Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 begins filming this week, and writer/director James Gunn recently participated in a Facebook Q&A with fans that revealed what to expect -- and not to expect -- when the movie is released in 2017.
"Thanos will not appear in Vol. 2. No. As I've said before, Thanos isn't in this movie," Gunn re-itterated. "I think he's gonna have a little bit to do and say when it comes to certain wars and infinity. We've got other fish to fry in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."
Gunn goes further, saying that while an Infinity Stone was the central point of the first Guardians of the Galaxy, it -- and the other five -- will not have a role to play in the upcoming sequel.
"We're not really so much about the Infinity Stones in Guardians 2," Gunn said. "Is that a spoiler? It's not really a thing."
Gunn went into detail about the relative standalone nature of his film despite the growing interconnectivity between films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"I'm dealing with this one story... It's not like I have to change something now for something in the future," said Gunn. "It's more like whatever happens in the future will have to be changed by what's created now."
When asked if he would like to do a third Guardians of the Galaxy film, Gunn said that while he had some ideas but isn't committed just yet to anything beyond the currentn sequel.
"Do I have plans for a potential Vol. 3? Yeah, if I did it -- but I'm not sure if I will," said Gunn. "Right now, I'm really excited and happy to be working with Marvel and doing Vol. 2 and then I'm going to decide what I'm going to do after that," he shared. "I've been offered a lot of stuff but I really just want to get through Vol. 2."
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to open in theaters May 5, 2017.