Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 confirmed for 2020

Ever since Marvel made its Phase 3 announcement at the El Capitan Theater on October 2014, there hasn’t been quite an announcement of that scale. More recently, Marvel is choosing to say mum on anything beyond the untitled Avengers 4 although speculations and fan theories have pretty much guessed what could be in store. Now, one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies 2020 might just have been confirmed and its something that could very well be considered official.

In response to a fan query asking about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, director James Gunn tweeted the following:


This is probably about as official as it gets. Now we know Marvel has been changing plans a lot off late and it’s entirely possible the situation could be different a year from now but looking back at the general release schedules of Marvel’s major franchises, this isn’t hard to believe. A 3-year gap is standard among Marvel’s releases and with Guardians of the Galaxy having released on August 2014 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 promoted to May 2017, a 2020 release for the final Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 seems all the more likely. The question is, which one of the three release slots that Marvel has for 2020 will go to James Gunn’s movie?

Of the three slots Marvel has for 2020 – May 1, August 7 and November 6, we can rule out the unlikeliest one i.e. November 2020. We’re thus left with May and August potentials. And seeing as this is the third movie in a now well-established franchise, Marvel would want to give James Gunn, a summer release as they did in 2017. It thus seems most likely for now that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will release on May 1, 2020.

Assuming Spider-Man: Homecoming will follow Avengers 4 on Jul 2019 as planned, we’re now left with two unknown slots we need to fill out to at least understand what Marvel has planned throughout 2020. My guess is, we’re not going to find that out anytime soon. Keep checking Appocalypse for more scoops on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.