Fans have been eagerly awaiting the next entry in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise for a couple of years now after the team became one of the surprise hits of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Guardians of the Galaxy’s success led to their pivotal role during the Infinity Saga that culminated in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
After a bit of controversy and delays, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is currently in production, though fans haven’t heard too many details about the highly-anticipated film.
10 James Gunn Will Return One Last Time To Write & Direct Vol. 3
Gunn was originally removed from the upcoming continuation of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise after some problematic old tweets were uncovered. However, James Gunn was later invited back to finish the trilogy he started.
The writer/director has teased a few updates about Vol. 3 over the last couple of years. These. updates haven’t revealed too much about the movie, but the anticipation began to build even more when Gunn announced that Vol. 3 would be his final movie with the Guardians.
9 The Entire Main Cast Will Be Returning For The Third Movie
Fans haven’t received a confirmed cast list for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 yet, but the main cast members have all but confirmed their own involvement with the upcoming trilogy finale. Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Dave Bautista as Drax, Karen Gillan as Nebula, and Pom Klementieff as Mantis will all be returning for the sequel.
Zoe Saldana is likely to reprise her role as Gamora as well, though this will be the 2014 version of the character that appeared in Endgame. Elizabeth Debicki is also rumored to return as The Sovereign’s Ayesha from Vol. 2 along with Sean Gunn as Kraglin in a new role with the Guardians to replace his fallen captain, Yondu.
8 The Guardians of The Galaxy Holiday Special Is A Required Viewing
Marvel Studios revealed their slate of upcoming series on Disney+, and one of the most surprising announcements was the inclusion of a Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special that is set to stream in late 2022.
The special will film alongside Vol. 3 and star the main cast in a crucial story that will factor into the third entry of the franchise while also introducing a new Marvel character to the MCU. This makes the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special a required viewing for fans before they head to theaters for Vol. 3 if they don’t want to miss out on important story developments.
7 The Script For Vol. 3 Brought Some Cast Members To Tears
Gunn has released a few developments in the pre-production of Vol. 3 on social media for months, which included his work storyboarding the movie as well as finishing the script. More recently, cast members like Karen Gillan and Pom Klementieff revealed that they had not only read the completed script but that it brought both of them to tears.
“We read it in the same room together, and then looked at each other and we were in floods of tears,” Gillan revealed. The script promises to be an emotional story that dives into the established characters deeper than fans have seen before in the post-Thanos MCU.
6 Vol. 3 Will Feature Large Roles For Rocket, Nebula, & Mantis
The director also revealed that some of the Guardians will receive larger roles in Vol. 3, with a focus on characters like Rocket, whose unfinished storyline and mysterious origins serve as one of the main arcs of the franchise.
While fans are excited to learn more about Rocket, Gunn also teased both Gillan and Klementieff about their tears when reading the script, claiming it better not be due to lack of dialogue as both have much heavier roles than in previous installments.
5 Stakar & The Original Ravagers Are Likely To Appear
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 introduced Yondu’s original crew of Ravagers led by Sylvester Stallone’s Stakar, who comic fans will recognize as members of the original Guardians of the Galaxy that formed in the future before Star-Lord formed his own team during the modern age.
Gunn had previously teased the original Ravagers return and involvement in Vol. 3 though it hasn’t been confirmed since he returned to the movie. However, his ongoing working relationship with Stallone (who starred as King Shark in The Suicide Squad) makes his return in Vol. 3 alongside the other Ravagers fairly likely.
4 Actors From The Suicide Squad Could Appear In Vol. 3
Stallone might not be the only actor from The Suicide Squad who find themselves moving to the MCU, as Gunn has also teased that Vol. 3 might see some actor crossover from his DCEU entry when he was asked the question on Twitter.
While it wasn’t an official confirmation, Gunn is known for working with the same actors in multiple movies, as The Suicide Squad even featured long-time collaborators Michael Rooker (GotG‘s Yondu) as Savant alongside Nathan Fillion’s TDK, who also starred in a deleted scene from Vol. 2 as Simon Williams, the actor/superhero known as Wonder Man.
3 Vol. 3 Will Be Dave Bautista’s Final Appearance As Drax
James Gunn isn’t the only crew member who will be calling it quits after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as Dave Bautista has revealed that the upcoming continuation will also be his final performance as Drax the Destroyer.
Batista has been vocal about Marvel Studios’ apparently moving on without him in the role of the character which began when he wasn’t asked to voice Drax for the animated What If…? series, though he also cites his age (54 when Vol. 3 hits theaters) as one of the reasons he doesn’t see himself moving on in the role after his last contracted appearance.
2 Will Poulter Has Been Cast As Vol. 3’s Adam Warlock
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 featured a dramatic post-credit scene that teased the creation of the powerful cosmic being known as Adam Warlock, as Ayesha from The Sovereign planted the seeds for her revenge against the Guardians.
Adam Warlock featured heavily in many of the comic events that were used for story material in the MCU, so his appearance has been rumored and anticipated for years. After the news of casting leaked online, Gunn announced that Will Poulter has been cast as Adam Warlock for Vol. 3, though he might make his MCU debut during the Holiday Special.
1 Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Will Hit Theaters On May 5, 2023
While the original release date for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was slated for sometime in 2020, there have been a few pushbacks due to Gunn’s firing and rehiring as well as the ever-shifting slate due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The new confirmed release date for Vol. 3 will now see the movie hit theaters on May 5, 2023. This release date was not one of the many that were recently shifted by Marvel Studios, so fans can expect to see Vol. 3 sit on that date unless there are issues during production that further delay the final entry in the trilogy.
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