According to Production Weekly (@prodweek), filming of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (under the working title "Hot Christmas") has been pushed to 2021. Which means we likely won't see a release until 2022.
This shouldn't come as much of a surprise given the recent controversy that resulted in James Gunn being fired by Disney. Now they need time to find a replacement director. Taika Waititi is said to be one of the frontrunners, which would make sense after his work on Thor: Raganarok. I think Waititi's crazy style would fit well with a Guardians movie.
But will this delay have other repercussions for the Guardians? Dave Bautista - who was very vocal about wanting Gunn reinstated - has said he's not sure if he will return for a third Guardians movie.
The good news however, according to Gunn's brother Sean (Kraglin in GOTG Vol. 1&2) the script Gunn wrote is still being used. In a tweet James Gunn described the Vol. 3 script as "Every bit of my heart." Originally Vol. 3 was supposed to start Phase 4 of the MCU by setting up several storylines, including The Eternals. It's unknown at this point whether these projects will be delayed or reworked. Currently Doctor Strange 2, Black Widow and Black Panther 2 are rumoured to be scheduled for production in the near future. But it's hard to say how accurate this is with Marvel keeping Phase 4 details mostly under wraps until after Avengers 4 is released.
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