Gunn Confirms ‘Guardians 3’ Is Not A Prequel – Will ‘Eternals’ Cameo?

Jun 20, 2018


Writer-director James Gunn had to take to Twitter, yet again, to clear the air about the setting of Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 3. There had been some suggestion that the third film would be set before the events of Avengers: Infinity War, a prequel of sorts.

James has debunked this and revealed it will take place after those events.

As we’ve previously reported Marvel Studios is eyeing a production start this February in Atlanta and has already hired Drive production designer Beth Mickle. 

In the past, James has teased a wildly different lineup of Guardians in the third film.

While it’s expected to finally see Adam Warlock in the MCU it remains to be seen if The Eternals would also show up before their own movie which is reportedly being written by screenwriters Matthew and Ryan Firpo.

James is said to be overseeing the cosmic side of the MCU that would also likely include projects like The Eternals. His fingerprints are all over other cosmic MCU films such as Avengers: Infinity War and the upcoming Captain Marvel film, which he helped plant seeds for both early on in Guardians.

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Introducing Eternals in Guardians 3 isn’t such a bizarre idea.

Gunn previously introduced Josh Brolin’s Thanos in his first film, a Titan eternal himself brother to Starfox and cousin to Thena.

The Eternals group spans multiple alien races including the Kree [Ultimus an Eternal, is also part of the Kree supergroup Starforce], who was first introduced by Gunn and will be heavily explored in Captain Marvel via the Kree-Skrull War including a return from Lee Pace’s Ronan The Accuser.

The Celestials created the Eternals over a million years ago.

Some interesting family history in the comics as Kronos is the father to Alars [father of Thanos and Starfox] and Zuras [father of Thena].

Jack Kirby’s lineup took names directly from Greek myths and literature which made sense as Zuras’ group did reside along Zeus and the Greek gods in Olympia. While Hercules isn’t a direct Eternal there is a good chance they could take some liberties with his lineage.

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Interesting enough, for pride month James Gunn tweeted out a photo of Hercules, an openly gay superhero. A popular enough character that might actually take a role in the Eternal film and could give the MCU it’s first gay superhero.


Herc was recently included alongside the original lineup of The Guardians of The Galaxy [introduced in the last film as Ravagers] in a new Marvel Comics revamp of Secret Wars/Korvac Saga.

Sersi [name taken from evil sorceress Circe via Homer’s The Odyssey] is said to be the main character of Marvel’s Eternals movie. If there was a direct Eternals cameo in it could make sense to include her as Gunn adds multiple female characters in the films.

Both Sersi and Hercules were Avengers around the same time. Gunn seems to be a big fan of adding obscure cosmic and Avengers characters to his movies.

Guardians 3 is without an official release date but most assume it’ll take that May spot in 2020.


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