The Guardians of the Galaxy are getting ready for one last adventure. The MCU’s wackiest heroes return for the third and final film in the sub-franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is also James Gunn’s last ride with Marvel. The newly-appointed co-CEO of DC Studios wrote and directed the upcoming threequel, which just debuted a new trailer ahead of the Super Bowl. The film will premiere in theaters on May 5.
The entire cast is back, including Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Starlord, Dave Bautista as Drax, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Vin Diesel as Groot, Sean Gunn as Kraglin and on-set Rocket, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Pom Klementieff Mantis, and obviously, Zoe Saldaña as Gamora.
They are also joined by Volume 2’s Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha and Sylvester Stallone as Stakar Ogord, who may have a slightly larger presence in this film, according to rumors, and by newcomers Maria Bakalova (who did already voice Cosmo during Disney Plus’ The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special), Chukwudi Iwuji as The High Evolutionary, the main antagonist of the film, Will Poulter as Adam Warlock, and Daniela Melchior in an unknown role (interestingly, she’s not listed in the credits of the poster below).
Check out the new trailer here:
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Superbowl Trailer
From Marvel, here is the official synopsis for the film:
In Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” our beloved band of misfits are settling into life on Knowhere. But it isn’t long before their lives are upended by the echoes of Rocket’s turbulent past. Peter Quill, still reeling from the loss of Gamora, must rally his team around him on a dangerous mission to save Rocket’s life—a mission that, if not completed successfully, could quite possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.
A Quick History Of The Making of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 might be one of the projects with the most baggage behind it that Marvel has ever done. The script for the film was completed all the way back in the summer of 2018, when James Gunn was fired by then-head of the Disney film division Alan Horn. At the time, the studio was looking at a 2019 shoot for a release in 2020, which obviously didn’t happen.
Gunn left Marvel and, after getting job offers from every major studio in town, he decided to direct The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros., a gig that then led to HBO Max’s Peacemaker and ultimately to being hired by David Zaslav to run DC Studios along with Peter Safran.
Disney later listened to the massive online and internal pushback that followed after Gunn’s firing, which included a signed letter from all cast members of the Guardians of the Galaxy vouching for his integrity and infectious personality, and reinstated Gunn as writer-director of the threequel. By that time, he was already busy working for the other team, so the Guardians had to wait. Production on the film finally kicked off in the fall of 2021, after The Suicide Squad premiered in theaters and Peacemaker was deep into post-production.
From the very beginning, Marvel and the entire team have been teasing that this will be the last adventure with these characters, though they’ve refused to say if any of them will move on to other stories. The marketing so far has told us to expect some death scenes, and we know that at least Dave Bautista is done with Drax, even saying in an interview that “it’s a silly performance, and I want to do more dramatic stuff.”
Because the script was done way before the wheels of the Multiverse Saga were put into serious motion, and because of Marvel’s insistence that this is these characters’ last hurrah, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will probably go down as the most disconnected project from the overarching story. Kang will definitely not be popping by on this one, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the film will be completely isolated from the rest of the franchise going forward.
We know that it will introduce Adam Warlock, played by Will Poulter, and from what we’ve seen in the trailer, it seems like he might be shorthanded from everything that the movie is juggling. But Kevin Feige would probably not want to let such a massive character in the comics, played by one of the most promising young actors in Hollywood, go to waste. Much like he had a pivotal role in the comics’ Infinity War storyline, he could potentially have a major role to play in the Avengers’ fight against Kang. But we’re getting way ahead of ourselves here.
Check out the new poster for the film!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 flies into theaters on May 5th, 2023. What did you think of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 trailer? Are you looking forward to the movie, or are you disappointed that it may not play as much into the Multiverse Saga as Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania? What are your thoughts so far on Chukwudi Iwuji as The High Evolutionary, who is looking scarier in every trailer from the movie? Let us know on our social media, and stay tuned for more on Marvel’s upcoming projects coming soon!