The events of Avengers: Infinity War, the major delays in production, the release of Marvel’s Phase 4 schedule, and many interviews with the actors have all led to much speculation about what we’ll be seeing in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and when we’ll actually be seeing it.
Production hasn’t yet begun, very few people have read the script, and we are still definitely in the early stages for this long awaited threequel. Still, we actually know quite a bit about this upcoming film and there is a lot that can be guessed at based on the facts we have so far.
So how has the drama resolved? When will this story finally be out? What can we expect from the plot for the next big release? Read on for everything that has led up to this point and what we know about the path ahead for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’s Writer And Director
James Gunn will be returning as the writer and director for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. His brother, Sean Gunn, who plays Kraglin in the films, has said that he hasn’t yet read the script and that James Gunn will likely take another pass at it before he gets a read. The other actors have only speculated on what we’ll be seeing in the plot and probably do not know themselves.
The actors involved and many reviewers have long described the Guardians franchise as being a child from James Gunn’s brain. The music, the characters, and the style for this franchise have been very much part of his unique vision. Despite this, there was a moment where it seemed he wouldn’t be returning.
During the summer of 2018, James Gunn was fired as the director for the film after a series of his old Tweets were reposted and activists organized a backlash. He had already written the script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which Disney still planned to use without his direction. However, a few months later, a remorseful Gunn was rehired by the studio and is now back on board for filming the third movie.
Returning Cast Members
If you’ve seen Infinity War, you know that there were some surprises for the Guardians crew, but Marvel did their work and now the main cast will be returning for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. This means we will see Christ Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Vin Diesel voicing Groot, Bradley Cooper voicing Rocket, Dave Bautista as Drax, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, and pom Klementieff as Mantis.
There has been some talk of Chris Hemsworth possibly showing up as Thor in the third volume for Guardians, but that is looking less likely as the production schedule for Marvel has been released.
What’s certain is that you won’t see Michael Rooker back as Yondu. During a Q&A on his Instagram page, director James Gunn was asked if we’ll see Yondu return even though he was killed off in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He had this to say: “Not to life no. If a character dies in my films they will likely stay dead. I think stakes are important.”
You might be wondering how that’s possible, since Gamora was killed off and resurrected (sort of) over the course of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. But Gunn had nothing to do with the Avengers movies and his response here suggests that maybe, if he had been in charge, he would have done things differently with Gamora.
But James Gunn was responsible for killing off Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and since Gunn killed him, Gunn’s going to make sure he stays dead.
The Plot Of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Important and interesting details released about the plot of Guardians 3 have been leaked, all of them raising even more questions about what we’ll see in the finished product.
The first piece of confirmed information is that it will take place after the events of Thor: Love And Thunder. This was significant because fans were expecting it to be released before the new Thor movie and also that we would see Hemsworth in the new Guardians movie, but the order of release has changed expectations. There will be many MCU movies released before we see the third installment of Guardians. We’ll have to wait and see if these films will contain more clues to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’s plot.
We do know with certainty though, that Guardians 3 will take place four years after the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.
When discussing the script, James Gunn reported that the film would conclude the current iteration of the team. He then said, “Who knows who will take up the mantle after that?”
There is a lot of fan speculation that we will see at least one main character death in this Guardians sequel, but it’s unlikely there will be any clues as to how that will be handled before the release of movie. Still, fan speculation is heavy.
Adding to the speculation are Gunn’s statements that Rocket’s character arc will be coming to an end. After he was fired from the film, the director had been particularly sad about not being a bigger part of Rocket’s conclusion. He has said many times that he has most closely related to Rocket, felt compassion for him, and wanted to see his character arc through to the end. We’ll have to wait and see what the conclusion for Rocket will mean in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Another factor for the plot to handle will be Gamora. In Avengers: Endgame, her memory was reset to 2014. It’s expected this is the Gamora we’ll be meeting in the third installment, a Gamora who doesn’t remember the adventures she’s shared with the crew and doesn’t remember her romance with Star Lord. Zoe Saldana has said she’d love to see her character take on the role of a villain for the film.
Star Lord’s Crew In Production
Before the dramatic exit (and later return) of James Gunn as director, it had been expected we would see a 2020 release for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, right at the beginning of Marvel’s Phrase 4. Instead, filming will begin in 2020.
When James Gunn was fired as director, he took on a directing job for Suicide Squad over at DC. While he is back on board with Marvel, he now has a production schedule at DC that the new Guardians film will have to work with, which has led to even more delays for the film. We are finally moving forward with production though and it has been confirmed that filming will begin in 2020.
When Will Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Be Released?
When Phrase 4 was announced at Comic-Con, Marvel confirmed their schedule for upcoming movies out to the end of 2021. With filming on this project beginning in 2020, it looks like we will see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 actually in theaters in 2022. Vol. 1 was released in July, 2014 and Vol. 2 in April 2017. Based on this information and other Marvel releases, we will likely be seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 released in either May or July of 2022.