Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has only been in theaters for less than a week, which — in the internet’s infinitely fickle estimation — means it’s time to start focusing on the next chapter in Marvel’s intergalactic superhero saga. It’ll probably be another three or four years before we see our favorite bunch of a-holes back on the big screen, but director James Gunn is already fielding questions about his plans for Vol. 3.

Although it’s still way too early to reveal any big plot specifics, Gunn can answer at least one lingering question about Vol. 3. While speaking with IGN, the director confirmed that Elizabeth Debicki’s Ayesha will return for the next Guardians of the Galaxy sequel:

I absolutely plan on bringing Elizabeth Debicki back. She’s actually one of my favorite actors I’ve ever worked with. I think on this movie between her, Pom Klementieff who plays Mantis, and Chris Sullivan who plays Taserface, they really were three of the best actors I’ve ever worked with and were all such a joy on this film to deal with that I would love to deal with them again.


In one of Vol. 2’s five (!) post-credits scenes, Ayesha, the gold-skinned leader of a race of genetically-engineered “perfect” beings, teased the introduction of Adam Warlock. The two characters are historically intertwined in the comics, where they were created by a group of scientists. Gunn has changed their stories up a bit for the MCU, and in her post-credits scene, it’s revealed that Ayesha created Warlock herself.

But when will we see Ayesha and her immaculate male counterpart? According to Gunn, Warlock won’t be formally introduced until Vol. 3, so don’t expect to see him pop up alongside the Guardians in Avengers: Infinity War — giving you plenty of time to speculate about his casting.

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