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Following Marvel Studios’ big show at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) in July, we have a clearer idea of what to expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in the coming years. And that includes several new movies, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is set to arrive in 2023 – not to be confused with the upcoming The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special that arrives on November 25.

Phase 5 is kicking off next February with the next Ant-Man movie, and Phase 6 will start in early 2025 with a new Fantastic Four reboot. You might have noticed the next two phases will be shorter than usual, but with so many new MCU installments coming out after the introduction of Disney Plus shows, Marvel Studios is putting out new projects at an unprecedented rate. Therefore, it makes sense that the “Multiverse Saga” – supposedly ending in 2026 with Avengers: Secret Wars – will take less time to fully develop than the “Infinity Saga” (2008-2019).

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As far as we know, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 won’t deal with the multiverse, unlike this year’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness or 2021’s Loki season 1 and Spider-Man: No Way Home. Instead, the third Guardians movie will focus on giving a final act to its main characters’ personal arcs after their time adventuring with Thor. Whether they show up in future MCU installments, as suggested in these Marvel Comic storylines, is anyone’s guess.

Now that you’re up to speed on the current state of the MCU and what’s coming next, read on below to learn more about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. If you need to catch up with Marvel’s theatrical releases, check out our guide to all of the Marvel movies in order that have been released so far – remember that the upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever puts an end to Phase 4.

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the following movies: Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Avengers: Infinity War.

What is the release date for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3?

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is currently set to release on May 5, 2023, both in the U.S. and the U.K. Other international markets will share the same date, while many others still don’t have a definitive one. We wouldn’t be surprised if some of them got the movie one week early as is usual with most theatrical releases from Marvel.

This puts the third Guardians less than three months away from Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which is beaming down on February 17, 2023. As you can see, Marvel Studios is going all-out with zany science fiction to start Phase 5. Maybe they’re hoping to earn a spot on our best sci-fi movies list?

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What is the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3?

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While we don’t know the plot specifics of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, cast members as well as writer-director James Gunn have shared plenty of tidbits regarding where the characters are going. When we combine those with the leftover post-credits scene from the second Guardians movie, and the major thread Avengers: Endgame left hanging, we can piece together a rough picture of the threequel.

According to Marvel’s official synopsis, Peter Quill aka Star-Lord rallies his team and blasts into deep space in one of the coolest spaceships in sci-fi to “defend the universe along with protecting one of their own.” And, of course, he’s still trying to get over the loss of Gamora. The “original Gamora” was killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, and “alternate timeline Gamora” left Earth confused by this information during the final stand against her timeline’s Thanos.

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As a direct result, a main plot point of Vol. 3 will be finding the new Gamora to hopefully build up a fresh relationship, something that will one hundred percent be emotionally heavy if James Gunn stays true to his previous stories at Marvel. For now, we’ve learned that Gamora has joined the Ravagers since we last saw her (this was confirmed by the closed-doors SDCC teaser).

We can’t forget about Adam Warlock either, the new super-powered antagonist teased in the aforementioned post-credits scene of Vol. 2. Following their defeat on Ego’s Planet, Ayesha and the Sovereigns created Adam, so we can expect a major confrontation between the Guardians and this Marvel legend. The genius High Evolutionary will also make an appearance that may or may not be linked to Rocket’s backstory, which Gunn promised is at the center of Vol. 3 too.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 trailers

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The first Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 trailer was released on December 2 and can be seen below.

If you're hungry for more Guardians content in the meantime, you can also check out the Holiday Special, which arrived on November 25, 2022. This mini-movie was designed to be a prologue of sorts to Vol. 3 and is the perfect appetizer ahead of the next big Guardians of the Galaxy adventure. You can also watch the I Am Groot shorts on Disney Plus to tide you over as well.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 cast

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The entire Guardians of the Galaxy main cast is back: Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Vin Diesel (voice of Groot), Bradley Cooper (voice of Rocket), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), and Sean Gunn (Kraglin and on-set Rocket). Two major cast members returning from Vol. 2 are Elizabeth Debicki (Ayesha) and Sylvester Stallone (Stakar Ogord).

Newcomers include Will Poulter (Midsommar) as Adam Warlock, Chukwudi Iwuji (Peacemaker) as the High Evolutionary, and Maria Bakalova (Borat 2) as Cosmo the Spacedog – who we already saw in the first Guardians movie. The Suicide Squad star Daniela Melchior also has a role in the movie, but it hasn’t been revealed yet.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director, writer, and crew

The third Guardians of the Galaxy movie is once again written and directed by James Gunn on his own, though he’s spent some time at DC Films with The Suicide Squad (part of the DC Extended Universe movies) and Peacemaker before returning to Marvel. It will most likely be his last time working for Marvel Studios as he’s just been given control over the entire DC Films division alongside producing partner Peter Safran.

