Spoilers ahead for Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Expect to see more of Sylvester Stallone's Starhawk and crew in future Marvel Studios films - that's according to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 writer/director James Gunn. Although he won't confirm Stallone will reprise his role in the recently-confirmed third Guardians film, the director - who is said to be taking a larger role in Marvel Studios - said talks are already underway for where Stallone's team of foundational Guardians will appear next.
"My plan is to see more of [Stallone's character]," Gunn told The Toronto Sun. "I’m not sure about him appearing in Vol. 3, we’ll have to see about that, but it’s our plan to see more of Stallone. [Marvel Studios President] Kevin [Feige] and I are working on what is going to become of the Marvel Cosmic Universe and where it’s going to go. We plan to see the rest of them in the future."
Stallone debuts in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as Starhawk, joined by Michelle Yeoh as Aleta Ogord, Ving Rhames as Charlie-27, Michael Rosenbaum's Martinex, and Miley Cyrus voicing a CGI Mainframe.
"I’m helping to decide what projects we’ll be pursuing outside of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and what the next cosmic characters we will focus on," Gunn continued. “I think the first three movies tell a single story and that story is pretty simple,” I think that there could be a Guardians Vol. 4, but it would not be the same. It would not be the same group… basically the story of this group ends with Vol. 3.”
This comes just days after Stallone reportedly exited from his most recent franchise, The Expendables.
"I’m helping to decide what projects we’ll be pursuing outside of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and what the next cosmic characters we will focus on," Gunn continued. "It’s my plan to have Sly - and I talked to him last night - to find a place for him in the future of the Marvel Universe."
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is open in several international territories, but will debut in North America May 5.