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"My beloved raccoon, this story has been yours all along. You just didn't know it."
Lylla to Rocket Raccoon

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (stylized as Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3) is a 2023 superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. The film is a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Endgame and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. It is the thirty-second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the second installment of Phase Five. The film was released on May 5, 2023.

The film is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Sean Gunn as Kraglin Obfonteri, Chukwudi Iwuji as High Evolutionary, Will Poulter as Adam Warlock, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Maria Bakalova as Cosmo and Sylvester Stallone as Stakar Ogord.

Synopsis[]

In Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 our beloved band of misfits are settling into life on Knowhere. But it isn't long before their lives are upended by the echoes of Rocket's turbulent past. Peter Quill, still reeling from the loss of Gamora, must rally his team around him on a dangerous mission to save Rocket's life—a mission that, if not completed successfully, could quite possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.[1]

Plot[]

GOTG Volume 3 Super Bowl Trailer (25)

Adam Warlock battles Drax

While the Guardians of the Galaxy restore the outpost on Knowhere, they put a drunken Peter Quill mourning the loss of Gamora to sleep. At that moment, Adam Warlock suddenly attacks the Guardians, who undergo severe injuries when managing to fight him back. The Guardians find Rocket Raccoon near death when Adam retreats, with Rocket having moments of his past flash before his eyes, meeting Lylla, Teefs and Floor from Batch 89 after being experimented on for the first time.

Guardians in spacesuits

The Guardians prepare to infiltrate the Orgoscope

The team finds out they can't interact with Rocket, enabling his kill switch, prompting them to find a way to override it and save Rocket by infiltrating OrgoCorp's, Rocket's experimenters, headquarters with help from the Ravagers. Alongside the Ravagers' newest member, Gamora, the Guardians enter the Orgoscope while Adam has returned to the High Evolutionary beside Ayesha, but without Rocket. The High Evolutionary threatens Ayesha to get Rocket back to him before he ends the Sovereign race.

Guardians escaping

The Guardians leave the Orgoscope damaged

Rocket remembers bettering the High Evolutionary's way of perfecting life as Peter, Gamora and Nebula get the pass key while Mantis and Drax get Groot to allow their escape to the Bowie. Seemingly obtaining what they were looking for, an alarm goes off sending Orgosentries toward the team. They thwart them and escape from the Orgoscope.

Gamora and Nebula

right Gamora and Nebula learn of Theel

Rocket has a flashback of him and his friends establishing their names and his promise to travel in a spaceship with them while the Guardians view Rocket's experimentation on the file they got, embedding no pass key. They however find that one of the High Evolutionary's recorders, Theel, has this key downloaded in his memory. They set out to find him on Counter-Earth as Ayesha confronts a Ravager, fried by Adam when wanting him to tell Gamora's whereabouts, later following Gamora.

Star-Lord Groot

Star-Lord and Groot escape Arête Laboratories

Upon the Guardians' arrival, Rocket is reminded of the High Evolutionary's meltdown concerning Rocket's method being proven to be better. He told Rocket he was never meant to live on Counter-Earth with his friends, who would be shot when Rocket tried to save them, escaping afterwards. With Ayesha's incoming arrival, the Guardians asks a resident's help of finding the recorder, being lead toward the ship ahead. Quill and Groot meet the High Evolutionary and the recorder while War Pig is sent to capture Rocket, though fought by Gamora. The ship begins to lift off as the High Evolutionary blows Counter-Earth up, leading Quill to leap off of it with Theel when Nebula, Drax and Mantis try and save them.

Knowhere before crashing into High Evolutionary's ship

Knowhere crashes into Arête Laboratories

Rocket sees a vision of his friends, being invited to join them in time, returning to his friends for now. When Nebula, Drax and Mantis are informed, they are held captive by the High Evolutionary, along with his Star Children, ordering the rest to bring him Rocket. The High Evolutionary's ship is however confronted by the Guardians and Knowhere's cannon. Once the Hell Spawn are released upon the Guardians and Knowhere, and the cannon fires into the laboratory, Drax's, Mantis' and Nebula's cage opens to three Abilisks Mantis manages to control. Adam Warlock, held captive on Quill and Gamora's ship, faces them when Gamora threatens his pet Blurp. They escape the ship with Blurp though, landing upon the laboratory's entrance as the ship self-destructs.

The Guardians of the Galaxy

The Guardians enter Arête Laboratories

Entering the lab, all Guardians fend off the High Evolutionary's troops. They also free every other captive, leading them to Knowhere. Revisiting his former cage, Rocket finds out he is indeed a raccoon when rescuing a multitude of them. Rocket is soon apprehended by the High Evolutionary, who he fights along with his team members. With the opportunity to end his life, Rocket decides to spare him due to his status as a Guardian of the Galaxy. The High Evolutionary would be imprisoned on Knowhere.[2] They have the caged animals hop aboard Knowhere as well, but Quill unfortunately loses his Zune, rushing to retrieve it and try to make it back in time. He slowly drifts in space nonetheless, but was saved by Adam Warlock.

New Guardians of the Galaxy

Rocket Raccoon leads the new Guardians

Later, Quill, wanting to spend more time on Earth, Mantis, seeking independence, Drax, raising the Star Children, Nebula, leading Knowhere, and Gamora, returning to the Ravagers, disband from the team, with Rocket now the leader. The new Guardians of the Galaxy, with Warlock, Blurp and Star Child Phyla as new additions, embark on a mission on Krylor.

