Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the next film from the intergalactic team in Marvel's Cinematic Universe, hits theaters next year, specifically on May 5, 2023.

The film will debut exactly six years after the release of the second film, an unusual wait time for Marvel Studios films.

Much of this delay comes from the fact that director James Gunn was fired from the film and then only rehired after he had already signed a commitment with Warner/DC.

Despite introducing new characters such as Adam Warlock (Will Poulter) and the High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji), director James Gunn has confirmed

a few times that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be his last film at the helm of the team, as well as the last with the current line-up.

And in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the director stated that the new film will be longer in length than the previous two chapters of the franchise:

"This is a much bigger movie than the other two movies, and it's a much more emotional movie than the other two

movies... and it's also a longer movie than the other two movies. Until then the longest film was Guardians of the

Galaxy Vol. 2, with 2 hours and 17 minutes. So we can already have a basis

of what the length of the next film will be, confirmed in advance that it will be longer.