To say there’s a lot to look forward to in the next era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is an understatement, especially after this morning when Marvel shared a video full of exciting new teases—including some new brand-new dates and movie titles for 2021 and beyond.
Among the announcements today was a release date for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which director James Gunn gave a cryptic Tweet about last month, confirming on Twitter that the movie would begin filming this year. And now, we know we can expect to see it on May 5, 2023.
When we last left the group — Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Vin Diesel (Groot), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Nebula (Karen Gillan), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) — they were leaving Earth after the events of Avengers: Endgame with Thor along for the ride. Star-Lord was intent on finding 2014’s version of Gamora who had been brought to this reality during the Time Heist, and we can assume that the story will focus on that search. (The throughline of the Guardian stories have always been about found family, after all.)
We also know the Guardians are going to show up in Thor: Love and Thunder, which debuts almost a year before on May 6, 2022. So by the time we get to Gunn’s film, it’s safe to assume Thor will probably be off on his own adventure, allowing us to focus on the characters.
Since we’re still two years away, we don’t have a lot of confirmed details about the third Guardians film yet. But we haven’t seen our intrepid “A-holes” and Avengers as a solo team since 2017, and there’s definitely been a lot of story set up since then between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Gunn has famously said that the third film in the trilogy will tie up the story of the Guardians, much like the Iron Man and Captain America films. He also hinted in another Tweet last year that the film would have a big focus on Rocket and complete a story that’s been set up since the beginning, writing,
I’ll just say Rocket is a big part of what’s happening in the future – and a lot of this stuff (like the scars we’re about to see on his back) sets up what I’ve been planning for Rocket all along.
There’s also The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special that Gunn is writing and directing for Disney+, which was announced during Disney’s 2020 Investor Day and is due out in 2022. Could that have some ties to Vol. 3? It’s entirely possible. After all, Marvel is interconnected to its core and has so much mythology to build on. And given that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is among one of the last films to arrive in Phase 4, there are so many new developments or characters that could come into play.
Also? Groot is very well on his way to being a full-fledged adult tree again, and that’s something we can all look forward to.
Are you excited for Guardians Vol. 3 to premiere on May 5, 2023? Which MCU Phase 4 film are you most eager to see? Let us know in the comments.