Avengers: Endgame is, to put it mildly, killing it at the box office (pun sort of intended). At the time of publication, it has passed $1 billion (in its opening weekend alone!) and was well on its way to unseating Avatar as the highest-grossing movie of all time. Despite being a finale to what Marvel is calling “The Infinity Saga,” Endgame gave many hints as to what the remaining characters may be headed toward. Here’s what the film may have told fans about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. (Plenty of Endgame spoilers ahead.)
The Guardians of the Galaxy films are essential to the MCU
The Marvel Cinematic Universe wouldn’t be what it is today without the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Though it started off as a generally unknown property to the general public, the humorous tone, bright colors, and fantastically scored 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy opened viewers up to an exciting new world of Marvel characters and storylines.
What’s more, its inclusion was imperative to the ultimate conclusion to the first three phases of the MCU. As we now know, Thanos
is was the adopted father of Gamora and Nebula, who first appear GOTG. Thanos and his quest to acquire the Infinity Stones is the common thread of the saga, and couldn’t have been done (or, later, reversed) without the help of the Guardians.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 faced some hurdles
The upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 hasn’t always been a guarantee. The success of the first two GOTG movies, as well as the typical MCU pattern of making each franchise-within-the-franchise a trilogy, seemingly secured its future — but then there was James Gunn-gate.
You can read all about the whole thing if you really want to, but basically what happened is that Gunn was fired after some old, very distasteful tweets were unearthed. The movie was put on hold until Marvel could find another director, but ultimately, enough time passed that the company was willing to give Gunn back the reins. So all is well (for now).
Here’s what happened in Endgame that could affect Vol. 3
Let’s set the scene: The Avengers, the Guardians, and all of their allies have defeated Thanos. Tony Stark (Iron Man) is gone (RIP), as are Gamora and Natasha (Black Widow), whose deaths could not be reversed due to sacrifice they made for the Soul Stone. The Guardians (plus Thor) are back on their ship, and who knows where they’re headed.
Well, we do have one clue. In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, we see Peter Quill (Star-Lord) using his ship’s technology to search for Gamora. You see, Gamora from the year 2014 was brought to 2023 for the final battle by Thanos, and somewhere in there, she switched sides to help out Nebula. So, could the next mission for the Guardians be a hunt for this Gamora?
What else is expected to happen in Vol. 3?
OK, here’s where things get interesting. In GOTG, the main characters all band together after acquiring the Power Stone, which they work to keep from Ronan. The second movie brings a new threat in the form of Peter Quill’s dad, Ego, and doesn’t really tie into the Infinity Stones plot. Now, the third film, which is coming in a post-Endgame, will need to have an entirely new villain — and we think we know who it will be.
All evidence up until now has pointed to Adam Warlock. This has been rumored, and even (gently) confirmed by Gunn pre-firing. However, we have a long way to go until the third GOTG flick is here: Gunn will be fulfilling a prior commitment and directing The Suicide Squad for DC before he comes back to the MCU. At present, a 2022 release date is projected, so we’ll have to wait and see.