At a time when Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was in full gear, Guardians of the Galaxy was considered a risky proposition. An alternate universe superhero team from the mid-2000s was used instead of a Marvel classic from the 1960s for inspiration.
Marvel was planning an adventure featuring the overweight man from Parks and Recreation and a professional wrestler as part of their ever-expanding world. Viewers were baffled by Benicio Del Toro's odd portrayal as the Collector in Thor: The Dark World's mid-credits scene and the movie's aesthetic was previewed.
The bet paid out in the end. An enormously popular film, Guardians of the Galaxy was released. Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War, and Thor: Love and Thunder all feature the same squad. In addition to returning to the comics, each of the movie's characters received their own spinoff series. Disney+ will air a Christmas special on the team in December, and they have two theme park rides (one of which has a Halloween overlay/sequel) now in operation.
Things like these, though, don't last indefinitely. Apparently, James Gunn's crazy space mercenary trilogy will come to an end with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. It's possible that some of the characters will appear in the MCU in other guises, but this is presumably the final chapter for Star-gang Lord's of jerks.
Release Date for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
The third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy series will be released on May 5, 2023. It was supposed to be published on May 1, 2020, but delays occurred due to James Gunn's brief dismissal from Marvel projects, his work on The Suicide Squad, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Marvels will be released on February 17, 2023, after Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (July 28, 2023).
What is the Plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3?
Unfortunately, there is little definite information regarding the general narrative of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Of course, Star-Lord and his squad would have to make an attempt to reconnect with the Gamora Variant and win her back. That's the only thing you can count on, as there will be no particular cliffhangers leading up to the crew's return in the next chapter.
This will be the Guardians' final outing. At the very least, it will be the last hurrah of THIS edition of the Guardians. James Gunn has hinted that there may be more Guardians of the Galaxy storylines in the future, but not with this cast. This film will bring Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, and the others to a close. Even Dave Bautista has stated that this will be his final appearance as Drax, considering he is entering his mid-50s and his character is perpetually nude. “Everything is going to start drooping any second now,” Bautista said.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Villain
Despite the lack of formal confirmation, all signs point to Chukwudi Iwuji, who is portraying the High Evolutionary, as the main antagonist. Several half-men, half-animals, as well as graffiti that mimics the High Evolutionary from comic books may be seen in some very recent set shots.
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The High Evolutionary, another Kirby/Lee invention, was first featured in Mighty Thor #134 in 1966. He is committed to his bold experiments that compel others into development; he is a more cosmic and armored version of Dr. Moreau. He also has connections to Adam Warlock, and given that the Sovereign is said to have evolved to their current state, it wouldn't be shocking to learn that the High Evolutionary played a role in shaping their culture.
Who Are the New Characters in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3?
Naturally, we'll see the present Guardians, without Chris Hemsworth's Thor. That includes 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, and Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket. Sean Gunn will also return, both as the motion stand-in for Rocket and as Kraglin, the Ravager crew member who is possibly a member of the Guardians (James Gunn joked that he is a member, but he doesn't get to vote on things).
Zoe Saldana will reprise her role as Gamora, or, more precisely, the Gamora Variant that debuted in Avengers: Endgame. Because Thanos murdered the original Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War, this time-displaced Gamora (who lived prior to the establishment of the Guardians) is stuck in the main MCU reality. She has little interest in the rest of the squad other than Nebula and is on her own.
Sylvester Stallone will reprise his role as Stakar Ogord, a Ravager commander who closed the last film by reconciling with the leaders of other Ravager clans. Miley Cyrus, Ving Rhames, and Michelle Yeoh made appearances, but there is no indication on whether any of them will return.
As of now, the only main character we know will be introduced in the upcoming film is Adam Warlock, who will be played by Black Mirror's Will Poulter. Ayesha has one final scheme to put things right after the Sovereign has been repeatedly humiliated by the Guardians of the Galaxy and has squandered vast resources in their search for vengeance. She has created an ultimate entity known as “Adam” who will smash the Guardians.
Adam Warlock (also known as Him) was created in the pages of Fantastic Four #66 by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. Adam, an artificially produced creature, is a hybrid between Space Jesus and David Bowie. Normally, he is regarded as THE protagonist of Marvel's cosmic material, and he spends a significant amount of time as Thanos' adversary.