Now that Marvel Studios has finally rehired Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, it looks like the studio has given Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 its production start date.
There's a new listing on Production Weekly, and according to the publication (via ComicBook.com), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will begin production sometime in February 2021. The film's production will work under the title "Hot Christmas," a name previously rumored online.
While some might lament over the two-year wait, fans ought to remember that Marvel is currently filled to the brim with projects. After the release of Avengers: Endgame this April, Marvel will be dropping Spider-Man: Far From Home. Then, after that, the studio is set to begin work on other projects like Black Widow, The Eternals, and Shang-Chi.
This 2021 production start date for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 gives the studio time to prepare. Not only that, but it allows Gunn to complete his work as the director of the DC Extended Universe's Suicide Squad 2. The filmmaker was hired earlier this year, much to the surprise and pleasure of fans both in Marvel and DC.
Gunn was previously fired from his role as a Marvel director by Disney after a right-wing extremist decided to dredge up old, insensitive, and inappropriate tweets that Gunn made fourteen years in the past. The entire affair created a whirlwind of controversy. While some believed that what Disney did was right, many others rallied behind Gunn, knowing that he had apologized for the tweets long before he was hired by Marvel and knowing that he had changed so much since then.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 doesn't have a release date yet but we'll update everyone as soon as we get word.