James Gunn Confirms Major Deaths in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Hints “Not All of Them” Return in Secret Wars

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Marvel’s most lovable guardians are returning for the third time in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Fans are super excited to see what adventure awaits them this time, especially after the trailer turned out to be way more emotional than expected. With the franchise coming to an end with the third installment, there are quite a few speculations about the fate of the Guardians amongst fans.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

While director James Gunn has kept details to himself, he might have let slip one major spoiler for the upcoming movie. Affirming the fears of many fans, the director may have revealed that one of the guardians will be meeting their end in the final movie of the franchise.

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A Major Death in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
A still from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 trailer

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After the gloomy trailer of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 was released, fans were raising speculations that someone major in the movie, perhaps one of the guardians, will not be making it out of the franchise alive. While these were nothing more than mere fan theories, it seems like their worst fear might be a reality after all.

A few weeks ago James Gunn uploaded a poster for the movie on his Instagram stating, “On May 5 we fulfil the promise; the completion of the trilogy; the end of an era. We are groot.” While there were a lot of heartfelt comments for the franchise’s end, one user stated that it isn’t an end of an era as the Guardians will keep returning in future MCU films. While this is true, it’s only the partial truth as Gunn replied to her comment stating, “Not all of them.”


It seems like Gunn’s reply to the user points toward the death of one of the Guardians. Given the fact that the trailer for the last and final GOTG film does not have the same fun energy to it, Gunn’s comment simply makes sense. It was a great run with the Guardians, but now it seems like fans will have to say their goodbyes to the characters, in more ways than one.

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Which Guardian Won’t be Making it Out Alive?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 aims to end Rocket's MCU story
Rocket Raccoon

Continuing the trend of someone dying in each of the GOTG films – original Groot in Vol. 1 and Yondu in Vol. 2 – it seems like Gunn is planning on ending with a bang. While Gamora was previously killed by her adoptive father, Thanos and the original version of Groot also met his end, the probability of these two characters dying seems to be pretty low.

The Guardian that is currently sitting on top of the speculations is none other than possibly the most loved character in the franchise, Rocket Raccoon. Voiced by Bradley Cooper, Rocket’s future with the Guardians seems to be hazy. Gunn previously stated that GOTG Vol. 3 will explore Rocket’s story in much more detail than before. The animal/cyborg hybrid is seen reloading his gun in the trailer as he says, “I’m done running.” This dialogue simply adds to the emotional vibes of the trailer.

Another character that has a chance of not making it out alive might be Dave Bautista’s Drax as the actor has previously stated that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be the end of his run playing Drax the Destroyer.


While there isn’t an assured answer to who will be facing their death in the final film, one thing is certain – the movie be one emotional rollercoaster!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be released in theatres on May 5, 2023.

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