What is the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 release date? The sci-fi movie has been in the works for a number of years: having a rocky journey to the big screen. The wait for the final instalment of the MCU trilogy is almost over, but between Guardians 2 and Guardians 3, it’s fair to say a lot has happened.
First of all, the MCU has transitioned into Phase 4, with the shockwaves of Infinity War and Thanos’ tyranny still being felt across the galaxy despite most lives being restored. Gamora (Zoe Saldana), for instance, is now dead — but also isn’t. When adoptive father Thanos killed her, it looked like that was it for the character, until a Variant the Guardians met while travelling back in time urged her to help them, which she did, before running away.
And then there’s the Guardians’ appearance in Thor 4, as well as their starring role in Disney Plus’ Holiday special later in 2022. It might feel a bit early to start thinking about the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 release date now, but trust us — it’ll come around earlier than you think.
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 release date
Marvel Studios will release Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on May 5 2023. Volume 3 was initially meant to be released on May 1, 2020, but a combination of factors — including Gunn’s firing-and-rehiring, the COVID-19 pandemic, and Gunn’s work on DCEU projects like Peacemaker and Suicide Squad led to the film’s release date being pushed back.
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Filming for Volume 3 finally began in November 2021 and wrapped in May 2022. Now that there’s just post-production to deal with, the road to Guardians 3 should be a lot more plain-sailing: after all, it was announced all the way back in 2017, so we’ve been waiting long enough!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 trailer
The first Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 trailer debuted in December 2022. Besides showing us the team back in action, we get our first proper look at Will Poulter as Adam Warlock.
As the final chapter in Gunn’s trilogy, this teases some heartbreak and possible closure, as the team faces up to their legacy. No massive hints are given as to what that looks like, but as always, it seems like they manage by the skin of their teeth.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 cast
Along with all our old favourites returning, there are a couple of new characters who are set to play a key role in the last chapter of the trilogy. Will Poulter is set to play Adam Warlock, a popular character from the comics who is created by Ayesha to defeat the Guardians once and for all.
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Chukwudi Iwuji, who previously worked with James Gunn on Peacemaker, has also been cast as the new Marvel villain, the deadly High Evolutionary.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, however, Iwuji described his character as “extremely powerful”, and one of “the most complex characters we’ve seen in the freaking Marvel universe.” It’s likely we will get our first look at the character once the trailer for Guardians 3 drops.
Who’s in the Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 cast?
- Chris Pratt as Star-Lord
- Dave Bautista as Drax
- Karen Gillan as Nebula
- Bradley Cooper as Rocket
- Vin Diesel as Groot
- Pom Klementieff as Mantis
- Zoe Saldana as Gamora
- Sylvester Stallone as Stakar
- Elizabeth Debcki as Ayesha
- Will Poulter as Adam Warlock
- Chukwudi Iwuji as High Evolutionary
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 plot
One of the post-credit scenes of Guardians 2 hinted that Adam Warlock was coming, with Ayesha standing in front of a golden cocoon, plotting her revenge on the Guardians before declaring, “I think I will call him Adam.”
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With Poulter confirmed to be playing Adam Warlock, this more or less confirms that Guardians 3 will be a direct continuation of what this post-credit scene teased, with his character serving as one of the film’s Big Bads as he hunts down the Guardians on Ayesha’s orders.
But it isn’t just the new characters that are getting all the attention. Rocket, voiced by Bradley Cooper, is also set to form an integral part of the film’s plot. In an interview with Deadline, Gunn explained that he always intended to finish Rocket’s character arc in the third movie.
This aligns well with plot speculation reported by We Got This Covered, with the outlet claiming that, along with Adam Warlock hunting down the Guardians, Rocket will take centre stage in this film, as he aims to hunt down and kill his creator, presumably the High Evolutionary? It would explain some of the set photos that have leaked online.
We know from the footage shown at Comic-Con that the time-displaced Gamora from Endgame will reappear, as will a baby Rocket (who apparently looks adorable), and the film is apparently a bit of a tear-jerker.
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As the final chapter in the Guardians’s story, Gunn previously teased to EW that the film was “pretty heavy, actually.” He said, “It’s a heavier story, so it’s an emotional process to go through.” So, it sounds like you should get your tissues ready.