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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: Release Date, Plot, Cast and More

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: Release Date, Plot, Cast and More

The latest installment of Guardians of the Galaxy will see us follow Star-Lord with a resurrected Gamora and Thor, Lord of Thunder, in tow.

Aside from the most epic of all mixtapes, Guardians of the Galaxy is still one of the most underrated of Marvel's IPs in existence. The third installment of the series, which is supposed to be happening post-Endgame, has seen a bit of a hiccup with the suspension of director James Gunn and then his eventual rehiring by the studio. Even so, Gunn noted that the third volume of Guardians of the Galaxy wouldn't begin filming until he completes The Suicide Squad, which he's currently working on. At the premiere of Lego movie 2, Gunn confirmed that the third volume of Guardians was about to get started, and rumors have hinted for filming to commence sometime in 2020.

Who's In the Cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3?

Poster for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Chances are that Chris Pratt (Star-Lord) will make his return helming the newest installment. Alongside Pratt will likely be returning stars Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Karen Gillian (Nebula), and Pom Klementieff (Mantis). Animated character Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and everyone's favorite one-phrase tree Groot (who is voiced by Vin Diesel) will also be making a return as part of the squad. Dave Bautista (Drax) will, of course, feature as another member of Star-Lord's crew, but there has been a bit of tension with Marvel, who turned down his pitch for a stand-alone for his character. He mentioned in a tweet that he's not against offers from Marvel arch-rivals DC for any comic book stand-alone they may have. Finally, rounding out the people we expect to see in this volume is Chris Hemsworth (Thor), as he finds himself with the crew at the end of the Avengers: Endgame plot. Speaking of plots...

What's the Plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3?

Fat Thor in Guardians 3?

Since this is a Marvel movie and the cinematic universe must go on, we'll likely see some fallout from the Avengers: Endgame, most notably Thor making up another member of Star-Lord's crew. Thor dubbing them the "Asgardians Of the Galaxy" at the close of Endgame didn't sit too well with Star-Lord, and we might see a bit of push-back from him in this film. Additionally, the death of Gamora in Endgame and the younger version of her now running around with the crew may cause some friction. Chris Pratt has mentioned to MTV that Star-Lord might make a return much sooner than Vol. 3, but he was tight-lipped on what his cryptic statement may mean. For now, we'll just have to wait and see. We don't have any specifics just yet, but it's easy to see the general direction we expect things to go in Vol. 3.

What We're Looking Forward To

Thor in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3

Aside from seeing Groot leave his awkward teenage years behind, the big talk is seeing how Thor will influence the plot and the characters as a whole. His presence in the movie may likely skew it towards making Thor the central role, but that would be a disappointment if Gunn took that route. Based on his comments, however, it's unlikely it'll be something so one-sided. Instead, we might notice a more in-depth resolution for Rocket's character arc. There have also been hints that the movie may be driving to a conclusion for this version of Star-Lord's crew, but as to what this mysterious closure is, we're still uncertain.

When Does Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Release?

As noted before, filming hasn't started on the movie as yet, and while there is already a script, nothing will be moving forward before Gunn finishes on The Suicide Squad. As such, we can probably look forward to a late 2021 or early 2022 release for this film.

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