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Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Ending Explained (What Happens, What's Next & What It Means)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has long been billed as the ending of the team's journey, so here is everything explained about the culmination of the MCU's beloved found family's story. Since James Gunn began writing Guardians of the Galaxy 3, the writer-director has been insistent on the finality of the film. Starting in 2014, the journey of the Guardians of the Galaxy has been one of the more important to the MCU besides the Avengers, meaning the ending of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was always expected to hit hard emotionally.

By Superheroes.VersePublished 5 months ago 4 min read

Galaxy 3 really means, the film brings a perfect sense of closure. In spite of the threads left open for future appearances, this iteration of the Guardians is truly over. The film perfectly encapsulates each character arc, from Drax and Nebula's raising of the children to Gamora's search for a family and Quill's reconciliation with his relatives, the film's ending truly means the end for the Guardians that have been around since 2014. This is typified perfectly by Rocket's arc, which emotionally grounds the entire film and makes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 one of the MCU's best efforts since Avengers: Endgame.

Here's everything we know about Guardians of the Galaxy 4. Marvel Studios launched the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise in 2014 with director James Gunn, who helped the first trilogy in the franchise starring Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, Groot, and Nebula. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3's release in May 2023 marks the conclusion of the story Gunn wanted to tell, with the sequel serving as a sendoff for this version of the Guardians team. Even though the characters were considered incredibly obscure prior to their Marvel Cinematic Universe debuts, the success of the franchise has kept Guardians of the Galaxy 4 a possibility.

Marvel Studios has shown a willingness to expand trilogies into longer-running franchises as the MCU has continued. Thor: Love and Thunder, which included the Guardians of the Galaxy, became the first solo MCU franchise to have four installments. Captain America: New World Order and the eventual MCU Spider-Man 4 will add to this trend. Guardians of the Galaxy 4 could be another example of Marvel Studios going down this path even if James Gunn is not involved and new team members take leading roles within the franchise.

Guardians of the Galaxy 4 Latest News

Updates on Guardians of the Galaxy 4 have not been common to this point. Marvel Studios has yet to officially announce that the sequel is in development. If Guardians of the Galaxy 4 does happen, waiting until after Guardians of the Galaxy 3's release to see how audiences respond to the movie is the smart move. The one Guardians of the Galaxy 4 news update that has come is the indication that James Gunn will not direct the film. He has maintained his stance that this story was always meant to be a trilogy. Furthermore, his position at DC Studios means he cannot work on anything Marvel-related for four years.

Guardians of the Galaxy 4 Release Date Info

Without an official announcement about the movie's development, there is no Guardians of the Galaxy 4 release date set. Marvel Studios originally launched the franchise in August because it was viewed as a riskier film. Once the Guardians of the Galaxy characters became worldwide stars, they got bumped up to the prime May release slots for both sequels. The best case scenario for Guardians of the Galaxy 4's release date is likely May 2027. This would make the film a part of Phase 7 and help introduce a new direction for the MCU after Avengers: Secret Wars and the Multiverse Saga.

Guardians of the Galaxy 4 Cast Info

The Guardians of the Galaxy 4 cast is going to look very different compared to the previous three movies. Zoe Saldaña and Dave Bautista have both been very open about the fact that they are ready to be done with the MCU and playing Gamora and Drax, respectively. Saldaña and Bautista have both stated that they think it is time for Marvel to recast the roles. Whether Chris Pratt returns as Star-Lord, Karen Gillan returns as Nebula, and Pom Klementieff returns as Mantis will depend on how Guardians of the Galaxy 3 ends their stories. Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel should continue to voice Rocket and Groot if they appear.

Guardians of the Galaxy 4 Story Details Info

It is unclear what Guardians of the Galaxy 4's story will be about. The franchise could expand the MCU's cosmic storytelling in several different ways. The one narrative that is likely to be explored in Guardians of the Galaxy 4 is seeing how the next version of the team operates. Due to the legacy of the original team, the next Guardians of the Galaxy roster will need to try and live up to this name. Coming into conflict with massive cosmic threats like the Universal Church of Truth, Shi'ar Empire, and other potential villains will also test the resolve of the new group as they learn to come together.

Who Will Be On The Team In Guardians of the Galaxy 4

The Guardians of the Galaxy 4 team should include a variety of MCU characters that have already been introduced and some new faces. Guardians of the Galaxy 3 introducing Adam Warlock (Will Poulter) is a likely sign that he will be part of the new Guardians of the Galaxy team. There is also a strong chance that Cosmo the Spacedog (Maria Bakalova) will return. Whichever members from the main group survive Guardians of the Galaxy 3 are likely to remain as well. As for the new characters who could join Guardians of the Galaxy 4, Phyla-Vell, Moondragon, and Nova could be options.

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