Guardians of the Galaxy 3: Release Date, Cast, Plot – What We Know About the Marvel Sequel


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is one of Marvel’s most anticipated sequels. Here, we try and answer the burning questions we all have about the upcoming James Gunn directed entry in the franchise.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, another space adventure, is being directed by James Gunn. The next entry in the series was a little delayed because some naughty tweets resurfaced from Gunn himself which lead to his firing… and eventual rehiring (one of the reasons that the third installment was delayed in filming, besides that whole pandemic thing). But he finally got the ball rolling and is back in the driver’s seat. With Gunn directing Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, it only seems right to have him return to direct the third installment of the space dwellers’ adventures. Gunn has made it clear, though, that he has no interest in filming a fourth installment. For those that can’t wait, here are a few things we know so far about the next chapter, Guardians of the Galaxy 3}.

Another reason for the long delay until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 hits theaters stems from director James Gunn also directing The Suicide Squad reboot, from Marvel competitor DC, a project he signed on to while on hiatus from the Guardians franchise.

Dave Bautista has stated that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is likely to be Drax’s final adventure played by Bautista. He stated in an interview recently that he is getting a little older now and is ready to hand the mantle down to the next person. Hopefully, when I’m Bautista’s age, I will be throwing down some moves the way he is. Make sure to check Bautista heading into the quarantine zone trying to pull of the “deadliest” money heist in Las Vegas surrounded by the undead in Army of the Dead coming to Netflix this May.

Rocket Raccoon should be getting a good amount of screen time the third time around as we will hopefully be seeing the origin story of how he became the trash panda (thank you, Thor!) we know and love today. Would we potentially see the start of the romance with the sapient otter Lady Lylla? There has been some speculation that Lylla might be voiced by Lady Gaga, who has already shown her on-screen chemistry with Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born. We’ve also got a good source of information that Rocket will be on the search for his creator, who is speculated to be THE HIGH EVOLUTIONARY but is yet unclear as to what his intentions will be in that regard.

Combined with previous teases that there may be a major character death in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and a shakeup of the team, could Rocket be the ultimate victim? Might he emerge as the leader of the Guardians? Fans will have to wait to find out.

We’re definitely counting on Thor to appear in the 3rd chapter. As we saw at the end of Avengers: Endgame, Thor was headed into outer-space with Star Lord and the others, calling the group the Asgardians of the Galaxy. We can only imagine what struggles Quill will have trying to be the top-dog of the Guardians, because the team had quickly taken a shining to Thor. We have already seen various behind-the-scenes photos of the Guardians in the latest Thor: Love and Thunder news that has tipped that we’ll see Jane take the mantle of Lady Thor.

There are strong indications that the Vol. 3 story will center on the search for Gamora, with Quill trying to find her on the computer system scanning life forms with no matches to the daughter of Thanos. Will Nebula’s newfound good streak help or hinder the search? This little nit, alone, could lead to a much larger story arc for the second daughter of Thanos. With the Multiverse now well underway, how will this affect time with Gamora from the past being set free in the present timeline? Will past-Gamora be trying to find a way back to her original timeline? Another question that fans would love to see answered is whether past-Gamora will finally know that her father, the Titan Eternal, actually threw her off the cliff to achieve his goals of obtaining the Soul Stone.

We’ve been told that the movie is set to be released on the May 5, 2023, so we still have a little while to go before Quill’s cassette player is back, along with the nostalgia of his favorite ’70’s music. There have been cryptic hints at what the future holds for the Guardians of the Galaxy over the last few years in terms of Gunn’s replies to interview questions and social media Q&A sessions. One thing seems certain: whatever version of the team continues on after Vol. 3 will be very different from the team that was introduced in the 2014 original. I feel just slightly heartbroken to think that any one of the team will not be continuing the adventures together. Based on the rumors circulating across the web, my bet is that the fluffy little raccoon will be the first character to take the next role as the leader of the Guardians.

Will the Ravagers finally get their true time to shine the third time around? With Kraglin set to return, this would seem to finally be his opportunity. But with Gunn looking out for his little brother, Sean Gunn, the possibilities are endless for what could happen in this character’s story arc.

Adam Warlock is also set to make an appearance, so could this be a great tie-in with THE MARVELS? Could there be more space adventure crossovers? With Warlock being teased in a post-credit scene from the second film, where we saw Queen Ayesha declare she had created the ultimate weapon to destroy the Guardians, I have a feeling this won’t go to well. In the comics he becomes a key member of the Guardians team. His same cocoon was spotted in the collector’s museum which was an accident as Gunn was just filling the hall out with props and he didn’t realize that fans would spot it and put the two together. With so many Easter eggs in almost every Marvel film and tv show, it’s hardly a surprise that this film wouldn’t be any different. Gunn loves seeing our imaginations go into overdrive at every turn and marvels at how much we fans actually spot and know about the history of these characters.

He is one of the strongest Marvel characters, hosting a range of various powers. He’s a big deal in the ‘cosmic’ part of the Marvel Universe, where he’s both a good and bad guy. His dark side is called Magus, which gets dangerous if and when he gets ahold of the Soul Stone – one of the Infinity Stones that Thanos is after in Avengers: Infinity War

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