Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has been put on hold.

The movie – which was due to start shooting at the beginning of 2019 – has stalled, following the dismissal of writer/director, James Gunn. According to The Hollywood Reporter, members of the crew have been dismissed and told they are now free to look for alternative work.

The news is frustrating, but not unsurprising – since Gunn was fired from the project it was only really a matter of time before the film’s production schedule was impacted. There were rumours that another director would take over – and that might still happen – but for now it looks like the Guardians are grounded.

So, what will happen with the Guardians of the Galaxy now?

It’s unclear, but it’s unlikely the characters themselves will be away from screens for long, especially since (some of) the team made it to Earth during the events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018). It’s even possible that Disney/Marvel will simply integrate the characters into other Marvel movies until such time as Vol. 3 can get back on track.

Will putting this movie on hold cause problems for the MCU? No, it shouldn’t do.

Cast your mind back to the early days of the MCU and you might recall that Ant-Man was due to appear much, much earlier in the Marvel timeline. The first Ant-Man movie was delayed when Marvel and director Edgar Wright couldn’t see eye-to-eye over the project but that didn’t cause too many problems and it was simply reshuffled and handed to director Peyton Reed instead.

For now, we must wait and see what happens.