Everything to know about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 is one of the most anticipated films of 2023, and it’s the final chapter of the beloved cosmic superhero saga. The film is directed by James Gunn, who also helmed the first two installments, and it features the return of the original cast, as well as some new additions. Here is everything you need to know about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, from its release date, plot, cast, characters, and comic origins.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3
Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 3.

Everything to know about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Release date

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is scheduled to be released on May 5, 2023 in the United States. The film was originally planned to be released in 2020, but it was delayed due to James Gunn’s temporary firing and rehiring by Disney, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. The film is part of Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and it will be the 32nd film in the franchise.

Plot

The plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is still largely unknown, but James Gunn has teased that it will be an “epic conclusion” to the story he started in 2014. He also said that it will be “very emotional” and “more complex” than the previous films. Some of the possible plot points that have been hinted at or confirmed are:

The film will explore Rocket’s origins and backstory, and he will have a “big role” in the film. Rocket is a genetically engineered raccoon-like creature who was experimented on by a mysterious figure known as the High Evolutionary. The High Evolutionary is rumored to be the main villain of the film, and he will be played by Mark Hamill.
The film will address Gamora’s fate after Avengers: Endgame, where she disappeared after helping defeat Thanos. Gamora is a green-skinned assassin who was raised by Thanos as his adopted daughter. She is also Peter Quill’s love interest. The film will feature two versions of Gamora: one from 2014 who traveled to the present with Thanos, and one from 2023 who was resurrected by Adam Warlock.
The film will introduce Adam Warlock, a powerful being who was created by a group of aliens called the Sovereign in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Adam Warlock is a key character in the comics, and he has a connection to the Infinity Stones and Thanos. He will be played by Will Poulter.
The film will also feature some new characters from the comics, such as Moondragon, Phyla-Vell, Nova, and Quasar. Moondragon and Phyla-Vell are both daughters of Drax, a muscular warrior who seeks revenge for his family’s death. Nova is a member of an intergalactic police force called the Nova Corps. Quasar is a cosmic superhero who wields quantum bands that grant him various abilities.

Cast

The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 includes:

Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord: The leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy, who is a half-human, half-celestial hybrid.
Zoe Saldana as Gamora: A green-skinned assassin who was raised by Thanos as his adopted daughter.
Dave Bautista as Drax: A muscular warrior who seeks revenge for his family’s death.
Vin Diesel as Groot: A sentient tree-like creature who can only say “I am Groot”.
Bradley Cooper as Rocket: A genetically engineered raccoon-like creature who is an expert marksman and pilot.
Karen Gillan as Nebula: A blue-skinned cyborg who is Gamora’s sister and Thanos’ other adopted daughter.
Pom Klementieff as Mantis: An empathic alien who can sense and manipulate emotions.
Sean Gunn as Kraglin: A former Ravager who joined the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha: The leader of the Sovereign, who created Adam Warlock.
Mark Hamill as High Evolutionary: A mad scientist who experimented on Rocket and other animals.
Will Poulter as Adam Warlock: A powerful being who was created by the Sovereign.
Olivia Colman as Moondragon: Drax’s daughter who has telepathic powers.
Jennifer Lawrence as Phyla-Vell: Drax’s other daughter who has superhuman strength and flight.
Zac Efron as Nova: A member of the Nova Corps who has energy manipulation powers.
John Cena as Quasar: A cosmic superhero who wields quantum bands.

Characters

The characters of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 are based on the Marvel Comics, which were created by various writers and artists. The Guardians of the Galaxy first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 in 1969, and they were originally a team of heroes from the 31st century who fought against an alien race called the Badoon. The team consisted of:

Major Vance Astro: A human astronaut who was sent on a mission to explore the solar system in the 20th century, but he ended up in the 31st century due to time dilation. He wore a special suit to prevent his body from aging.
Martinex: A crystalline being who was the last survivor of his race, the Pluvians, who lived on Pluto.
Charlie-27: A genetically engineered soldier who was the last survivor of his race, the Jovians, who lived on Jupiter.
Yondu: A blue-skinned archer who was the last survivor of his race, the Centaurians, who lived on Centauri IV.

The Guardians of the Galaxy were later joined by other characters from different timelines and realities, such as Starhawk, Nikki, Aleta, and Mainframe. The Guardians of the Galaxy also had various interactions with other Marvel characters, such as Captain America, Thor, Silver Surfer, and Thanos.

