Warning: this list contains Avengers: Infinity War spoilers.
Though it's slated for a 2020 release date, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 theories are already popping up online. These Guardians sequel theories tie in with the already overwhelming amount of Infinity War Part 2 predictions, most of which try to make sense of a post-Snap universe.
However, with Avengers 4 scheduled to come out in 2019 (before GotG Vol. 3) most fans reckon there's a high chance some of Infinity War's deaths may be less than permanent. Some audience members are still trying to grapple with Star-Lord's defining moment in Infinity War and how it will affect GotG 3. Others have started speculating what new Marvel characters will join the fray.
Director James Gunn has given some hints on social media to diehard fans as to the film's plot, but what will happen in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is still anyone's guess.
Thor Will Join The Team
After three solo movies, no other Avenger has suffered as much loss as poor ol' Thor. And, Avengers: Infinity War wasn't much better for the Asgardian prince. He did, however, have more of a fun time riding around with Rocket Raccoon and a teenage Groot, leading a lot of fans to speculate that the Guardians could become his new family.
"I wouldn't be surprised if Thor joins the Guardians of the Galaxy," Redditor /u/Kally-0 posted. "I mean he lost his people, his culture and (if I am right) the Avengers, so if he survives he would be pretty aimless, and Thor: Ragnarok showed that he works great in a sci-fi setting and Avengers: Infinity War shows he has great chemistry with the cast of GotG."
This idea is bolstered by a comment James Gunn made during a Facebook Q&A in August 2017. He said Guardians Vol. 3 "will be the last movie of this version of the Guardians of the Galaxy."Is this plausible?
Drax Will Need A New Motivation
Since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 comes out after Avengers 4 – and James Gunn has possibly confirmed the former will also take place after the events of the Infinity War saga – it's a safe bet that whoever is left of the Guardians will be dealing with a post-Thanos world.
Drax's life purpose is to destroy Thanos, the Titan who killed his wife and child. He is so consumed by this goal that he attacks Thanos the first chance he has in Infinity War, albeit unsuccessfully.
Whether Drax delivers the final blow to Thanos or not, his future in the MCU after Thanos is inevitably defeated feels uncertain: will he stay with the team having fulfilled his life's purpose? Or will GotG Vol. 3 be the last we see of him?Is this plausible?
Nova Will Be Introduced
In a live Facebook Q&A in August 2017, James Gunn not only revealed he's helping to plan the next "10-20 years" of Marvel movies, but he also confirmed that Marvel is considering using Nova. Not the Nova Corps – the intergalactic police force we saw in the first two Guardians films – but the character, Nova, an individual, super-powered member of the Corps.
When asked about Nova's possible inclusion by a fan, Gunn responded, "Yes, definitely. Nova comes up occasionally as someone we might use." It's no secret that Gunn drew inspiration from Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's successful Guardians revival comic series from 2008, as well as the duo's previous 2007-10 run on Nova.Is this plausible?
It Will Bring Quasar To The MCUPhoto: Nova/Marvel Comics
In June 2017, James Gunn tweeted out a photo of a VCR captioned with: "For some reason, I’m just remembering now that as a kid my family’s VCR had wood paneling." While this tweet appears innocent enough, fans were quick to notice that the inscription on the VCR read: "Quasar."
Quasar is a Marvel character whose origin story is tied to space, making the next Guardians movie a logical choice for him to make his cinematic debut. Plus, Gunn said that he's aiming, "to set up the next 10-20 years of Marvel Movies. [GotG Vol. 3 is] going to really expand the universe. We’re going to be setting up new characters. "
Quasar also has strong links to Captain Marvel, which could help bridge the gap between 2019's Captain Marvel and 2020's GotG Vol. 3.Is this plausible?