By Hannah Lozada
Finally, the new film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 is in theaters. It was previously released at Disneyland Paris on April 22, 2023, but it was released on May 5, 2023 in the United States and other areas. Shortly after May 5th, the film will be available on streaming platforms like Disney+, and on physical video formats like DVD and Blu-Ray.
Ever since the trailer was released on December 1st, 2022, fans have been extremely excited for the new upcoming movie. Some fans feel bittersweet since this movie will sadly conclude the trilogy of the series. This could be a controversial decision towards fans who want a fourth movie. However, a fourth installment of this series is unfortunately not happening in the future. James Gunn, the director of the three films in the Guardians of the Galaxy series confirms that Vol. 3 will end the trilogy. In 2022, at the San Diego Comic-Con, he stated, “This is the end of that story. I’m sorry. Some stories have an end. It doesn’t mean everybody dies.”
Many iconic cast members are back to play their roles for one final time. These people include Chris Pratt as Peter Quill and Star-Lord, Zoe Saldaña as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Groot, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Sylvester Stallone as Stakar Ogord and Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, and Bradley Cooper as (adult) Rocket. Surprisingly, Rocket will be voiced by different voice actors during this movie aside from Cooper. This includes Noah Raskin as baby Rocket and Sean Gunn (James Gunn’s brother) as younger Rocket.
New cast members are also introduced to the franchise’s final film. This includes Will Poulter as Adam Warlock, Asim Choudhry as Teefs the Walrus, Linda Cardellini as Lylla the Otter, Mikaela Hoover as Floor the Rabbit, Iwuji as the High Evolutionary and Maria Bakalova as Cosmo the Spacedog (she was previously featured in the “Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special”).
The movie trailer has brought some concerns to people online. It features some of the anthropomorphic characters going through procedures that leave them with robotic limbs and contraptions attached to them. Gunn quickly confirmed that no animals were harmed in the film. According to an article from Collider, Gunn states, “…I was very, very careful about what we see in terms of animals being hurt because it is something I’m incredibly squeamish about, and [other] people are squeamish about…You don’t see very much, in terms of violence or harm to animals, but you do see these little animals, the results of which are not the most beautiful, but somehow they’re extraordinarily cute.”
The animals aren’t real, they are made from CGI technology. From the same article, Gunn continues his statement, “…real camera movements [are] worked by real camera operators, but the world itself is completely [made from] CGI…a lot of its real locations that we actually mapped [out were] put into that universe. So it’s pretty cool in that respect[,] and technologically really forward.”
The cast members and technology will hopefully improve the quality of the movie. Fans will remember the memories that this franchise has given them as the series comes to an end.