“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” Trailer Unleashes Adam Warlock on the Galactic Gang

Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) is in a reflective mood at the top of the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. He recounts how he started the Guardians, met a girl (Zoe Saldana’s Gamora), fell in love, and then that girl died. So it’s a sad story. But wait, she came back! But the problem is, according to Star-Lord, she came back….”a total d*ck.” Rude. Unsurprisingly, Gamora’s not having it. You know who agrees? Her sister, Nebula (Karen Gillan). This sets up the trailer’s great twist, which arrives at the very end.

Thus the tone is set for the final cosmic adventure for our not-so-merry band of galactic goofballs. Writer/director James Gunn has, of course, moved on to DC Studios where he’s now the new boss, along with producer Peter Safran, of the entire DC Studios slate. So Vol. 3 is not just the last go-round for our Guardians, but for Gunn’s tour with Marvel Studios. The trailer shows what made the very first Guardians film such a hoot—these oddball characters can’t help but save the universe, even if they can barely stand each other half the time. Along with Star-Lord, Gamora, and Nebula are Drax (Dave Bautista), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff). Their new mission will pit them against Adam Warlock (Will Poulter) and a slew of challenges that they’ll only be able to survive if they stick together.  

Vol 3. will also reveal Rocket’s tragic backstory, which is connected to the High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji)’s mission to create a perfect society. As Rocket attests, the High Evolutionary’s real motivation wasn’t perfection, but hating the universe as it was. This led to the experiments that turned Rocket into a talking, weapons-loving raccoon.

The Guardians will lay it all on the line for this final hurrah, one that includes a hilarious new wrinkle that was teased at the top of the trailer—when the current iteration of Gamora says it seems like Star-Lord and Nebula are the ones actually in love, there’s a moment where Star-Lord wonders, wait, are we?

The joy of the Guardians films has always been in the banter that surrounds the chaos and mischief and heroics, which will be here in spades. Also, there’s freedom in saying goodbye. Gunn and his collaborators knew that this was it, and Vol. 3 will therefore hold nothing back.  

Check out the trailer below. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 hits theaters on May 5:

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Featured image: (L-R): Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Dave Bautista as Drax, and Pom Klementieff as Mantis in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2023 MARVEL.


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