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Top 10 Things to Expect in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

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In 2014, a not-so-famous-director named James Gunn came out blazing guns with never-heard-before characters in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1. A rag-tag group composed of the most unlikely and wildest characters against Iron Man, Captain America and Thor?

To everyone’s surprise, James Gunn took the world by storm. His expansive cosmos with unmatched potential, irreverent humour, and the coolest ever soundtrack for a superhero flick!

After the events of Avengers: Endgame, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in a phase of Renaissance. With all the old heroes retiring, the Guardians remain one of the few known faces in the upcoming phases.

But with James Gunn at the helm, the cosmos is the oyster. As the MCU’s next phase enters the cosmos, the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will play a pivotal role.

Still in development, there are more than 14,000,605 😉 ways Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 can surprise us. Here, we have compiled the top 10 things we expect to see in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Let’s hop in!

1. More Cosmic Characters

Right from the beginning, James Gunn has not been shy to introduce lesser-known characters to his universe.

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe enters the cosmic phase after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the introduction of new, exciting characters from outer space is a very plausible reality.

Already being introduced to a Celestial in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, more bizarre characters are definitely on their way.

2. The Original Guardians

Original Guardians of the galaxy in comics

The original Guardians of the Galaxy did not have Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket Racoon, Groot, and Drax the Destroyer.

First appearing in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (January 1969), the original roster of Guardians were Vance Astro, Martinex T’Naga, Captain Charlie-27, and Yondu Udonta.

Yes, you read it right.

Yondu was one of the original Guardians of the Galaxy in the comic books.

Set in the alternate timeline of Marvel Universe, the original Guardians of the Galaxy were first set on Earth-691 in the 31st Century.

As each of the characters were the last remnant of their species, they banded together against a common enemy named Badoon, who wanted to conquer Earth’s Solar System.

Introduced as the Ravagers in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it will be interesting to see how James Gunn expands the Ravagers to pay homage to the original Guardians of the Galaxy.

3. Villainous Elders

One of the oldest remaining races in the Marvel Universe, the Elders are cosmic beings who are blessed with a potentially infinite lifespan fuelled by their will to live.

Mostly malevolent, the Elders have their own obsessions for which they can go to great extents.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has introduced us to the three most prominent elders; The Collector, The Grandmaster, and Ego the Living Planet.

With Ego being defeated and destroyed in the events unfolded in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the other remaining Elders can make an entrance to the silver screen.

As Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be mostly set in the cosmos, the adventures of the rag-tag team can land them in one of the Elder’s lairs, thus setting off events that can shape the MCU.

4. Asgardians of the Galaxy

A fairly recent creation, the Asgardians of the Galaxy were created in 2018 after the dissolution of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Consisting of Angela (Thor’s sister), Valkyrie, Kevin Masterson, Throg, Skurge, and Destroyer, the Asgardians of the Galaxy was first teased by Thor in Avengers: Endgame.

Despite the death of Skurge in the events of Thor: Ragnarok by Hela’s forces unleashed on Asgard, the Asgardians of the Galaxy might make an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

5.  Phylla-Vell

A Titanian-Kree hybrid, Phylla-Vell is the second genetically created offspring of Captain Mar-Vell. In the comics, she is a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Phylla-Vell is paired with Drax the Destroyer following the events of Annihilation (2006).

In the comics, Phylla-Vell is in a romantic relationship with Moondragon. Moondragon is the daughter of Arthur Douglas, who later became Drax the Destroyer.

6. Nova

Nova is one of the most beloved superheroes in the Guardians of the Galaxy realm. Deriving his power from the Nova Force, he is a member of the Nova Corps of the planet Xandar.

Rhomann Dey, one of the last surviving members of the elite Nova Corps chose Richard Rider, a New York High School student to replace him.

After gaining the newfound superpowers, Richard Rider called himself Nova.

The event which triggered this was the destruction of Xandar by Nebula. In the MCU, Xandar was wiped out by Thanos to obtain the Power Stone, which can lay out the plans of introducing Richard Rider aka Nova on the silver screen.

7. The real story of Drax the Destroyer

In the first installment of Guardians of the Galaxy, Drax the Destroyer was introduced as a character with a tragic past. According to him, his family was slaughtered by Thanos and Ronan the Destroyer.

But according to the comics, Drax was originally known as Arthur Douglas. On a road trip across Las Vegas, Douglas and his family encountered Thanos’s surveillance ship.

In order to leave no witnesses, Thanos destroyed the car resulting in Arthur Douglas’ death.

Thanos’ rampage forced Mentor, the father of the Mad Titan to capture Douglas’ astral projection and put it inside a humanoid creation.

Thus, Drax the Destroyer was created with the sole intention to stop Thanos.

8. The origins of Rocket Racoon

The witty and nut-cracking talking raccoon is a fan favorite among all the Guardians. In the first installment, Rocket Racoon’s loneliness and irritability stemmed from all the experiments and cybernetic attachments which were done on him.

In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, James Gunn has hinted that Rocket Racoon and his past play a very important role in defining the movie. It’s time we learn about the stories behind our beloved Rocket’s scars.

9. Adult Groot

“I am Groot” will go down as one of the most iconic dialogues in pop-culture history.

Groot has undergone a complete metamorphosis. From his adult-self to his apparent death, Groot has been pivotal in some major events.

His apparent sacrifice while trying to save the Guardians from Ronan to providing a handle to the dreaded Stormbreaker, Groot is an absolute badass!

Though we were introduced to adult Groot in the first installment, his subsequent rebirth and teenage years must have shaped him into a whole different personality.

It is quite possible that the next time Groot enters the screen, his massive swagger might sweep us all off our feet.

10. Adam Warlock

Many characters have been a part of Thanos’ quest for the Infinity Stones, but none come close to Adam Warlock’s link to the gems, especially the Soul Stone.

Created to be the perfect being, Adam Warlock was teased in both the instalments of Guardians of the Galaxy as well as Thor: The Dark World. Differing from the comics, the MCU version of Adam Warlock is created by the golden-skinned Sovereign Race to be the next step of their evolution.

Despite being so closely linked with the infinity stones, Adam Warlock was absent in both Infinity War and Endgame.

Bonus Point: Soundtrack!

James Gunn’s decision to use classic hits from the ’70s and the ’80s have been massively popular among the fans.

From Blue Swede’s Hooked on a Feeling to David Bowie’s Moonage Daydream, the one thing which truly sets apart Guardians of the Galaxy is its perfect incorporation of songs at the right scenes.

Which iconic song do you wish to see being played in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? Let us know in the comments!

Written by Akash Senapati

Akash is an India-based writer who has previously worked with Quirkybyte and Xtrascoop. He loves DC Comics, Anime, Pink Floyd, and sleeping in no particular order. His favourite graphic-medium writers are Grant Morrison, Chris Claremont, Christopher Priest, Garth Ennis, and Eiichiro Oda. Prep time > Aliens.

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