The much awaited third installment of Guardians of the Galaxy will hit screens on May 5th, 2023. Fans are eagerly looking forward to seeing Chris Pratt reprise his role as the mischievous Peter Quill aka Star Lord along with his quirky team of Rocket, Gamora, Drax and Groot. There are also many theories floating around among viewers about how the franchise will end, but the bigger news streaming in, is the rumor of Chris Pratt permanently leaving the MCU along with David Bautista. How does this tie in with the future of Marvel?
Director James Gunn hints at a definite end for Chris Pratt’s Star Lord
Director James Gunn, who is also the new head of DC comics, has hinted that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 will signal the end of the franchise. Touted to be the biggest and most ambitious of the three films, fans can expect a wildly emotional and entertaining ride which will also witness Chris Pratt’s character Star Lord coming a full circle. With James Gunn also helming another major company in DC, it seems apparent that he will move on to other projects in the pipeline. This is even more reason for audiences to throng to Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 in summer.
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Chris Pratt and his team are the least significant characters in crossovers
The MCU has been hugely successful in integrating their worlds with important crossovers by multiple characters within the universe. Chris Pratt and his Guardians have appeared in Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: End Game and Thor: Love and Thunder with significantly less screen time when compared to many of their other MCU counterparts, possibly making them the least connected characters in the universe. This makes their presence and impact in the future MCU films, doubtful. With James Gunn almost having confirmed the end with this trilogy, their absence seems inevitable.
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Chris Pratt states uncertainty about his future in the MCU
In a recent interview with Men’s Health, Chris Pratt has spoken about his involvement in the MCU franchise as well as his commitment to Guardians of the Galaxy. To quote the actor, “(I) don’t actually know what’s gonna come next. You asked whether or not I’m cognizantly, intentionally turning a page. The page is turning. Whether I want to or not. Because the franchises are over”. Talking about his stint, he says “Wait, hold on, what happened?’ The emotion around the last ten years sort of coming to an end”. It is evident, from his words that Chris Pratt has indeed reconciled to moving on from both franchises with a heavy heart and unforgettable memories. With Marvel looking to introduce younger and newer heroes, it is possible that the older stars may gradually make way for the next generation of superheroes to take over the reins.
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Source: Screen Rant