Ever since their MCU debut, the Guardians of the Galaxy has brought something fresh to the superhero franchise, expanding the world into outer space and providing comedy action set to a memorable soundtrack.

The team’s third solo film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3is set for release in May 2023, following their appearance in Thor: Love and Thunder and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, and much of the film’s cast has been confirmed, highlighting both returning and new characters.


Updated on January 19, 2023 by Stacie Rook: As its release date approaches, more details about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is revealed, with images of new characters like Adam Warlock debuting in the film’s trailer (via Youtube), and several of the actors will be announced.

The high evolutionary

With a comic history dating back to the 1960s, the High Evolutionary is a scientist who, as his chosen moniker suggests, has a special interest in evolution. Actor Chukwudi Iwuji plays the character in the MCU, and Vol. 3 will mark his first appearance in the franchise.

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As reported by VarietyThe MCU’s version of the High Evolutionary is the creator of Rocket the Raccoon, suggesting that his appearance in the film can only signal trouble for Rocket and the wider Guardians team.

Cosmo The Spacedog

Cosmo the Space Dog as seen in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

Cosmo the Spacedog had cameo appearances in the first two Guardians movies, as well as in Marvel’s animated series What if…?but she had a bigger role in Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special as a member of the titular team, which continues in Vol. 3.

The character is a sapient dog sent into space by the Soviet Union and first appeared in Marvel Comics in 2008. Cosmo has always been most associated on the page with the Guardians team and tries to help them in any way she can.

Peter Quill / Star-Lord

Chris Pratt as Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

The de-facto leader of the Guardians, Human-Celestial hybrid Peter Quill had to confront his heritage in the team’s first two solo films, taking on his father Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Since then, fans have seen Quill fight alongside the Avengers and experience grief for Gamora in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Specialbut there are still many aspects of Quill’s journey that have yet to be explored in detail and will likely affect his story in Vol. 3.


Gamora returns in Guardians of the Galaxy

Following the death of the MCU’s original Gamora at the hands of Thanos, a 2014 incarnation of the assassin was brought to the present day after the Avenger’s Time Heist in Final game.

Marvel fans will see a new side of Gamora with the return of this variant of the character, no doubt altered both by her displacement in time and the absence of the Guardians as an influence on her journey.

Drax The Destroyer

Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy

After witnessing the defeat of Thanos and therefore seeing through his mission of revenge after the murder of his wife and daughter, Drax the Destroyer could be a little aimless moving forward.

Although the character is still a full-fledged member of the Guardians team, and he proved to be one of the funniest characters in Guardians Holiday Specialhis individual goals are now unclear for the first time in years, which might motivate him to find a new cause to win.


Rocky wearing goggles and holding a gun in Avengers: Endgame

Unlike most other Guardians, Rocket was not a victim of Snap and thus spent the five years without his friends as an Avenger, mostly working alongside Nebula.

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Since this venture has given Rocket more experience being a superhero than his fellow Guardians, it will be interesting to see if and/or how his dynamic with the rest of the team also changes in Vol. 3especially now that he’s reunited with best friend Groot.


Teenage Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy

Through his appearances in the MCU, viewers have seen Groot in many stages of his life, and his continued growth (literally and figuratively!) is sure to bring new laughs to audiences in volume 3.

Last seen as a young adult in that Holiday SpecialGroot will likely gain many superpowers he didn’t know about as he fights alongside his friends and gains more experience side-by-side with the Guardians.


Mantis talks to Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

One of the most underrated MCU superheroes, Mantis was able to use her immensely versatile empathic abilities to bravely restrain Thanos in a battle during Infinity War.

Since then, she has been involved in one of the biggest revelations in Guardians Holiday Special, when she told Peter that Ego was also her father, making the two siblings. Hopefully, Vol. 3 will explore Peter and Mantis’ new sibling dynamic, as the connection is one they both seem to value highly.


Nebula stares intently into the MCU

Nebula has had one of the most complicated moral stories of all the Guardians, at times confronting her father, her sister, and an alternate version of herself on her journey to the present as a member of the hero team.

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As Avengers: Endgame left the Guardians as they took off from Earth on a quest to find the 2014 version of Gamora, it looks like Nebula’s complex family dynamics will also be driving her story for the foreseeable future.

Adam Warlock

Adam Warlock as played by Will Poulter in the MCU

A long-awaited face to join the MCU Vol. 3, one of the MCU’s most exciting Phase 5 projects, Adam Warlock’s appearance was first hinted at in one of the Vol. 2’s credit scenes.

Will Poulter has been cast as the imposing hero, and while there are many ways Adam Warlock could be involved Vol. 3as either an ally or foe to the Guardians, his strong ties to the Infinity Gauntlet and its powers in the comics show that his cosmic-level powers are no joke.


Ayesha on her throne in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Although she once employed the Guardians, Ayesha quickly became an antagonist of the team Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and ended the film still determined to see them destroyed.

To aid her in this quest, Ayesha created a new, stronger sovereign whom she named Adam. Given Adam Warlock’s expected appearance in the Vol. 3it is likely that Ayesha will also play a larger role in the story, directing her creation in his prescribed mission.

Stakar Ogord

Sylvester Stallone as Stakar Ogord and Michael Rooker as Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Ravager captain Stakar Ogord has only appeared once in the MCU so far, during Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2which explored his long history and later feud with Yondu.

The end of Vol. 2 saw Ogord help give Yondu the Ravager burial his career had entitled him to before reuniting with his former team. The character returns Vol. 3 suggesting that the Guardians still have business with the Ravagers ahead of them.

Kraglin Obfonteri

Sean Gunn as Kraglin in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Most associated with Yondu in the first two installments of Guardians movie, Kraglin Obfonteri is a Ravager who begins using his captain’s former weapon, the Yaka Arrow, at the end of Vol. 2.

Which he wants to be with Vol. 3 along with Stakar Ogord, it is possible that Kraglin could have joined another Ravager team since his last appearance, or he could be meeting with the Guardians to help them in another capacity, perhaps providing information on Gamora’s whereabouts.

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