase four may be changing because Guardians vol. 3 has been delayed, is that Guardians vol. 3 It may be delayed because phase four is changing.
The fact that the Disney / Fox merger can be finalized for the first of the year can not be ignored here. When James Gunn originally said he was circling after Guardians of the Galaxy vol. two To make a third film and also work in Phase Four, the idea of recovering the X-Men and the Fantastic Four was far from being a reality. However, when Marvel Studios had to sit down and figure out what to do after letting go of James Gunn, it was a real thing that was happening. If there was a moment to reconsider the way forward, this was the moment.
Perhaps, after analyzing the situation, Kevin Feige and the company decided that with the future of the Guardians franchise in question, they only needed to change gear completely. Keeping the MCU more Earth-based, at least for a while, would be safer, but with new characters on the way, it could still make you feel fresh and new, something different from the previous phase.
If the decision was made to include mutants or the Reed family in Phase Four, at that time you really want to move Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 further down the line. You want the first films of the new phase to establish this stage and Guardians It's not necessarily the franchise that you want to do that.
While there are many things we do not know about the films that Marvel plans to release in Phase Four, the ones that have been rumored so far are a film by Black Widow and Black Panther 2. None is particularly cosmic.
There is another reason why you might want to move Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 as late as possible If any of the rumors were true that there were some inside Marvel who wanted to give James Gunn a second chance, the chances of that happening increase the longer we wait. After a few years, it could be announced that James Gunn has "learned his lesson" and that he and Disney have reconciled. I honestly do not think that happens, but might occur.
Of course, all this is an assumption based on a rumor, so it is possible that the premise is wrong. If it is true, however, that Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 It will no longer be the launch pad that it once was, then it will clearly be something else, and it is likely to send us to a completely different place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.