Hello nerds!

During a Facebook Live Q&A, director James Gunn was pretty open about what to expect from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and holy shit, did he drop some serious truth about just how crucial this film will be to the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Much of what’s happened in the MCU for the past ten or so years has been leading, in a big way, to the Avengers’ Infinity War,” Gunn wrote. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will happen after all that. It will conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond.

10 years and beyond... Dude! It looks like the void left by Joss Whedon isn't all that hard to fill, between the likes of James Gunn and The Russo Brothers.  Especially, with head honcho Kevin Feige still watching over everything like he was Uatu. Well, if you think that Guardians 3 setting up the characters who will guide the MCU for the next decade or so was exciting, then you better sit down for this next part. The current roster of Guardians that we all love will be different following Volume 3, so as old members leave and new ones join the team and one hero who has been noticeably absent in the cosmic MCU is Richard Ryder aka Nova.  

Nova not yet being included in the films of the cosmic MCU has been a point of contention for most fans of the character; especially, considering how involved the Nova corps is with the Guardians. Well, not one to ignore his fans, Gunn specifically spoke about Bucket Head and he offers a glimmer of hope that we'll see Nova on the team one day.

Yes, definitely. Nova comes up occasionally as someone we might use. 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. It’s going to really expand the cosmic universe. We’re going to be setting up new characters. It will be the last movie with this version of Guardians of the Galaxy.

So, it would seem that between Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy 3 will be laying the groundwork for MCU going forward for the next decade or two. Holy shit, man. That's a lot of movies, not that I'm complaining, but damn. Here's hoping the MCU is still going in 2027 or 2037 and we get to see it all for ourselves. I'm hoping we can watch them in VR and actually be able to become our favorite heroes in their films. Oh, the future. Please be rad.