To be clear on the timeline, it wasn’t announced to the public until March 2019 that James Gunn was returning to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but thanks to Gunn’s new comments, it sounds like he learned Marvel Studios wanted him back around January 2019, if not earlier. But specific timing aside, can you imagine what was going through Gunn’s mind then? Just one day after he hops over to DC to helm The Suicide Squad, Disney chairman Alan Horn lets him know the company wants him back for the next Guardians movie. That must have been a mental whirlwind!