Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 will take place at least a decade after vol. 2. How do we know that for certain? Let us explain.
If it's not a Marvel movie, chances are we're not leaving the house to go see it. On the one hand that might sound a little sad, but on the other, there are so many Marvel movies released that we're still heading to the movie theater pretty regularly. Well, not right now as Marvel is letting us recover from the monumental ending to phase three of the MCU.
During this lengthy gap between movies, we have decided to gather ourselves and figure out what happened when, and what's coming next. Among Marvel's many future announcements was a third installment in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. However, since director James Gunn is currently busy directing Suicide Squad 2, we probably have quite the wait on our hands for that one.
Turns out that actually might be a good thing. As far as the MCU timeline goes, Guardians 3 will be set in the year 2024 at the very earliest. How, we hear you ask? Let us explain with some help from ScreenRant. First of all, Marvel cleverly didn't have the Guardians movies take place alongside other MCU movies time-wise. Despite being released in 2017, Guardians 2 is actually set in 2014.
On to the next time we see the Guardians, Infinity War. That movie takes place in 2018, and then five years pass between then and Endgame thanks to The Snap. That takes us up to 2023, and Spider-Man: Far From Home is a little further on again, so 2024. That takes us to a full decade after Guardians 2, hence Guardians 3 being set at least ten years after the previous movie.
We may not have to wait until Guardians 3 to see Star-Lord and co again. We certainly hope so as it doesn't seem as if that movie will be released until at least 2023. Since Thor left with them at the end of Endgame, we could see them show up in Thor: Love & Thunder. That might also be where the space crusaders leave the Norse God behind so Guardians 3 can take place without him.