Now that the Guardians of the Galaxy have shipped off for their own adventures without Thor, here's everything you need lớn know about the third và final installment of the James Gunn Marvel franchise!

By Gavin Jasper | July 8, 2022 | | Comments count:0

In 2014, when the Marvel Cinematic Universe was proving itself to be a huge success of a project & Phase 2 was in full swing, Guardians of the Galaxy was seen as a big gamble. Instead of adapting a Marvel mainstay from the 1960s, they were making a movie based on a space-based superhero team that existed briefly in the mid-00s. Marvel was going to lớn be expanding their universe with an adventure starring the chubby guy from Parks và Recreation & a professional wrestler. The movie’s style was previewed in a mid-credits scene in Thor: The Dark World and it had viewers scratching their heads at Benicio Del Toro’s bizarre performance as the Collector.

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The gamble paid off. Guardians of the Galaxy became a gigantic hit. It received a sequel in 2017, & the team became major players in Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Thor: Love và Thunder. Not only did they also return in the comics, but each member from the movie got their own solo series spinoff. The team starred in various đoạn phim games based on their movie depictions, will have a Christmas special on Disney+ in December, và currently have two Disney theme park rides (one of which comes with a Halloween overlay/sequel).

Unfortunately, such things can’t last forever. James Gunn will be finishing his wacky space mercenary trilogy with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 & that will apparently close the book on the franchise. Maybe some of the characters will live on in some form in the MCU và make a cameo here and there, but this is supposedly going to lớn be the final chapter for Star-Lord’s team of a-holes.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Cast

Naturally, we’ll be getting the current iteration of the Guardians, though without Chris Hemsworth’s Thor. That means Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Dave Bautista as Drax, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, & Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket. Sean Gunn will also return, both as the motion stand-in for Rocket & also as Kraglin, the Ravager crew member who is arguably a thành viên of the Guardians (James Gunn joked that he is a member, but he doesn’t get khổng lồ vote on things).

Zoe Saldana will return as Gamora, or, more specifically, the Gamora Variant introduced in Avengers: Endgame. As the original version of the character was killed in Avengers: Infinity War by Thanos, this time-displaced Gamora (who existed just prior to the Guardians’ formation) is stranded in the main MCU timeline. Other than a connection lớn Nebula, she has no interest in the rest of the team & is off on her own.

Sylvester Stallone will return as Stakar Ogord, a Ravager leader who ended the last movie by reuniting with the leaders from other Ravager factions. The cameos included Miley Cyrus, Ving Rhames, and Michelle Yeoh, but there is no word on if any of them will be returning.

Speaking of cliffhangers from the last movie’s mid-credits, Elizabeth Debicki will return as Sovereign queen Ayesha. That leads khổng lồ our next entry.

New Characters in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

As it stands right now, the one major character we know to lớn be newly introduced in the new film is Adam Warlock, played by đen Mirror star Will Poulter. As the Sovereign were repeatedly humiliated by the Guardians of the Galaxy & wasted untold resources in their quest for revenge, Ayesha has one last plan to make things right. She has created an ultimate being who will crush the Guardians, referring lớn him as “Adam.”

In the comics, Adam Warlock (otherwise known as Him) was a creation of Jack Kirby & Stan Lee in the pages of Fantastic Four #66. An artificially-created being, Adam is something of a cross between Space Jesus and David Bowie. Normally, he’s treated as being THE protagonist of Marvel’s cosmic stuff & spends a lot of time as Thanos’ frenemy.

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Borat 2 breakout Maria Bakalova also has a mysterious role in the film, as has Gunn’s The Suicide Squad star Daniela Melchior, who played Ratcatcher 2.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Villain

While there is no official confirmation, arrows point khổng lồ the big villain as being Chukwudi Iwuji playing the role of the High Evolutionary. Some fairly recent set photos show various half-man/half-animals, as well as graffiti that resembles the High Evolutionary from the comics.

Another Kirby/Lee creation, the High Evolutionary was introduced in Mighty Thor #134 back in 1966. He is a more cosmic và armored take on Dr. Moreau, dedicated khổng lồ his radical experiments that force evolution onto others. He also has ties khổng lồ Adam Warlock and considering how the Sovereign are supposed khổng lồ be perfected by evolution, it wouldn’t be surprising to lớn find out that the High Evolutionary had a hand in their society.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Story

Unfortunately, there’s little to go on when it comes lớn concrete details on the overall plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Of course, there would have to be some attempt for Star-Lord & his team khổng lồ reconnect with the Gamora Variant and win her over all over again. That’s the one thing you can bet on as there will not be any special cliffhangers building towards the crew returning in yet another installment.

This will be the Guardians’ last hurrah. At least, it will be THIS incarnation of the Guardians’ last hurrah. James Gunn has suggested that there could very well be more Guardians of the Galaxy stories, but it will not be with this roster. Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, & the rest will get their narrative closure in this movie. Even Dave Bautista has gone on record lớn state that this will be the last time we get lớn see him in the role of Drax as he’s approaching his mid-50s and his character is constantly shirtless. “I’m expecting everything khổng lồ start sagging any second now,” Bautista joked.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Release Date

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be released on May 5, 2023. Initially, it was set khổng lồ be released on May 1, 2020, but between the temporary firing of James Gunn from Marvel projects, him being busy working on The Suicide Squad, và the whole COVID-19 pandemic, lots of delays kicked in.

The movie will be preceded by Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (February 17, 2023) & followed by The Marvels (July 28, 2023).

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Trailer

Chances are, we should be getting some kind of trailer or teaser for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 when Marvel returns khổng lồ San Diego Comic nhỏ somewhere between Thursday July 21 & Sunday July 24. If not that, we’d expect something by the D23 Expo on Friday, September 9 at the latest.