The Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy may have come to a close, but the MCU is far from done with these beloved characters.
Here’s a breakdown of where each character could appear next in the MCU:
When could the new Guardians of the Galaxy return to the MCU?
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 concludes with a new team made up of Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Craglin, Cosmo the Spacedog, Adam Warlock, and Phyla. These Guardians are still out there protecting the galaxy and are poised to make a future appearance in the MCU.
The inclusion of Phyla, who is connected to Captain Marvel in the comics, leaves the door open for a potential adventure with the Guardians in a future Captain Marvel movie.
When could Star-Lord return to the MCU?
The post-credits scene of Guardians 3 confirms that Star-Lord will return, but it’s uncertain when or how that will happen. Since Peter Quill is left on Earth with his grandfather, it’s unclear where he fits into the MCU’s future.
However, it’s possible that Peter could be involved in the Secret Wars storyline, as two Avengers who know him, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man, are likely to be involved in the upcoming Marvel event.
When could Gamora return to the MCU?
Gamora is now one of the Ravagers alongside Stakar, and is no longer connected to the other Guardians except for her sister Nebula. Zoe Saldana has confirmed that Vol. 3 was her last appearance as Gamora, but there is the possibility that someone else could play the role in a future movie.
It’s uncertain how the Ravagers and Gamora could factor into a future MCU title, but it’s possible that she could appear in a Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvels, or even Fantastic Four movie.
What about the other former Guardians on Knowhere?
Drax and Nebula end the movie ruling/watching over the people of Knowhere, including those saved from The High Evolutionary. Dave Bautista has confirmed that his time in the MCU is over, and it’s unclear if Karen Gillan will return as Nebula.
However, it’s relatively easy to recast Drax and Nebula, so it’s possible that they could return in a future movie. They could even be the founders of the MCU’s version of the Knowhere Corps, a group founded to protect Knowhere that once included Cosmo and Mantis in the comics.
Mantis left Knowhere on a journey of self-discovery with three Abilisks. In the comics, she has a close connection to Kang the Conqueror as his bride, making her a likely candidate to appear in Kang Dynasty or Secret Wars.
Will there be another Guardians of the Galaxy movie?
Yes, there will be another Guardians of the Galaxy movie. The third movie in the series, titled “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” is currently in production and set to release in 2023.
Will all the original Guardians be in the next movie?
No, not all of the original Guardians will be in the next movie. While Rocket Raccoon and Groot will be in the movie, the team will also include new members like Phyla, Craglin, Cosmo the Spacedog, and Adam Warlock.
Will Chris Pratt be in the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie?
Yes, Chris Pratt will be in the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie. He will reprise his role as Peter Quill, also known as Star-Lord.
Will Zoe Saldana return as Gamora in the next movie?
It’s currently unclear whether Zoe Saldana will return as Gamora in the next movie. While Gamora is still alive in the MCU, Saldana has stated that “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” will be her last appearance as the character.
Will Dave Bautista return as Drax in the next movie?
It’s currently unclear whether Dave Bautista will return as Drax in the next movie. Bautista has stated that “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” will be his last appearance as the character.
Will there be a connection between the Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel?
Yes, there will be a connection between the Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel. The inclusion of Phyla, who has connections to both the Guardians and Captain Marvel in the comics, suggests that there will be some sort of crossover between the two franchises in the future.