We finally get our third instalment to the heroes defending the universe from the villains in Guardians of the Galaxy 3. It has been a long wait for us lovers of this band of heroes as they traverse the universe helping civilisations conquer their troubles.
In GOTG Vol. 3, James Gunn does not feature a ton of MCU easter eggs as a franchise at large, but if you are a fan of the Guardians of the Galaxy, you will notice tie-ins to their previous engagements as well as being introduced to new allies and villains. You will also get cameos from the earlier instalments featuring prominently in this volume release.
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Before I can list the easter eggs, references, and teases, stop reading from here on, as this article has spoilers that will ruin the movie for you. Head to your local cinema to watch Mavel’s GOTG Vol. 3, then return to find out what you have missed.
Guardians take over Marvel’s Intro
The movie starts in a sombre mood that may be a call out to the fact that James Gunn is directing the final Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Unlike previous MCU movie titles that characters in earlier phases, this film starts by only highlighting characters that will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3. The film also highlights the fact that Peter Quill is highly distraught as he lost Gamora in the events of the infinity war, and this has led him to binge drink, passing out in front of friends and having them carry him back to his quarters. However, all this somberness is short-lived as Adam Warlock arrives to charge the atmosphere with action.
Adam Warlock Debutes
Adam Warlock was teased to debut in the MCU during the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But if you do not remember this tease, let me refresh your mind. The post-credit scenes show the Leader of the Sovereign with a golden cacoon promising revenge on the Guardians. Well, the golden dude that appears and ruins the peaceful atmosphere in Knowehere – where guardians have settled and turned into the base – is Adam Warlock. He is genetically modified and has immense powers that will be a great hindrance to the guardians in their quest during the events of this movie.
Some of the cameo appearances in the movie are at a minimum, but when they do appear, they all come at once. You will get Kraglin (Sean Gunn), Cosmo (Maria Bakalova), Howard the Duck (Seth Green), Bzermikitokolok (Rhett Miller) and the Broker (Christopher Fairbank), all playing a cosmic version of poker and arguing about Kraglin calling cosmo a bad dog. Other cameos to grace our screens include Yondu. But you may wonder how? Well, Yondu died in the events of Vol. 2, but he briefly returns in a vision Kraglin has before figuring out how to wield Yondu’s arrow.
Supporting actors tunned regulars
James Gunn likes to re-use actors he has a wonderful working experience with. This is why you will spot familiar voices or faces in Guardians Vol. 3, as they lend their voices and may appear as supporting characters. It may be from another James movie or other Guardians films. Nathan Fillion has small appearances in previous Guardians movies, but in Vol. 3, he gets more screen time as a supporting actor. Others include Jennifer Holland (The Suicide Squad, Peacemaker), Gregg Henry (Slither), Pete Davison(The Suicide Squad), Daniela Melchior(The Suicide Squad), Judy Greer(The Specials), and Linda Cardellini(Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed).
Rockets origins explained
James Gunn has finally revealed the mystery surrounding Rocket Racoon. We get to know how he was created and share his trauma. We see his friends Lylla, Teefs and Floor becoming friends and finally being murdered by the High Evolutionary. Lylla pays homage to the Vol. 1 easter egg, where we see that Rocket’s associate is Lylla. We also bond over the bitterness he always shows because of the experiments that the High Evolutionary performs on the creatures. This fact is not subtle, but it answers questions that viewers have always been wondering.
Peter Quill takes responsibility for Thanos’s Snap
Peter finally acknowledges that he is partially responsible for Thanos’ Snap. While remembering the events of the Infinity War, he mentions that his emotional response after learning about Gomora’s death led to the Mad Titan getting the upper hand.
A new Marvel hero is created
The High Evolutionary experiments will bring forth a new Marvel hero as Phyla-Vell is confirmed that she is among the kid prisoner. Phyla-Vell will be a powerful cosmic Marvel hero and will be an official member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, as shown in the post-credits. What you did not know about Phyla-Vell, is that the MCU changed her origins by connecting her powers to High Evolutionary’s experiments instead of her being the daughter of the original Captain Marvel and an Eternal in Marvel Comics.
Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Post Credit Scenes
We all love that MCU always leaves traces of what the heroes will be doing in their upcoming movies, and this is what they do in Guardians of the Galaxy 3. First, you will see that all heroes will disband and pursue different goals. While Peter heads back to Earth to find and spend time with his grandfather, Dax settles in Knowhere while Rocket Racoon, Groot, Cosmo, Kraglin, Adam Warlock and Phyla-Vell team up to form the new Guardians of the Galaxy. There is also a post-credit shout-out to Kevin Bacon in a newspaper headline ‘Alien Abduction: Kevin Bacon Tells All!’ after the events of the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.
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