"Guardians of the Galaxy" writer/director James Gunn is sharing more Marvel Cinematic Universe updates.


The latest information isn't shocking news about Groot -- not that it can get much more shocking than "killing" him off. AGAIN.

No, this time James Gunn is confirming at least half the stuff he already mentioned last August about the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" timeline. Because not everyone saw that news. Plus, the Russo Brothers just tried to mist everyone on the MCU sequel timelines, to protect the "Avengers 4" plot.

Now that "Avengers: Infinity War" viewers know Gamora is gone, and most of the Guardians were dust-busted by Thanos, some fans were left confused how it can still be true that Vol. 3 "will take place after the next two 'Avengers' movies." That's what Gunn had said in a Facebook Live Q&A last summer, adding that the third movie "will help to set up the next 10, 20 years of Marvel movies. It's going to really expand the cosmic universe. We're going to be setting up new characters."

Bold statements. Not everyone caught them, though.

Plus, the Russo Brothers -- who directed both "Avengers 3" and "Avengers 4" -- recently tried to suggest that MCU Phase 4 sequels like "Guardians 3" and "Spider-Man 2" might be set before the new "Avengers" movies.

And since Chris Pratt (Star-Lord) told Pom Klementieff (Mantis) he was looking forward to shooting "Vol. 3" with her next year -- when both of their characters vaporized at the end of "Infinity War" -- it just added to the timeline confusion.

So now that we're a few months post-"Infinity," a fan asked James Gunn for clarification:

James Gunn continued to answer some questions on the trilogy -- confirming that the story for the characters we already know will end with Vol. 3:

He did say new characters were coming, so maybe they will be the new Guardians who get a Vol. 4 later in Phase 4. Or maybe Phase 5.

"Avengers 4" will reshuffle the MCU deck when it arrives in theaters May 3, 2019.

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