Scoring duties are going to John Murphy (The Suicide Squad, Sunshine) this time around – long-time Gunn collaborator Tyler Bates did the excellent orchestral music for the first two movies. The cinematography has been handled by Vol. 2 veteran Henry Braham, who gave the sequel a livelier touch that fit the material perfectly.

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Everything we know about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: release date, plot, cast (2024)


What is the plot for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? ›

Who is the next villain in Guardians of the Galaxy 3? ›

And in the newly released Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 they have another chilling antagonist to face, with the intergalactic superhero team this time finding themselves up against a character who goes by the name of the High Evolutionary.

Will Peter Quill return? ›

Marvel Studios has already promised more Star-Lord

At the end of 2023's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Peter Quill — now apparently retired from saving the galaxy — returns to Earth and reunites with his grandfather, with the post-credits scene showing them enjoying a quiet breakfast together.

Is Guardians of the Galaxy 3 the end? ›

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is the end of the first chapter of James Gunn's team of super A-holes, closing out his found family trilogy, but opening up hope for the future of the MCU.

Who is Peter talking about at the end of Guardians 3? ›

A post-credits scene marks the final moment in the film and takes us to Missouri's sleepy St Charles, with Peter and his Grandpa having breakfast together. They're talking about mowing a neighbour's lawn. Peter says, “If she needs help mowing her lawn, I'll do it but I kind of feel like her son should help.”

How did Drax speak the language? ›

Drax knew the language from his childhood. It's not in anyone's translators.

Why doesn't Gamora remember Quill? ›

Because she does not have a history with the Guardians, she does not reunite with them at the end of Endgame. Instead, she starts her own journey while Peter Quill is left mourning his dead girlfriend despite the existence of another version of Gamora in his universe.

Will there be a GotG 4? ›

Guardians of the Galaxy 4 still hasn't been officially confirmed by Marvel, and we're no closer to knowing whether it will actually happen.

Who is the little girl at the end of Guardians 3? ›

Phyla, a new character from the original Marvel Comics, is introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and becomes a member of the new Guardians of the Galaxy team. Phyla's significance is revealed in the post-credits scene, where she joins the new team led by Rocket.

Who does Quill end up with? ›

Quill takes Gamora, with whom he is now in a romantic relationship, to Knowhere, accompanied by Drax and Mantis.

Does Peter Quill ever get powers? ›

2 revealed that Peter Quill has Celestial powers through his father, Ego. However, these powers seemingly disappeared after Ego's death. Although Peter lost his connection to the light and his immortality, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 proves that his Celestial genes still make him more powerful than a regular human.

Is Peter Quill in love with Mantis? ›

Mantis later identified in front of Gamora that Quill was romantically in love with her. However, when Peter did confess his feelings for her, by asking what they would do with their "unspoken" thing, but it turned into a fight.

Is Chris Pratt done playing Star Lord? ›

Speaking to Total Film magazine, Pratt said he would continue to play the character as long as Marvel honors what Gunn started.

What happened to Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy 3? ›

Drax the Destroyer is no longer a Guardian of the Galaxy by the end of “Vol 3.” He stays behind on Knowhere to help Nebula protect the population, which sees an influx of children and animals rescued from the High Evolutionary's ship.

Why did Peter Quill's face swell up? ›

In one of the earlier movies ice begins to form on his face indicating his entire body is starting to freeze. [Spoiler Alert] In the current release we have the same effects but now that have added facial swelling indicating that the vacuum of space is reeking havoc on the gasses and liquids in this body.

What happens to Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy 3? ›

Peter Quill ended Vol. 3 by leaving the Guardians of the Galaxy behind and finally returning home to Earth and his grandfather. Peter Quill wasn't sure his grandfather (played once more by Gregg Henry) was even still alive. Viewers knew he was in 2014 when Grandpa Quill appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.

What happens to Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy 3? ›

There are several moments where it seems as though Rocket would lose his life in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, including one which finds him in an afterlife, interacting with Lylla, his childhood friend. Even so, Rocket's life is eventually saved by Peter Quill and Gamora.

Is groot alive in Guardians of the Galaxy 3? ›

Groot remains a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy in its new form under the leadership of his friend, Rocket. In the post-credits scene, Groot has grown into a massive tree and appears more like his size in the original “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie.

What happens to Gamora in Guardians 3? ›

Gamora has been living with Yondu's Ravagers and infiltrates the space station with the Guardians in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, highlighting the fractured relationship between her and her original MCU team.


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