Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 writer/director James Gunn is already hard at work on the script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, having finished the first treatment just this week. But he's run into one obstacle - his own established continuity.
"I'm writing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and I finished the first draft of the treatment yesterday. I'm excited about it. I feel really great about it. But there's one little thing that I had in the first movie," he told the audience during a presentation at E3. "Now, Marvel Canon - MCU - is crazy ... I did something in [Guardians of the Galaxy] where it was in the background but it was distinctly there, and people know that it's there ... I have a really good storytelling reason for breaking the canon, and I stayed up last night figuring out if I'm gonna do it or not. I still don't know."
Gunn then polled the audience on whether it was OK to break his own established canon - a question that received huge applause in support of the idea. Before Gunn could make up his mind, fellow panelist Neil deGrasse Tyson stepped in, urging Gunn to reveal the change he wished to make, jokingly offering to use his genius, and the audience's collective imagination, to help resolve the continuity conflict.
Gunn stopped short of revealing the specific detail he wished to change, but he did point to the specific scene where it originated.
"In the first movie there is the mugshot sequence where the characters go through and they're going through the mugshots and having their picture taken. And the Nova Corps has information about each of the characters coming up on their machinery," Gunn explained. "Those things are something that your average viewer doesn't see at all. But there's a lot of background I put into those things about who they've worked with, where they are from, what's going on. And it's one of those things that I'm thinking about changing."
The audience and Gunn's fellow panelists seemed to support Gunn's choice, with another panelist offering the explanation that the Nova Corps could be considered "unreliable narrators" who may be subject to misinformation themselves.
Our wild speculation - the only thing that stands out as something that could conflict continuity and have any impact - is on Gamora's description as the "last survivor of the Zehoberei people."
No specific release date for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has been announced.