Future Release: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3

The third and final instalment of the Marvel cosmic adventure starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, Vol.3 is the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), and the 32nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Written and directed by James Gunn, the movie is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 5, 2023. The movie is going to be about the Guardians embarking on a mission to protect Rocket from his past while dealing with the appearance of a younger version of Gamora.

The Expected Plot

The movie takes place after Avengers: Endgame, Thor: Love and Thunder, and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, which means it is set in 2023 or later in the MCU timeline. It deals with the aftermath of Gamora’s death and resurrection as a younger version from an alternate timeline, who does not love Peter Quill as her older version did. (Gamora was killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, when he sacrificed her to obtain the Soul Stone on Vormir). The film introduces Adam Warlock, a powerful being who was created by Ayesha and has a connection to the Soul Stone, which was used to kill (and later revive) Gamora.

The movie also explores Rocket’s origin story and his relationship with The High Evolutionary, who created him and wants to use him for his experiments. This movie is expected to be the last adventure of the original team of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot, as they face a new threat that could lead to their dissolution. After doing cameos in the earlier volumes, Cosmo the Spacedog is also expected to get an expanded role.

The film seems to have an emotional and dark vibe, but ultimately hopes to become a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy and the story of the original team of Guardians.

Farewell to the team

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be the last movie of this series with the current team of Guardians. Director James Gunn said that this is the end of his story for these characters and that he wants to give them a proper wrap-up. The film is expected to be the last time for the original team of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot, which made the filming process bittersweet for the actors. The cast and crew shared their reactions and teases for the film at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, where they had an emotional panel and revealed new footage. The cast and crew had a tearful farewell after wrapping up filming in November 2022, with James Gunn posting a heartfelt message on Twitter thanking everyone involved. However, this does not mean that there will not be a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 4 with a different team or storyline in the future.

Technical Innovations

  • The film is the first MCU project to use the RED Komodo camera, which is a compact and lightweight 6K camera that allows for more flexibility and mobility in filming.
  • The film also uses StageCraft, a LED wall system that creates realistic backgrounds and environments in real-time, reducing the need for green screens and post-production work. This is the same system which was used for the first time in ‘The Mandalorian’.
  • Other parts of the film feature a mix of practical and digital effects, with some characters like Rocket and Groot being fully CGI, while others like Cosmo the Spacedog and The High Evolutionary being animatronic puppets.

Some Behind the Scenes

James Gunn was fired and later rehired by Disney after old controversial tweets resurfaced, which caused a delay in production and an emotional rollercoaster for him and the cast. Chris Pratt posted an ‘illegal’ behind-the-scenes video of the film on his Instagram, showing the cast and crew having fun on set and teasing some of the action scenes.

Why watch

It is the conclusion of the trilogy and the story of the original team of Guardians, who have become fan-favourite characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is written and directed by James Gunn, who has a unique vision and style that blends humor, action, emotion, and music. And last but not the least, the film has a diverse and eclectic soundtrack that spans different genres and decades, from classic rock to disco to hip hop, reflecting the different personalities and tastes of the Guardians. So go ahead, get your tickets ready!

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