Marvel Studios' movies have always comprised of mostly threequels, with Avengers: Infinity War being the only exception so far.
But from the looks of it, another ensemble movie may see the same treatment of extending beyond its planned three titles. In an interview with ScreenRant, director James Gunn confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy 3 will be the end for the team as we know it—but not the Guardians per se.
"It means it's the end of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Yeah."
What this means is that it may follow the way that Avengers: Age of Ultron saw the introduction of new characters, and Captain America: Civil War, where we saw previously central Avengers figures disappear from the set. Granted, there is a very good reason for this.
For fans who have been following Marvel's Grand Plan, this still makes sense, even if it may also mean that favorite characters won't be there to fight another battle. That's because there are a lot more other Marvel superheroes waiting in the wings. Black Panther still has to make his solo movie debut, as well as Captain Marvel. I'm actually expecting another female superhero to debut sometime soon—though I'm not so against a possible Black Widow solo movie either.
And let's not forget the possible new storylines and events that Marvel can take their stories into. If it means expanding the Marvel universe with insanely good stories, changing landscapes and teams in the MCU can even be considered a good thing.
For now, we can look forward to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 when it hit theaters on May 4.