Peter Quill reunites with his grandfather

Peter Quill meets his grandfather again

On Earth, Quill reunites with his grandfather, Jason Quill, that he has not seen since his kidnapping. He'd enjoy breakfast as his grandfather reads a newspaper on Kevin Bacon's kidnapping.

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On March 15, 2017, James Gunn stated that there were plans for a third Guardians of the Galaxy film.[3]

On April 17, 2017, James Gunn announced that he would return to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, saying that the film would "conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond."[4] He also felt that the three Guardians films would "work together as a whole", telling one story.[5]

On April 27, 2018, Chris Pratt confirmed that he would be reprising his role as Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the film.[6]

On May 29, 2018, Dave Bautista confirmed that he would be reprising his role as Drax the Destroyer in the film.[7]

On June 25, 2018, Kevin Feige stated that James Gunn had completed the first draft of the screenplay and that the film would begin production in early 2019.[8]

On July 20, 2018, Walt Disney Studios severed ties with James Gunn after old tweets from Gunn surrounding topics such as rape and pedophilia resurfaced.[9]

On July 30, 2018, in response to James Gunn's firing, many of the Guardians cast members including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker, and Karen Gillan issued a statement in support of Gunn.[10]

On August 24, 2018, it was reported that the production of the film was put on hold as a result of James Gunn's firing, so Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios could "regroup".[11]

On October 18, 2018, it was reported that the working title of the film was "Hot Christmas".[12]

On March 15, 2019, it was reported that Walt Disney Studios had reinstated James Gunn as the writer and director of the film.[13]

On April 30, 2019, it was reported that film was expected to begin production in 2020.[14]

On June 2, 2019, Chris Hemsworth expressed his interest in possibly reprising his role as Thor in the film.[15]

On July 20, 2019, at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Kevin Feige announced that many projects, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, were in development.[16]

On November 29, 2019, Karen Gillan revealed that the film's script was finished and that she had read it.[17]

On November 20, 2020, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the film would begin production in late 2021.[18]

On December 10, 2020, during Disney's 2020 Investor Day, Kevin Feige announced that the film would be released in 2023.[19]

On May 3, 2021, it was revealed that the film would be released on May 5, 2023.[20]

On May 25, 2021, it was reported that the film's production location had been shifted from London to Atlanta.[21]

On June 28, 2021, during an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Chris Pratt revealed that the film was expected to shoot from November to April 2022.[22]

On July 27, 2021, it was reported that Sylvester Stallone would be reprising his role as Stakar Ogord in the film.[23]

On September 5, 2021, James Gunn revealed that he had begun storyboarding the film.[24]

On October 11, 2021, Deadline reported that Will Poulter had joined the cast of the film and that he would portray Adam Warlock.[25] That same day, James Gunn confirmed Poulter's casting.[26]

On October 12, 2021, James Gunn revealed that John Murphy would be composing the score for the film.[27]

On November 8, 2021, James Gunn revealed that the film had begun production[28] and confirmed that Chukwudi Iwuji had joined the cast of the film in an undisclosed role.[29]

On April 4, 2022, James Gunn revealed that the film had broken the Guinness World Record for "the most makeup appliances created for a single production".[30]

On May 6, 2022, James Gunn announced that the film had wrapped production.[31]

On June 1, 2022, Deadline reported that Daniela Melchior had joined the cast of the film in an undisclosed small role.[32]

On June 6, 2022, Deadline reported that Maria Bakalova had joined the cast of the film in an undisclosed key role.[33]

On June 14, 2022, Deadline reported that Nico Santos had joined the cast of the film in an undisclosed role.[34]

On July 23, 2022, at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Kevin Feige announced that Maria Bakalova would voice Cosmo in the film. It was also revealed that Chukwudi Iwuji would portray High Evolutionary in the film.[35]

On February 15, 2023, it was reported that Asim Chaudhry had joined the cast of the film in an undisclosed role.[36]

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Music[]

Song title Artist Location(s)
In the Meantime Spacehog

Official Trailer.
"Get Tickets Now" TV spot.
The Guardians of the Galaxy infiltrate the Orgoscope.

Since You Been Gone Rainbow

Second Trailer.
"Get Tickets Now" TV spot.
Rocket, Lylla, Floor and Teefs play in their cages.

Crazy on You Heart

"Face-Off" TV spot.
Adam Warlock flies into Knowhere.

Hooked on a Feeling Blue Swede Several TV spots.
Creep (Acoustic Version) Radiohead Opening credits.
Reasons Earth, Wind & Fire Groot lands the Bowie at the Orgoscope.
Do You Realize?? The Flaming Lips The Guardians of the Galaxy fly to Counter-Earth.
We Care A Lot Faith No More The Guardians of the Galaxy disembark the Bowie on Counter-Earth.
Koinu No Carnival (From "Minute Waltz") EHAMIC The Guardians of the Galaxy enter in the home of Neelie.
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows Alice Cooper Gamora wanders on the Bowie.
San Francisco The Mowgli's Gamora pilots the Bowie.
Poor Girl X Kraglin, Cosmo, and other civilians of Knowhere play a game of cards.
This Is The Day The The Knowhere jumps through the Universal Neural Teleportation Network.
No Sleep till Brooklyn Beastie Boys The Guardians of the Galaxy assemble and fight the High Evolutionary's soldiers.
Dog Days Are Over Florence + the Machine Ending dance number.
I Will Dare The Replacements End credits.
Come and Get Your Love Redbone Mid-credits scene.
Badlands Bruce Springsteen End credits.

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