After the end of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, fans are wondering what could replace the MCU’s one of the greatest franchises. The third installment to the trilogy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is in the theatre and now dominating the box office. As per reports, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has grossed over $282.1 million globally so far.
Following the end of the franchise, writer and director of the series, James Gunn will be officially out of Marvel Studios. He will be focusing on his version of DCU after taking over the studio with Peter Safran. So, what MCU has stored to fill the gap of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? Looking at the nature of the franchise, most fans are in favor of extending the SpiderVerse with comic elements to fill the void.
Fans’ Reaction to the End of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Spider-Man Vs. The Rest
The end of James Gunn’s Guardians is really sad for the fans but it is the end of the Star-Lord-led space-faring heroes. Interestingly, the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise is quite separate from the rest of the MCU movies and shows. It has far too less connection with the other characters. Even Thanos’ cameo has an original root to some major characters in the movie.
Best thing about the Guardians trilogy is it's mostly a self contained story inside the larger MCU. Aside from Thanos in the first film, there was never a need for outside cameos from other MCU characters in the entire trilogy.
— rambonilrem (@rambonilrem1) May 8, 2023
One user on Twitter raises the question of the void to fill after the Guardians stated that MCU will need a new franchise.
With the Guardians gone the MCU is really gonna need a new series that is almost completely separate from the rest of the MCU if it wants to keep things refreshing (and since that’s when it’s at its best).
And just sayin Spider-Man is the best opportunity for that
— Ben 🩸🎬 (@The_GM_is_God) May 7, 2023
However, some users are more into street-level content like Daredevil, Punisher, Spider-Man, or perhaps the X-Men.
I feel like that can work woth the streetlevel content like Daredevil, Punisher, Spidey. Then maybe the Xmen too
— Manlike_omz (@likeOmz) May 7, 2023
Spider-Man is far too connected, another tweet reads insisting on another unworldly franchise similar to Nova or Fantastic 4.
Spider-Man is far too connected. It needs another otherworldly thing, like Nova or maybe even a more galactic twist on the fantastic 4
— 𝙹𝙻 (@JLthagoat) May 7, 2023
Some fans believe Spidey’s connection to the other MCU heroes does not make his franchise a strong contender for the replacement of Guardians of the Galaxy.
It can't really be Spider-Man. Spider-Man has his own lore and stories of course and that should be a focus but he's also in more team ups than pretty much anyone. The only two close are Wolverine and Hulk.
— matdupreez (@matdupreez) May 7, 2023
But the Hulk is out of the question for now but many fans believe X-Men could really occupy the spot bringing a wide range of new characters.
While some fans are rooting for Spidey’s new movies in place of Guardians of the Galaxy, others are more interested in X-Men and Fantastic Four.
Update On New Spider-Man Movie
Marvel’s Phase-5 began with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, following that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was released on 5 May. The studio has lined up The Marvels, Captain America: New World Order, Thunderbolts, and Blade for upcoming releases. Further, according to a Digital Spy report, Spider-Man 4 is officially in development at Sony and Marvel. However, there is no official information on the release schedule.
The third installment to Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man trilogy, Spider-Man: No Way Home was released in 2021. It was a huge success that brought Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man in one movie. It was one of the biggest crossovers in the MCU. Following its success, the studio is also planning Spider-Man 4.
Earlier, Kevin Feige confirmed that a new Spider-Man movie was in development. Later, Tom Rothman of Sony said that they “hope to get working on the next Spider-Man movie” with the whole group cast- Tom Holland, Zendaya, and co.
MCU’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was released on 5 May and currently running in theatre.