Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: There is no question that Star-Lord and the Guardians have a future; the only question is what that future holds.
The Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy directed by James Gunn may have reached its conclusion, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe will continue to expand. And much like in Marvel Comics, this indicates that the saga of the Guardians has not reached its conclusion; even Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 includes scenes in the credits that hint at a continuation of the plot. Even though we don’t have a lot of information regarding the next place we’ll see the Guardians, let’s go over all we do know about it.
Two scenes take place during the credits in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, one in the middle of the credits, and the other towards the very end of the credits. The first one focuses on the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the second one discusses the character of Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt and also known as Star-Lord after he has passed away.
The New Guardians of the Galaxy
The events that take place after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 result in significant changes to the roster of the Guardians, as certain people leave to either discover who they are or return to their lives outside of the Guardians, while others remain to continue guarding the galaxy. This scene gives us hints about a nearly entirely new roster for the Guardians, including one of the “evolved” children of the High Evolutionary, Adam Warlock (played by Will Poulter), Kraglin (played by Sean Gunn), Groot (played by Vin Diesel), Cosmo (played by Maria Bakalova), and Rocket Raccoon (played by Bradley Cooper and Sean Gunn), who will serve as the group’s new leader.
They are on an unknown planet, protecting some unknown settlers from a stampede of unknown beasts; however, just before they do so, Rocket pulls up the Zune Peter bequeathed to him, and in a sweet nod back to the movie that started it all, he puts on “Come and Get Your Love,” which is from Redbone’s 1973 album Wovoka.
Will there be another outing for this particular incarnation of the Guardians of the Galaxy? Nobody knows! Nobody outside of the confines of Marvel Studios, at the very least. However, the actual credits (the things that run between the scenes of the credits) contain a bit of a hidden joke or easter egg for comic book fans. It says that the new kid on the team’s name is Phyla.
In the Marvel Comics universe, Phyla-Vell is… well, take a look. It’s convoluted, but you can think of her as being linked to the original Captain Marvel, who was a Kree warrior named Mar-Vell. This family of space explorers is loosely connected.
Does this mean that a brand-new Marvel superhero has just made their debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? That is not clear; the High Evolutionary or the Guardians of the Galaxy are not involved in any way with the beginning of Phyla-Vell’s story in the comic books. Nerds, however, will take notice of anything having to do with Phyla, whether it’s the beginning of Phyla-Vell’s journey in the MCU or just a character named Phyla.
The Immortal Star-Lord Will Reappear in the Future
If you stick around until the end of the credits, you’ll be able to better understand what Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 wants to say about the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU’s) future. We go back to Peter Quill, who has made himself at home with his grandfather to the point where they are having breakfast cereal together and comparing notes on the different approaches taken by their neighbors to mowing their lawns. The absurdity of the situation is enhanced by the juxtaposition of a title card that states, “The legendary Star-Lord will return.”
However, where? There are no prospective Marvel Cinematic Universe projects that seem like a shoo-in for Chris Pratt, and Marvel has not officially confirmed any plans that incorporate Star-Lord or Chris Pratt. This won’t change until Avengers: Kang Dynasty is scheduled to be released in 2025.
Does Marvel have a Star-Lord feature or series planned for Disney Plus or release on its own? Do they have plans for future cameo appearances in other films or television shows? That is not impossible. But before we can be certain of anything, we will need to wait for an official declaration.
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