Marvel Just Screened the First Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Footage

Marvel Just Screened the First Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Footage
Rocket and Groot in Thor: Love and Thunder. (Image: Marvel Studios)

It’s easy to forget that four years ago James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The whole situation was messy but as a result, when the filmmaker took the stage in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 to reveal the first footage from the long-awaited, highly anticipated sequel, it was more than just a reveal. It was a homecoming. And it was well worth the wait.

When last we left the Guardians of the Galaxy, they’d been hanging with Thor for a few years. Now they’re back on their own adventures. Finding Gamora is on the to-do list. Meeting Adam Warlock (Will Poulter) is too. And here’s what happened in the footage that Gunn screened in Hall H, which is unlikely to make it online.

By the time of the third movie, the Ravagers are now being lead by Gamora, who we see having a fun, banter-laden reunion with Peter Quill after their… complicated relationship troubles in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, as the latter tries to get the former to remember him. In new footage screened to fans, we see glimpses of a young baby Rocket Raccoon in flashbacks, which will play a major role in Volume 3 as we explore his origins as the test subject of cruel experimentation on the planet Halfworld. Also featured in the footage was Cosmo the psychic Russian dog and, in the comics, security chief of the space station Knowhere, played by Borat’s Maria Bakalova. Plus: an all-gold, all dazzling glimpse at Adam Warlock, played by Will Poulter, and a glimpse of the High Evolutionary — a powerful being who now, thanks to the MCU, is actually the person who transformed the Scarlet Witch and her brother Quicksilver into superpowered beings, leading them to believe they were the mutant children of Magneto in the comics — played by Peacemaker’s Chukwudi Iwuji. Check out a picture of Iwuji in costume, as he graced the panel:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 hits theatres May 5, 2023.

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