Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, with James Gunn once more at the helm, will finally hit theaters in 2023. Four years after the events of Avengers: Endgame, MCU fans will learn what the lovable rascals that make up the Guardians have been up to aside from palling around with Thor. Perhaps most important is searching for the 2014 version of Gamora (Zoe Saldana), after she abandoned the team with no knowledge of their time together.
The incredible cast of the first two films is back, including Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Dave Bautista as Drax, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon, and Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot. But there are also several new characters to interact with, such as Will Poulter's Adam Warlock, who is meant to be a perfect embodiment of humanity. And, of course, there is a new villain in the form of Chukwudi Iwuji's High Evolutionary.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
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While at San Diego Comic-Con, Screen Rant spoke to James Gunn and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 about their respective arcs in the new MCU film and how far the Guardians have come since their inception. Watch the videos below and read selected quotes from the interviews!
If Star-Lord had a love of his life, it would definitely be Gamora. How is he dealing with losing her?
Chris Pratt: You're absolutely right. Gamora is the love of Star-Lord's life; the romantic love of his life. He's dealt with the loss of Yondu, and of course of his mother. And now he's dealing with the loss of Gamora, the one person he found who truly knew him and loved him. She doesn't know who he is.
That's really had a profound impact on him personally, and his ability to be a leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy. It opens the Guardians up to [attack] and makes them vulnerable. That's where you catch him. He's dealing with that, for sure.
Is Star-Lord feeling more secure now that Thor has left the team?
Chris Pratt: There's nothing about Star-Lord that's feeling secure, right as you catch him. He's feeling like he's barely keeping it together.
Has the Guardians' time with Thor changed the team?
James Gunn: No, I wrote the script without ever thinking that they ever going to be with Thor, so it hasn't affected them at all.
How might your approach to Adam Warlock surprise comic fans?
James Gunn: I think, like all of the Guardians, he has a very specific personality. When you have a character like Adam, who has been written by a bunch of different comic book writers, each one has their own take on Adam. This is our take on Adam, and I think he's a pretty spectacular character.
You're playing a character that's essentially perfect. How do you deal with the pressure of being perfect, and how did that affect your approach to the character?
Will Poulter: The first thing to confront is that I am very, very far from perfect.
I think one of the cool things about this character is that James certainly allowed me to kind of explore Adam's imperfections as well, while he orientates himself. He's in his infancy at this point of the story, so he's really trying to orientate himself in this world as effectively a newborn.
What does Adam Warlock bring to the Guardians galaxy that they haven't seen before?
Will Poulter: I think because he is so young, and he really has just been birthed - he was teased at the end of the second movie, and now he's out of the cocoon and trying to work out what the hell is going on - I think that offers a unique perspective on the world that is Guardians. It was just fun to play my note in this orchestra of great characters.
How has Mantis changed from Guardians 2 to now?
Pom Klementieff: She learned a lot more about herself, she's on a journey of self discovery, and she feels more self-confident and more in her own power.
You're gonna see more of that. She's gonna be like, "Grr... More action, dude!"
Can you talk about the familial dynamic, and how that's changed this time around?
Pom Klementieff: What I love about the Guardians family is it always feels like a dysfunctional family, but it's in a beautiful way. It feels very funny, but very emotional too. And they just stick together, but it's beautiful because it reflects how we stick together in real life. You can't separate us, you know?
How is Kraglin adapting to becoming a member of the Guardians after losing his first crew and captain?
Sean Gunn: I think that Kraglin's trying to get his stuff together, let's say. He still has not mastered the arrow; he's working on it. His journey mirrors in some way the journey of the Guardians over the course of the three movies. Like, "Let's make this work. Let's try to put it together."
He is not there yet, but ask me again after you watch the next movie.
You're the performer for Rocket Raccoon. What's the wildest physical action you had to pull off for this sequel?
Sean Gunn: Anytime that I squat like a catcher in a baseball game, and then sometimes I have to walk across the room from that position. I'm always feeling it at the end of the night.
Fortunately, I didn't have to do that too many times. But I did have to do it, and that's what gets me.
Rocket's origin seem to be a huge part of Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Can you tease the High Evolutionary's ties to not only his past, but maybe his present?
Chukwudi Iwuji: The High Evolutionary, who's been around for eons, is actually connected to a hell of a lot of the characters in this movie. I've been seeing a lot of talk about it being about Rocket specifically, but actually, he's connected to a lot of people. Let's just say that he affects a lot of people's lives in a not-so-nice way.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Synopsis
In Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 our beloved band of misfits are looking a bit different these days. Peter Quill, still reeling from the loss of Gamora, must rally his team around him to defend the universe along with protecting one of their own. A mission that, if not completed successfully, could quite possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.
Catch our previous interviews with Chris Pratt for The Terminal List & Jurassic World: Dominion, and with James Gunn for Peacemaker.