Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 is releasing in 2023, after the tremendous success of the first two installments. And the fans could not be more excited! This super-entertaining team of unlikely heroes has been a favorite among the MCU fans right since the release of the first volume in 2014.
And now that the whole MCU has had some time to make peace with the (almost traumatic) events of the Endgame, fans have high expectations from this second sequel. Here are the 10 things fans will definitely be excited to see in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3.
10. A full-fledged Howard, The Duck experience
The fans miss this satirical, ill-tempered duck. His self-aware, parodical perspective seems to strike a chord, mainly because it looks at the hard truths of life in the unlikely setting of the Marvel universe fantasy. Voiced by Seth Green in the first two parts of the Guardians franchise, fans would love to have this duck as a full-fledged member of the supporting crew.
After Howard, The Duck made a quiet appearance in the Endgame, maybe it’s not too much to expect that he will at least have more than a few seconds of screen time?
09. More of the 70s Rock-n-Roll
If one had to pick a Marvel hero with a legit legendary taste in music, it would have to be, hands down, Peter Quill. Thanks to Peter’s playlists, we have heard some great music in the first two volumes. Be it rock, blues, country, or funk, Peter Quill has been on top of his game throughout.
After rocking to Led Zeppelin on The Immigrant Song, the fans expect more from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 soundtrack.
08. A sneak peek of Thor (if not more)
Thor’s appearance doesn’t seem like an all-too-unreasonable expectation, seeing that the Guardians of the Galaxy are already making an appearance in Thor: Love and Thunder in 2021. Not to forget James Gunn‘s tremendous skills of popping these significant characters in the background, perfectly naturally. Whatever may be the rhyme and reason behind the scenes, fans just want to have another excuse to see more of Chris Hemsworth as Thor!
07. A romantic arc for Drax and Mantis
The makers struck gold when they paired Drax and Mantis together. An emotional empath and a muscle man – the two couldn’t be more unlike each other. And yet, the beginnings of the chemistry between these two were undeniable in the second volume. Sure, the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise already have their star couple in the form of Gamora and Peter Quill. But who says there can’t be more than one romantic arc on a Marvel franchise? There is no such thing as ‘too much love’ after all.
06. Revisiting the Gamora and Star-Lord romance
Speaking of romantic arcs, the Gamora and Star-Lord arc has, of course, been put through the grinder after the Endgame events. Though fans were concerned for Gamora’s existence post-Snap for a while, it was soon revealed that she was alive and well. There’s just a tiny glitch – Gamora is the 2014 version of herself which means she remembers neither the Avengers nor Peter Quill. The makers would have to write nothing less than a believable plotline if they want the fans crooning over this intergalactic couple again.
The Guardians’ appearance in Thor: Love and Thunder might be especially significant, considering this story arc. The fans are hoping to see at least the beginnings of the rekindling of this romance in Thor 4 and in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
05. A new Quill, post-Endgame conflict
Tony Stark’s snap in the Endgame turned the MCU upside down. There was triumph & heartbreak. But most importantly, there are questions. When considering the Guardians story arc, the Star Lord’s character has to answer many such questions the fans are excited to find the answers to. The fact that he hasn’t been on Planet Earth for a long, long time, poses the obvious questions – What is the older Quill going to be like? Are the Guardians planning to land on Earth and take on the evil? Are they planning to team up with some other superheroes of MCU? The burning questions will only be doused with a meaningfully written version of this relatable hero in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
04. More of Groot and Rocket camaraderie
Groot has to be one of the most loved characters in the MCU, with the least number of dialogs. But the fans have hardly complained. As long as they can watch the back-and-forth between him and Rocket Raccoon, it’s all good. Not much has been said about this duo, outside of cartoon sketches on Disney+. But the fans are eagerly waiting for their comeback. Of course, this comeback holds much more significance in a post-Endgame world. What’s left to be seen is how the makers handle these Groot-Rocket antics in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 ?
03. A meaningful sub-plot for Rocket Raccoon
Rocket Raccoon is one of the most intriguing members of the Guardians crew. His backstory that is briefly referenced in the past volumes, the fans, certainly need more of it. A genetically engineered being put through the brutal tests of artificial creation – if that doesn’t warrant him a separate story arc of his own, then we don’t know what would! Though in the second volume, we did see a somewhat interesting sub-plot for him with Yondu. The makers could take one such sub-plot and involve his soulmate Lylla Otter, a sapient otter from the planet Halfworld. Whatever the plot, the fans would love to see Rocket go on his own adventure in the third volume, for sure.
02. A possibility for more sequels
Although Avengers might be the start team in the MCU, the Guardians of the Galaxy is likely to be in a close second. With its relatable, flawed, yet lovable characters, the fanbase for this franchise has only increased since its cinematic inception in 2014. There is no way that the fans are anywhere close to having had enough of these almost goofy superheroes. In a nutshell, they will be very disappointed if the makers choose to close this series any time soon.
01. The mystery of Adam Warlock
The post-credit scene in Volume 2 has left little doubt that the third installment will be about Adam Warlock. Considering that in comics, he was Thanos’ archenemy, many fans were expecting him to make an appearance in the battle for the Infinity Stones.
But looking at that post-credit scene, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say the third volume will grant the fan’s wish. Ayesha, the High Priestess of the Golden-skinned Sovereigns, reveals in this scene that the occupant of a golden birthing pod (Adam as she calls him) shall be “more capable of destroying the Guardians of the Galaxy.” After some tweaks to Adam’s origins, James Gunn finally seems ready to introduce the long-awaited character.
Though the what’s, how’s, and why’s remain veiled for now, the fans are rooting for the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 with all their might.