Guardians of the Galaxy 3: Key information
May Releases in Theaters Worldwide
– First trailer released October 2022
– Chris Pratt (Zoe Saldana) and Dave Bautista are among the cast members who have returned
– Will Poulter and ChukwudiIwuji are among the newcomers
– Picks up after The Guardians Holiday Special
– Make promises to be very emotional
– This could be the last time the Guardians line up in the MCU
– Fourth Guardians movie hasn’t been greenlit
Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is the last time Marvel’s lovable group of ragtag superhero adventurers will team up on the big screen.
In its current form anyway. With director James Gunn already co-leading DC’s Cinematic Universe (DCU) into its new era, and some actors set to call time on their Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) careers, Guardians 3 will call time on the group’s current line-up.
We have one more Guardians movie left to watch. What do we know about them? Marvel Phase 5 movie? Below, we’ve compiled everything worth knowing about Guardians of the Galaxy 3. That includes its release date, first teaser, cast, plot details, the movie franchise’s future, and more.
Guardians of the Galaxy 3 release date
Guardians of the Galaxy 3 opens in theaters around the world on May 5, 2023.
It was originally scheduled for May 2020. However, it was delayed by two years to accommodate other MCU projects. Thankfully, Guardians 3’s release date wasn’t pushed back again when production problems on Marvel’s Blade film reboot led to the studio tweaking its Phase 5 and 6 line-up schedules.
Trailer for Guardians of theGalaxy 3
Guardians of the Galaxy 3’s first teaser dropped online in December 2022.
The trailer teases a lot more about the film’s story and characters than we expected it to. It shows us a six-armed, gun toting Groot, the live-action debut of Adam Warlock, and a baby version of Rocket. That’s only the tip of the iceberg – but, rather than spill all of its secrets out here, we’ll let you watch the trailer to find out more.
It’ll be a while before another teaser is released. Marvel releases official trailers approximately a month before a film is released in cinemas. This was the case for Ant-Man and the Wasp: QuantumaniaIt was awarded its second and final trailer on January 9(Quantumania arrives February 17). In short: don’t expect a new Guardians 3 teaser until late March at the very earliest.
Guardians of the Galaxy 3 cast
Here’s Guardians of the Galaxy 3’s cast list so far:
- Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill/Star Lord
- Zoe Saldaña as Gamora
- Dave Bautista is Drax
- Karen Gillan as Nebula
- Pom Klementieff as Mantis
- Bradley Cooper is the Rocket Raccoon
- Vin Diesel as Groot
- Sean Gunn as Kraglin
- Will Poulter be Adam Warlock?
- Chuwudi Iwuji, The High Evolutionary
- Cosmo the Spacedog with Maria Bakalova
- Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha
- Sylvester Stallone as Stakar Obord
- Michael Rosenbaum as Martinex
- TBA Daniela Mechior
- Nico Santos as TBA
Pratt, Saldaña, Bautista, Gillan, Klementieff, Cooper, Diesel, and Gunn all reprise their roles from previous Guardians movies. BakalovaBodies Bodies Bodies, Borat 2) also returns as Cosmo, the telekinetic spacedog that made its MCU debut in the Guardians’ Holiday Special. In the meantime, Debicki, Stallone and Rosenbaum are back in the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 supporting roles.
Of the newcomers, Poulter’s Adam Warlock is perhaps the most significant. The powerful superhero, who director James Gunn describes as “more of a traditional superhero – although hero might be pushing it” (via Entertainment Weekly(opens new tab) (EW)) – was teased in one of Guardians 2’s post-credits scenes, but he’ll make his official debut in Guardians 3.
For the uninitiated: Adam Warlock is a perfect human specimen created by scientists called the Enclave. After he rebels against his creators (and throws down with Thor), Warlock – simply referred to as “Him” in his early comic book appearances – encounters The High Evolutionary, who gives him the title “Warlock”. Adam helps The High Evolutionary save his artificially created planet – Counter-Earth – from the evil Man-Beast and receives the Soul Gem (where have we heard that name before, eh?) before departing.
Adam Warlock’s comics history becomes somewhat complicated after that. For one, he helps the Avengers defeat Thanos, but he also has an evil version – Magus – who’s born after Warlock temporarily wields the Infinity Gauntlet. Given his ties to The High Evolutionary – more on him shortly – and how his origins have been retrofitted for the MCU (he’s created by Debicki’s Sovereign leader Ayesha in Guardians 2, not the Enclave), we suspect some parts of his comic history will be used in Guardians 3.
Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 arrives in theaters May 5, 2023. #GotGVol3 pic.twitter.com/oESF8MTKGYDecember 1, 2022
As for The High Evolutionary, he’s a genius-level geneticist who creates highly-evolved, anthropomorphic creatures and artificial worlds. As mentioned, he created the planet Counter-Earth, which we see in Guardians 3’s first teaser. He’s the individual who experimented on Rocket (in the MCU, anyway), turning him from an ordinary raccoon into a bitter, cynical, gun-loving humanoid animal. Expect to see Rocket’s origins in a flashback sequence.
Even though he’s worked alongside superheroes, such as Adam Warlock and Thor, in the comics, The High Evolutionary isn’t a good guy. He uses them as a means to an end – i.e. to protect his research and self-indulgent experiments – which makes him more of a villain. Chukwudi Iwuji, who’ll play The High Evolutionary, has described him as “sociopathic” and “narcissistic” (per Collider(opens new tab)), and “extremely powerful” and “complex” (per The Hollywood Reporter(opens new tab) (THR)). Unsurprisingly, he’s the main antagonist in Guardians of the Galaxy 3.
Here are some potential cast spoilers.
Two roles have yet to be revealed for two actors. Daniela Melchior (The Suicide Squad) has signed on to feature (per Deadline(opens new tab)), and MCU insiders have suggested she’ll voice Lylla, an anthropomorphic otter who Rocket falls in love with in the comics. We see Lylla in the movie’s first teaser, so she’ll appear in Rocket’s flashback scenes. Don’t be surprised if she ends up dying, too, which would explain why Rocket is so misanthropic when we met him in Guardians 1.
Nico Santos, Superstore, Crazy Rich Asians), is also part (per). Deadline(opens new tab)), but nobody knows what role he’ll play. Once we know more, we’ll update this section.
Guardians of the Galaxy plot 3
Here’s the official plot synopsis: “In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is a different story. Our beloved band of misfits looks a little different. Peter Quill, still grieving the loss of Gamora must rally his team to defend the universe and protect one of their own. If not accomplished successfully, this mission could lead to the end for the Guardians as we know.
Not much to go on, then, but we have some idea of the plot, based on the Guardians’ MCU outings, the film’s teaser, and what the cast and crew have said.
First, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is going to be incredibly moving. Talking to Collider(opens new tab), Gunn said “it’s different from what people are going to expect”. In a chat with EW(opens new tab), Gunn also said it’s the “hardest thing I’ve ever done”, adding: “This is where things really happen. This is where we find out the truth about these characters and face the greatest stakes.
Bigger stakes mean a more emotional journey for these characters – and the actors playing them. Saldaña told ScreenRant(opens new tab) that Guardians 3 is a “bittersweet moment” for everyone involved, while Gillan revealed the film’s script left the cast in “floods of tears” (per Yahoo(opens new tab)).
Thankfully, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 won’t be an entirely somber affair. The third installment retains the self-deprecating humor which made the films so enjoyable. Gillan tells it. The Wrap(opens new tab): “There’s been way more improv for me this time around than I have ever given before. I don’t know if they’ll make the cut but I hope they do.”
Music lovers will be delighted to hear Gunn has put together another banging, licensed soundtrack for the Guardians’ potentially final hurrah. With Peter Quill gaining access to a Zune MP3 player at the end of Guardians 2, Gunn had free reign to add any number of songs to the film’s soundtrack, telling EW: “I worked twice as hard on this soundtrack as I did on both the first two soundtracks combined.”
So where are the Guardians when the movie starts? (Potential story spoilers will follow).
Zoe Saldaña dances her way on stage to introduce Brazil Comic Con to the brand new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3! #GotGV3 #CCXP2022 pic.twitter.com/t9nq7E95VcDecember 1, 2022
For starters, they’ve set up a safe haven for alien refugees on Knowhere, which was revealed in the Guardians’ Holiday Special. After their split with Thor in Love and Thunder and Thor in Thunder and Thunder, the group purchased Knowhere directly from the Collector. Cosmo joined the team during the interim.
