The sad end is in sight, folks. The new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 trailer has officially dropped, and we can already tell that we’re in for one hell of a rollercoaster. With this being James Gunn’s final project in the MCU, it is also the third and final chapter of the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy.
We always knew that the third Guardians instalment would open up with Star-Lord in a tricky place, struggling with the loss of Gamora off the back of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. And this is further solidified by the trailer, fading up with Peter Quill slumped over in a bar as he tries to drown his sorrows. However, his grief soon takes on a new form as Gamora returns, but not as Quill remembers her.
We also got an exciting glimpse of Chukwudi Iwuji in his role as the formidable High Evolutionary, who is being set up as the main villain in the Guardian’s closing chapter. In the original comics, the High Evolutionary was a geneticist from Oxford University in the 1930s. However, after being expelled from Oxford due to his unethical practices, he set up a headquarters at Mount Wundagore, where he could continue his depraved genetic experiments in peace, using them to build what he believed to be a perfect society. From what we see in the trailer for the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie, it appears that the High Evolutionary’s MCU arc will follow a similar format, with multiple shots of what fans presume to be experimentation. During this time, we hear his former victim, Rocket Racoon, lament the impact of the High Evolutionary’s twisted ideals.
This also suggests that the MCU will finally be giving Rocket a fully fleshed-out origin story, with him being the most prominent character in the experimentation flashbacks we see in this new trailer. We also see other animals appearing who have fallen victim to the High Evolutionary’s experiments, suggesting some intriguing and possibly tear-jerking arcs in Rockets’ backstory.
We also have Maria Bakalova reprising her role as Cosmo the Spacedog from The Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special. Her origins in the MCU are, as yet, unknown. But we’ve got a hunch that the High Evolutionary might have something to do with it. Either way, a well-loved character from the comics, we’re excited to see Cosmo finally making more appearances in the MCU.
We also got an exciting look at Will Poulter as Adam Warlock, and we can already tell that he’s going to be a force to be reckoned with. Causing chaos and destruction as he sweeps through towns and villages, it’s hinted that Warlock has really been let off the leash with his powers. His God-like abilities, paired with his impulsive nature, along with a possible hint of naivety, are going to make him a very dangerous and destructive force for the Guardians to deal with. It’ll be interesting to see how they handle this one, and how Warlock’s presence may tie in with that of the High Evolutionary. Will he remain an adversary, or will the Guardians manage to reign Warlock into their side? We can’t wait to find out!
Of course, we also have all the original Guardians cast reprising their roles, with Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldaña as Gamora, Karen Gillen as Nebula, and many more! We are hyped to see how the Guardian‘s final chapter will play out, but at the same time, we’re also dreading the heartbreak.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 will hit the big screen on May 5th 2023.
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