It’s time to face the music. Still reeling from the loss of Gamora, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) rallies his team to defend the universe and one of their own – a mission that could mean the end of the Guardians once and for all if it’s not successful. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 is once again written and directed by the American writer / filmmaker James Gunn, director of the movies Slither, Super, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and DC’s The Suicide Squad previously, plus this year’s Guardians Holiday Special; he also wrote the screenplay for Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead and Greg McLean’s The Belko Experiment. Based on the comic book characters created by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Produced by Kevin Feige at Marvel Studios. (courtesy First Showing)
What a wild ride its been!
Following Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1, and Vol. 2, which introduced to the saviours of the universe – let’s face it, naming aside, they have rescued way more than just the galaxy – and this year’s just-release The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, we’re staring down the barrel of a brand new instalment in one of the most fun, emotionally resonant franchises Marvel has gifted us in its ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
With its mix of hilarity and pathos, and a soundtrack to end all other soundtracks, the Guardians series has been a welcome reminder that while saving the world, galaxy, whatever is deadly serious business, with a LOT on the line, that it’s possible to be silly and funny on the way.
Whether its Groot (Vin Diesel) with his three-word language that apparently relies on all kinds of nuanced intonation, or Rocket (Bradley Cooper) getting ready to give ’em all hell, Gamora (Zoe Saldaña) going all out or Drax (Dave Bautista) using his brute strength to brilliantly decisive, laugh-filled effect, Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill’s use his Ego-rich humanity to make things better or Nebula (Karen Gillan) finding out she has some residual humanity after all or Mantis (Pom Klementieff) wearing her heart of her empathetic sleeve, Guardians of the Galaxy is an MCU gem of the highest order.
Spending more time with everyone of these people, humans and aliens alike will be a joy, and with The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special acting as a neat prologue to the final film in the current trilogy, there’s a lot to look forward in a galaxy where facing the music is gong to be an intense ride to all kinds of amazing places.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 releases 4 May in Australia 2023 and 5 May USA.