The Guardians of the Galaxy that appear in the MCU are based on a different version of the team that was introduced in 2008 by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. This version of the team was formed after a cosmic event called Annihilation: Conquest, where a techno-organic race called the Phalanx invaded the galaxy and enslaved many planets. The team consisted of:

Peter Quill / Star-Lord: A half-human, half-celestial hybrid who was abducted from Earth by a group of space pirates called the Ravagers.
Gamora: A green-skinned assassin who was raised by Thanos as his adopted daughter.
Drax: A muscular warrior who seeks revenge for his family’s death.
Rocket: A genetically engineered raccoon-like creature who is an expert marksman and pilot.
Groot: A sentient tree-like creature who can only say “I am Groot”.
Mantis: An empathic alien who can sense and manipulate emotions.
Adam Warlock: A powerful being who was created by a group of aliens called the Sovereign.

The Guardians of the Galaxy also had various interactions with other MCU characters, such as Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange.

Comic origins

The comic origins of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 are based on several stories and arcs from the Marvel Comics, which were written and illustrated by various creators. Some of the comic origins that have been confirmed or speculated to be adapted in the film are:

Rocket Raccoon: The origin story of Rocket Raccoon was first told in Incredible Hulk 271 in 1982, which was written by Bill Mantlo and drawn by Sal Buscema. The story revealed that Rocket Raccoon was a caretaker of an asylum planet called Halfworld, where he protected the mentally ill inhabitants from a tyrant named Judson Jakes. Rocket Raccoon also hadoe interest named Lylla, who was an otter-like creature. The story also introduced Rocket Raccoon’s archenemy, Blackjack O’Hare, who was a rabbit-like mercenary.
High Evolutionary: The origin story of High Evolutionary was first told in Thor 134 in 1966, which was written by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby. The story revealed that High Evolutionary was a human scientist named Herbert Wyndham, who experimented on animals and humans to create new life forms. High Evolutionary also created a utopian world called Counter-Earth, where he ruled as a god-like figure. High Evolutionary also had a connection to Adam Warlock, whom he gave the Soul Gem to.
Adam Warlock: The origin story of Adam Warlock was first told in Fantastic Four 66 in 1967, which was written by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby. The story revealed that Adam Warlock was an artificial being created by a group of scientists called the Enclave, who wanted to create a perfect human. Adam Warlock rebelled against his creators and escaped into space, where he encountered High Evolutionary and Thanos. Adam Warlock also had a connection to the Infinity Stones, which he used to fight against Thanos and his allies.
Moondragon: The origin story of Moondragon was first told in Daredevil 105 in 1973, which was written by Steve Gerber and drawn by Don Heck. The story revealed that Moondragon was a human girl named Heather Douglas, who survived the attack that killed her parent.

F.A.Q.

Q1. When is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 coming out?
The movie is scheduled to be released on May 5, 2023 in the United States. It is the 32nd film in the MCU and the final chapter of James Gunn’s Guardians trilogy.

Q2. Who are the main characters and cast members of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3?
The movie features the return of the original Guardians team, consisting of Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel), Nebula (Karen Gillan), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff). They are joined by Thor (Chris Hemsworth), who left with them at the end of Avengers: Endgame, and Adam Warlock (Will Poulter), a powerful being created by the Sovereign. The movie also introduces new villains, such as the High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji), a mad scientist who experimented on Rocket, and Master Karja (Nathan Fillion), a corrupt leader of a religious cult.

Q3. What is the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3?
The movie follows the Guardians as they search for Gamora, who disappeared after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Along the way, they encounter the High Evolutionary, who reveals Rocket’s tragic origin and plans to use him for his nefarious schemes. The Guardians also face off against Master Karja, who worships Adam Warlock as a god and wants to unleash his destructive power on the galaxy. The movie explores the themes of family, identity, and redemption, as well as wrapping up the arcs of the main characters.

Q4. How does Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 connect to the rest of the MCU?
The movie is set after the events of Thor: Love and Thunder and the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, which were released in 2022. The movie also references other MCU films and shows, such as Eternals, Loki, and What If…?. The movie sets up future MCU projects, such as Nova, The Marvels, and Fantastic Four.

Q5. What are some Easter eggs and references in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3?
The movie is full of Easter eggs and references to Marvel comics, pop culture, and James Gunn’s previous works. Some examples are:

The movie features several cameo appearances by famous actors and celebrities, such as Sylvester Stallone, Michelle Yeoh, Jeff Goldblum, Taika Waititi, Kevin Bacon, David Hasselhoff, and Stan Lee’s daughter J.C. Lee.

The movie pays homage to various sci-fi and fantasy films and franchises, such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Dune, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Blade Runner, and Alien.

The movie includes several nods to James Gunn’s earlier films, such as Slither, Super, and The Suicide Squad.

The movie features several obscure and obscure Marvel characters and concepts, such as Lylla (Rocket’s love interest), Counter-Earth (the High Evolutionary’s artificial planet), Cosmo (the telepathic dog), Beta Ray Bill (the horse-faced alien warrior), and Howard the Duck (the anthropomorphic duck).

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