James Gunn: Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Might Be ‘Favorite Movie’ But Not ‘Favorite Shooting Experience’

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn reveals the film had a “very difficult” shoot.

Asked whether the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy sequel or the Holiday Special was his favorite story to shoot, the 55-year-old filmmaker opened up about his experience on set.

“The Holiday Special was a pure joy,” he revealed via Twitter. “Vol 3 was very difficult for a billion reasons, starting with its size and complexity. It might be my favorite movie but it probably wasn’t my favorite shooting experience, other than the love I have for the whole team.”

He also explained where the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special fits into the MCU.

“The Guardians Holiday Special is the epilogue of Phase 4,” he revealed, while also confirming that the Holiday Special is also part of the MCU canon.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was recently unveiled to be part of MCU’s Phase 5 during Marvel’s panel at San Diego Comic Con.

Gunn recently confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 would be a lot more mature than previous installments, with a much more emotional story this time around. And that could account for some of the difficulty Gunn faced when bringing the story to the big screen.

“It’s an incredibly emotional story,” he explained “Much more mature than the other Guardian stories in a way because, you know, we started making these movies that were 10, 11 years old when they saw the first one, and now they’ re 20, 21 years old. The movie has grown up with them.”

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