It's now been well over a week since it was announced that James Gunn was being let go from Disney and would not direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. There's probably no director more intimately connected to their material in the Marvel Cinematic Universe than James Gunn is to the Guardians of the Galaxy, so if the third film in the series is happening, just who the hell do you get to take it over?
There's no easy answer to this question, but we're going to ask it and see if we can't come up with a few options that might make sense under the circumstances.
Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is at the top of many fans' lists of potential replacements and there's good reason for that. He's already had success directing within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so he knows the score and how to work with Marvel Studios. He's got a sense of humor that helped refresh the Thor franchise and would be necessary handling Guardians of the Galaxy. And he's also able to balance that humor with a deep and affecting story, something Guardians Vol 3 will need if it has hope of successfully following up on Vol. 2. With the future of the Thor franchise unclear going into Phase Four of the MCU, Waititi is certainly not a bad choice.
Phil Lord And Christopher Miller
One of the things that makes the Guardians of the Galaxy movies so good is the way James Gunn took this licensed comic book property, infused it with 70s pop music, and somehow was still able to tell a real story about the emotional journey of a group of abused and neglected people that truly meant something. In a similar fashion, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller took a movie about a bunch of interconnected bricks and somehow wrapped it all around a story with a surprisingly emotional core. The LEGO Movie was both a silly and heartfelt balancing act that will likely be necessary here as well. Lord and Miller may not have been the right choice for Lucasfilm, but that doesn't mean they're not the right choice for Marvel Studios.