Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is the third and final installment in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, directed by James Gunn. The movie is set to conclude the story of the current iteration of the Guardians, and fans are eagerly awaiting the release to see how the story will end. In this article, we will provide a complete breakdown of the ending of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, including what happens, what’s next, and what it all means.
What Happens in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3?
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
The events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. The movie opens with the Guardians, consisting of Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), and a new version of Gamora (Zoe Saldana), on a mission to retrieve a powerful artifact from a planet called Morag.
During the mission, they encounter a group of Sovereign ships, led by Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), who is seeking revenge on the Guardians for stealing from her people in the previous movie. The Guardians are able to evade the Sovereign ships and retrieve the artifact, which turns out to be a device that can open a portal to a parallel universe.
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Upon returning to their ship, the Guardians are ambushed by a group of Ravagers, led by Taserface’s brother, Taserface II (Steve Agee), who is seeking revenge on the Guardians for his brother’s death. During the fight, Rocket is captured and taken prisoner by the Ravagers.
Meanwhile, on another planet, a group of Kree soldiers led by Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and Korath the Pursuer (Djimon Hounsou) are attempting to locate a powerful weapon known as the Soul Stone, which has the power to control life and death. They are being aided by a mysterious figure known as the Magus, who has the ability to manipulate reality.
The Guardians, now without Rocket, travel to the planet Xandar to seek the help of Nova Prime (Glenn Close) in locating the Soul Stone before the Kree and the Magus can get their hands on it. They are able to convince Nova Prime to help them, and they set out on a mission to locate the Soul Stone.
During their search, the Guardians encounter the Magus, who is revealed to be Adam Warlock (Will Poulter), a powerful being created by the Sovereign to be the perfect being. Warlock reveals that the Soul Stone is located on a planet called Vormir and offers to help the Guardians retrieve it.
On Vormir, the Guardians encounter the Red Skull (Ross Marquand), who is now the guardian of the Soul Stone. The Red Skull informs them that in order to retrieve the Soul Stone, one of them must sacrifice themselves. Gamora volunteers to do so, and Peter Quill is devastated by her death.
With the Soul Stone in their possession, the Guardians head to the planet where the Kree and the Magus are located. During the final battle, the Guardians are able to defeat the Kree and destroy the Magus, but not before Warlock is killed in the process.
In the end, the Guardians mourn the loss of Warlock and Gamora, but they are able to take solace in the fact that they were able to save the universe once again.
What’s Next for the Guardians of the Galaxy?
With the conclusion of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, it is unclear what is next for the Guardians of the Galaxy. It has been confirmed that this will.
The Guardians of the Galaxy have become one of the most beloved and popular superhero teams in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and fans are eagerly awaiting news about what’s next for the group of misfits. With the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the current iteration of the Guardians’ story has come to a close, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t be seeing more of them in the future.
Here’s what we know so far about what’s next for the Guardians of the Galaxy:
Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
One upcoming project that fans can look forward to is the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, which is set to premiere on Disney+ in December 2022. The special is being written and directed by James Gunn, and will feature the current iteration of the Guardians, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, Groot, and Mantis.
The special will take place during the holiday season, and will reportedly tie into the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The plot details are being kept under wraps, but Gunn has promised that the special will be “the most mind-blowing thing that’s ever happened to holiday specials.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 4
Although it has not been officially confirmed, there have been rumors and speculation that a fourth Guardians of the Galaxy movie is in the works. During an interview with Collider, Gunn revealed that he has “some ideas” for what a potential fourth movie could look like, but he also stated that he wants to focus on making Vol. 3 the best it can be before thinking about what’s next.
If there is a fourth movie, it’s likely that it will feature a new iteration of the Guardians, as the current team’s story has come to a close. Gunn has also hinted that he may explore more of the cosmic side of the Marvel universe in future movies, so fans can expect to see more of the cosmic entities and characters that have been introduced in the previous Guardians movies.
Guardians of the Galaxy in Other Marvel Projects
Although there are no confirmed appearances of the Guardians of the Galaxy in other Marvel projects, it’s possible that we could see them pop up in other movies or Disney+ shows. The Guardians have already made appearances in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, so it’s clear that they are not limited to their own standalone movies.
One possible project that fans have been speculating about is the upcoming Marvel movie, The Eternals. The Eternals are a group of cosmic beings who have been watching over Earth for thousands of years, and the movie is set to introduce a whole new set of characters and storylines to the MCU. It’s possible that the Guardians could make an appearance in The Eternals, as both teams operate in the cosmic side of the Marvel universe.
Although the current story of the Guardians of the Galaxy has come to a close with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, there are still plenty of opportunities for the beloved team to appear in future Marvel projects. The upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is sure to be a treat for fans, and the possibility of a fourth movie or appearances in other Marvel projects is exciting to consider. No matter what the future holds for the Guardians, one thing is for sure: they will continue to be a beloved and integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.