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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is an upcoming 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, Thor: Love and Thunder, and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. It is the thirty-third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the tenth installment of Phase Four. The film is set to be released on May 5, 2023.[3]

The film is written and directed by James Gunn[1] and stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel as Groot, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, and Sean Gunn as Kraglin Obfonteri.




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In March 2017, James Gunn stated that there were plans for a third Guardians of the Galaxy film.[17]

In April 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."[18] He also felt that the three Guardians films would "work together as a whole," telling one story.[19]

In April 2018, Chris Pratt confirmed that he would reprise his role as Peter Quill/Star-Lord.[4] The next month, Dave Bautista confirmed that he would reprise his role as Drax the Destroyer.[7]

In June 2018, Kevin Feige stated that James Gunn had completed the first draft of the screenplay and that the film would start shooting in early 2019.[2]

In July 2018, The Walt Disney Company severed ties with James Gunn after old tweets from Gunn surrounding topics such as rape and pedophilia resurfaced.[20] In response, 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.[21] The production of the film was put on hold as a result of Gunn's firing, so Disney and Marvel could "regroup".[22]

In October 2018, it was reported that the working title of the film was "Hot Christmas".[23]

In March 2019, Disney rehired James Gunn as the director of the film.[1]

On April 30, 2019, it was reported that production on the film was expected to begin in 2020.[24]

In May 2019, Chris Hemsworth expressed interest in possibly reprising his Marvel Cinematic Universe role of Thor in the film.[25]

On July 20, 2019, at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Kevin Feige confirmed that many projects, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, were in development.[26]

On November 29, 2019, Karen Gillan revealed that the film's script was finished and that she had read it.[27]

On November 20, 2020, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the film would begin shooting in late 2021.[28]

On December 10, 2020, during Disney’s 2020 Investor Day, Kevin Feige revealed that the film would be released in 2023.[29]

On May 3, 2021, it was revealed that the film was scheduled to hit theaters on May 5, 2023.[3]

On May 25, 2021, it was reported that the film's production location had been shifted from London to Atlanta.[30]

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.[31]

On July 27, 2021, it was reported that Sylvester Stallone would be reprising his role as Stakar Ogord in the film.[14]

On September 5, 2021, James Gunn revealed that he had begun storyboarding the film.[32]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Disney Reinstates Director James Gunn For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy 3’
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kevin Feige Gives ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ Update
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Marvel Studios Celebrates The Movies
  4. 4.0 4.1 Guardians of the Galaxy 3: Chris Pratt teases ‘freaking amazing’ trilogy finale
  5. 5.0 5.1 Chris Pratt Confirms Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Films Next Year
  6. Avengers: Endgame Writers Reveal Gamora's Post-Endgame Fate
  7. 7.0 7.1 Dave Bautista Talks ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Spoilers
  8. James Gunn Teases the Completion of Rocket’s Arc in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’
  9. Karen Gillan on the Future of Nebula Post-‘Avengers: Endgame’ and James Gunn’s Return to ‘Guardians’
  10. James Gunn confirms Mantis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
  12. Jimmie Tramel: Tulsa-bound actor Sean Gunn knows Marvel-ous details, but can't share yet
  13. Guardians Of The Galaxy Director Confirms Kraglin Will Return For Vol. 3
  14. 14.0 14.1 Sylvester Stallone Returning For 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
  15. Adrian King Hin Lam is listed as his assistant on IMDb
  16. LaDell Preston is listed as his stunt double on IMDb
  17. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Teases The Guardians’ “Integral Part” In ‘Infinity War’
  18. 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3': James Gunn Returning to Write and Direct
  19. James Gunn says Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy works as 'one story'
  20. James Gunn Fired From ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Franchise Over Offensive Tweets
  21. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Cast Says It ‘Fully Supports’ James Gunn
  22. 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' Production Put on Hold
  23. 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' Working Title Revealed
  24. Robert Downey Jr.'s Massive Payday Tops 'Avengers: Endgame' Star Deals
  25. Chris Hemsworth Is Definitely Interested In Making Thor An Asgardian Of The Galaxy
  26. Marvel Cinematic Universe Shows Off 2020 & 2021 Slate: ‘Black Widow’, ‘Doctor Strange 2’, ‘Eternals’, ‘Shang-Chi & More
  27. Karen Gillan praises James Gunn's 'wonderful' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 script (exclusive)
  28. Marvel's 'Black Panther' Sequel Shoot to Begin in July (Exclusive)
  29. James Gunn Returns to Write and Direct ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special’ Ahead of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’
  31. Chris Pratt Thinks It’s Jimmy Kimmel’s Last Show Ever & Reveals Gift from Arnold Schwarzenegger
  32. James Gunn on Twitter - September 5, 2021

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Ant-Man and the Wasp: QuantumaniaGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
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She-Hulk (Season One)The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday SpecialSecret Invasion (Season One)
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