The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) continues to expand and evolve, with James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” trilogy drawing to a close. However, the story of the Guardians is far from over. Let’s explore what we know about the future of these beloved characters in the MCU, based on the hints provided in the credits scenes of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.”
➡ Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.”
The New Guardians Roster
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” offers two credit scenes that shed light on the future of the Guardians. The first scene revolves around the Guardians themselves, while the second focuses on their departed founder, Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord (played by Chris Pratt).
As the trilogy concludes, the Guardians roster undergoes significant changes. Some characters leave to find themselves or return to their non-Guardian lives, while others remain to protect the galaxy. This credit scene reveals a nearly new lineup that includes Adam Warlock (Will Poulter), Kraglin (Sean Gunn), Groot (Vin Diesel), Cosmo (Maria Bakalova), one of the High Evolutionary’s “evolved” children, and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn) as the group’s new leader.
In this scene, the Guardians are on an unknown planet, protecting settlers from a stampede of mysterious creatures. Before the action begins, Rocket plays “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone, a nod to the song featured in the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” film.
Whether this version of the Guardians will reappear in future MCU installments remains uncertain, but the credits do contain an Easter egg for comic book fans. The new team’s child member is referred to as Phyla, who in the comics is known as Phyla-Vell—a character connected to the original Captain Marvel, Mar-Vell.
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Star-Lord’s Future in the MCU
The second credit scene focuses on Peter Quill’s life after the Guardians. He has settled in with his grandfather, and the two share a mundane moment eating breakfast cereal and discussing neighborhood matters. The scene concludes with a title card announcing “The legendary Star-Lord will return.”
However, the specifics of Star-Lord’s return are unclear. Marvel has not announced any plans involving Chris Pratt’s character, and there are no upcoming MCU projects that seem like an obvious fit for Star-Lord. The earliest potential appearance could be in 2025’s “Avengers: Kang Dynasty.”
Could there be a Star-Lord Disney Plus series or solo film in the works? Or perhaps Marvel plans to feature the character in future cameos to boost other movies or series? We’ll have to wait for an official announcement to find out.
In conclusion, while the “Guardians of the Galaxy” trilogy has reached its end, the future of the Guardians in the MCU remains an exciting mystery. With new characters and potential storylines, fans can look forward to more adventures in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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