Guardians of the Galaxy 3 has had a bumpier road towards the big screen than thought, but Marvel fans can stay assured that it’s still coming and use to have a release date.
Sure, the release date isn’t until May 2023, but with all of the behind-the-scenes turmoil surrounding writer/director James Gunn’s dismissal and rehiring, it’s at least confirmed to be part of Phase 4 of the MCU.
Gunn has already been promoting the arrival of the threequel, claiming that it would be “massive” in terms of the planets that will be shown, as well as confirming that the soundtrack and script are complete. Everything is in the set for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 to bring the trilogy to a thrilling finish, so here’s everything you need to know.
Release Date Of Guardians Of The Galaxy 3
Marvel has now announced that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 will be released on May 5, 2023, so you can start counting down the days.
Both Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista have stated that production in Atlanta would begin in November and last around six months. According to Gunn, the production will also involve filming for the forthcoming Holiday Special.
Between Thor: Love and Thunder, which will feature all of the Guardians, and the third film, the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will broadcast on Disney in December 2022.
Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 Cast
According to the leaks DigitalSpy, from Chris Pratt reprises his role as Star-Lord, Karen Gillan reprises her role as Nebula, Dave Bautista reprises his role as Drax, Vin Diesel reprises his role as Groot, Bradley Cooper reprises his role as Rocket, and Pom Klementieff reprises his role as Mantis. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Zoe Saldana will reprise her role as Gamora.
Gamora was assumed to have been executed off in Avengers: Infinity War. Nonetheless, Endgame exposed a Gamora coming from a previous timeline in the year of 2014, who was sent to 2023 and vanished after Tony Stark saved the day. Saldana has shown interest in “exploring a terrible Gamora” in the third Guardians film, and you’d be all for it.
Because Gunn has indicated that Guardians 3 takes place after the upcoming Thor film, a Thor crossover may be ruled out.
Sean Gunn is expected to reprise his role as Kraglin, Yondu’s former Ravager buddy, while Elizabeth Debicki is expected to reprise her role as Ayesha. Even if she only scooches on for a second, she’d enjoy it. She’s implying that she’d want to return.
Gunn also wants Stakar (Sylvester Stallone), along with his fellow Mainframe (voiced by Miley Cyrus), Ravagers Aleta Ogord (Michelle Yeoh), Charlie-27 (Ving Rhames), and Martinex (Michael Rosenbaum), to return at some time in the MCU’s future.
Michael Rooker as Yondu, who sacrificed himself to save Star-Lord in the second film, will be absent from the film (except in flashbacks).
As previously stated, Yondu is dead and will remain dead as long as the Guardians are engaged, Gunn tweeted. People’s feelings over his death are strong, and they are not about to be reduced.
In terms of fresh faces, Gunn said during The Suicide Squad Twitter watch party that screentests would begin in August 2021, implying that more cast members will be confirmed soon (via CBR).
Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 Plot
For the time being, narrative specifics for the third film are being kept under wraps, but Gunn has vowed that it would be the “epic finale” to the story he began with Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014.
The film will mark the end of the present incarnation of the team on screen, with Bautista ruling out a return as Drax in the future. He means that, in terms of his responsibilities, he has Guardians 3, which will most likely be the end of Drax, he told Digital Spy.
In future parts, Bautista stated that another actor might portray Drax, but for Gunn, Bautista happens to be Drax, and no one else can be.
Following Endgame, it appears that the third film will focus on the quest for Gamora, who vanished after the great battle with Thanos.
Gunn has stated that if he didn’t get to make the third film, he would be devastated at not being able to complete Rocket’s story. So anticipate more from Rocket in the third film, maybe even his entire background.
He’s also teased that the third film is “very substantial in terms of content,” adding, “It’s a deeper tale, so it’s an emotional journey to go through.”
Karen Gillan backed up this claim by saying she cried “whole tears” while reading the screenplay with Pom Klementieff. She said, “It’s amazing, dramatic, humorous, and all of the qualities you want in a movie.”
Let’s hope the tears aren’t caused by the impending deaths of some of our favorite Guardians.
Returning to Ayesha, you may recall that one of the five mid-credits sequences for Vol 2 had the villain looking at a cocoon that she said held “Adam.”
Adam in question is Adam Warlock, a long-running Marvel cosmic hero with ties to Ayesha (she is his female counterpart in the comics). Gunn said that he was supposed to appear in Guardians 2 but would instead appear in a later film.