Quill/Star Lord is still grieving Gamora his former love who was sacrificed to Thanos in Infinity War for the Soul Stone. However, thanks to Endgame’s time-travel-based events, a younger version of Gamora – an alternate timeline variant of the one Saldaña previously portrayed – is loose in the MCU, and Peter wants to track her down.
We see him searching for her on the Milano’s computer at the end of Endgame and, as we’ve seen in the trailer and first-look images, the pair do cross paths in Guardians 3. Gamora will be reintroduced as the Ravagers’ new leader (per THR(opens new tab)), which explains why Stallone’s Stakar and Rosenbaum’s Martinex are back. Expect romance to fly between Peter and Gamora.
Rocket Raccoon is the storyline hint for “protecting one’s own”. MCU fans may think that Rocket is being sought out by The High Evolutionary. The Guardians will be protecting him.
We believe that Rocket needs to be protected from the Sovereign/Adam Warlock. Viewers will remember Rocket (and the Guardians by proxy) double-crossed the Sovereign in Guardians 2’s opening sequence. By the time that movie ended, the Guardians had escaped the Sovereign’s clutches, leading Ayesha to create Warlock to exact revenge on them.
Or so we thought. It seems the Sovereign enlisted The High Evolutionary’s help to create Adam Warlock, with the aim of sending him after Rocket and the Guardians. We suspect Warlock will attack Knowhere, but he’ll be unsuccessful in his attempts to kill anyone. That’ll lead Peter and company to track down The High Evolutionary – which is why they travel to Counter-Earth – to discover more about Warlock and stop him, Ayesha, and The High Evolutionary from killing them or, in The High Evolutionary’s case, enacting some form of diabolical masterplan. Gunn has suggested Rocket is the “secret protagonist” of the Guardians franchise and that the third movie shows the “importance of Rocket’s character and who he is” (per EW(opens new tab)). Rocket is expected to play a major role during Phase 5.
Lastly, the big question on fans’ minds is: which Guardian could die? Rumours abound suggesting that Drax and Rocket are most likely to die, but MCU leaker Grace Randolph(opens new tab) has claimed multiple death scenes were filmed to – ironically – stop the movie’s ending from being leaked. You should just wait to see Guardians of the Galaxy 3.
Guardians of the Galaxy 3: Will there be another movie?
Probably, but some individuals won’t remain part of the line-up after the threequel.
For starters, Gunn isn’t helming any more MCU projects. He was confirmed as the new co-head of DC Studios alongside Peter Safran in October 2022, with the duo tasked with reviving Warner Bros. Discovery’s flagging DCU.
Dave Bautista also spoke in the interim GQ(opens new tab)Guardians of the Galaxy 3 marks his last appearance as Drax. confirming what we heard back in 2021. “I’m so grateful for Drax. Bautista stated that he loves him. “But there’s a relief [that it’s over]. It wasn’t all pleasant. It was hard to play this role. I was suffering from the makeup process. And I just don’t know if I want Drax to be my legacy – it’s a silly performance, and I want to do more dramatic stuff.”
It’s unclear which other main players will depart. Much will depend on how Guardians 3 ends, but it’s possible Rocket could leave for pastures new. That’s if he doesn’t die by sacrificing himselfto save The Guardians and defeat the High Evolutionary. Meanwhile, if the 2014 version of Gamora doesn’t join the Guardians, Saldaña might call time on her MCU career, too.
We’d expect the Guardians to exist in some form moving forward. Klementieff said to the D23 podcast(opens new tab) that the franchise isn’t “over, but it’s going to be different”, while Pratt told Extra TV(opens new tab) he doesn’t know if he’ll have an MCU future post-Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Talking to Deadline, Gunn added: “It’s not ever going to be the same group of characters for a lot of different reasons. It is impossible to predict what the Guardians franchise will do with future characters. However, this is the end for this group of characters.
Adam Warlock has led the group in the comics so, if Pratt hangs up Star-Lord’s twin pistols and helmet (or if Star-Lord dies), Warlock could lead the likes of Mantis, Groot, and Nebula in a new-look team. Poulter for his part would love to “go on a trip” as Adam Warlock. The Playlist(opens new tab)). We’ll have to see what the future holds for the Guardians, but we’d be amazed if they aren’t part of the next two Avengers movies – The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars – at least.
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