Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn reveals Yondu will stay dead in future films.
Gunn has addressed whether Yondu may come back for future installments featuring the characters of Guardians of the Galaxy. Per Comicbook, Gunn took to Instagram to answer some fan questions. When one fan inquired about whether Gunn might “bring Yondu back,” Gunn responded, “Not to life no.” He went on to elaborate, “If a character dies in my films they will likely stay dead. I think stakes are important.” Though Gunn’s answer says definitively that Yondu won’t return from the dead, it doesn’t rule out an appearance in some other capacity in future Guardians of the Galaxy or other MCU films.
The friendship between Gunn and Rooker has been well-documented, with the director previously saying he wasn’t even sure if he wanted to do another Guardians film if the actor couldn’t be a part of the project. “Michael Rooker, for all the crap I give him, is one of my closest friends in the world and the last thing I wanted to do was to make a movie without Michael Rooker in the future,” Gunn said during a Facebook Live Q&A in 2017. “I almost didn’t do Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 because there was no Michael Rooker in it and I couldn’t see making the movie without him. He means that much to me and I love him that much.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has yet to set a release date.