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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Will Continue After ‘Avengers 4,’ Says James Gunn

Filmmaker debunks long-standing rumor about the Marvel Universe

The “Guardians of the Galaxy” will continue on after “Avengers 4,” says director James Gunn.

The filmmaker went on Twitter to deny a long-standing rumor that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will reboot after the fourth, untitled “Avengers” movie, saying that the current makeup of the Guardians characters will remain the same. When asked by a fan on Twitter if the MCU might be given a “soft” reboot in the form of “Secret Wars,” Gunn said, “Not true. The Guardians, at least will carry on.” (“Secret Wars” was a popular Marvel comic in which the Marvel Universe was rebooted.)

The rumor about a complete reboot of the MCU was prompted by interviews given by Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige and, in particular, a conversation with Collider in which Feige said there might not be a fourth “Phase” for the current iteration of the universe but, instead, “a new thing.”

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“Certainly as we get to ‘Infinity War’ there is a sense of a climax if not a conclusion to, by the time we’re at untitled ‘Avengers 4,’ the 22 movies that will have encompassed the first three phases of the MCU,” said Feige. “And what happens after that will be very different. I don’t know if it’s Phase 4, it might be a new thing.”

The first “Guardians” film opened to $94.3 million in North America in 2014 and went on to earn $333.2 million domestically and $773.3 million worldwide. The second “Guardians” film opened domestically at $146.5 million this year and is currently at $859.3 million worldwide.

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens May 4, 2018; “Avengers 4” goes wide May 3, 2019.