James Gunn Says a Fourth ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Would Follow a Different Group

“I think that there could be a “Guardians Vol. 4,” but it would not be the same,” says director

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Before “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has even hit theaters, a third movie in the franchise was announced with the same lead characters. But if a fourth installment winds up getting made, director James Gunn said it would be completely different than the prior three movies.

“I think the first three movies tell a single story and that story is pretty simple,” Gunn told the Toronto Sun. “I think that there could be a ‘Guardians Vol. 4,’ but it would not be the same. It would not be the same group… Basically the story of this group ends with ‘Vol. 3.’”

That means the collective star power of Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper wouldn’t grace the big screen in the way fans have grown accustomed. Yup, it sounds like we won’t get to see Star-Lord, Gamora or Groot in a potential fourth installment.

Maybe fans will see Sylvester Stallone’s Starhawk in Vol. 4 — given that it’s now common knowledge that Stallone’s character makes a cameo in the upcoming film, hitting theaters next week. And Gunn has said he wants to see Stallone have a big place in the future of the Marvel Universe. As a reminder: Starhawk is one of the original “Guardians of the Galaxy” team members from the early 1990s Marvel Comics.

“It’s my plan to have Sly — and I talked to him last night — to find a place for him in the future of the Marvel Universe,” Gunn continued. “My plan is to see more of him. I’m not sure about him appearing in Vol. 3, we’ll have to see about that, but it’s our plan to see more of Stallone. Kevin (Feige) and I are working on what is going to become of the Marvel Cosmic Universe and where it’s going to go. We plan to see the rest of them in the future.”