James Gunn is doing what few have ever done in superhero films, get to direct numerous films of the same series/same characters. He brought Guardians of the Galaxy to the world at large, and his style made them one of the standout films of the entire MCU lineup, and with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, he had the biggest sequel film (not named Avengers) among the MCU. Now, with GOTG Vol.3 confirmed, he’s working hard to make sure it’s just as good as the original two films.
In an interview with Collider, he talked about how much he thinks about these films and the work that goes into them:
“I do an incredibly in-depth treatment for every movie. I think of writing a screenplay as creating the body of a human being and you’ve got to start with the skeleton, start with the bones, and you create the bones. You take a lot of time because that’s the actual base of the movie and if you screw that part up, later on down the line, you’re going to have a lot of mistakes. So by creating a really strong foundation for the story, that’s the most important thing.”
He also noted that he’s “tying a lot of stuff together in the third film,” which could signal his departure. Or, could mean that he’s getting things wrapped up so he can start an all-new adventure with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Hard to say at present.