At any time when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 hits theaters, the top of James Gunn’s trilogy will be set no less than a decade after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Though a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the prior two entries within the franchise have been primarily free of the bigger ongoing narrative. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was set only a few months after the primary movie regardless of hitting theaters three years later.
The small passage of time in-universe broke the standard MCU method that the films are set within the years they arrive out, permitting the world to maneuver ahead in real-time. Nonetheless, the ending of Vol. 2 jumped forward a number of years to get the Guardians nearer to the variations that would seem in Avengers: Infinity Warfare and Avengers: Endgame. Gunn has already confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will happen after occasions of the 2 Avengers movies, which he govt produced. This ensures that the film will be set a decade after the Guardians’ final movie because of how the MCU timeline has dramatically shifted ahead after Endgame.
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Endgame featured a five-year time leap that moved the MCU timeline from 2018 to 2023. Based mostly on all the pieces that got here earlier than this leap ahead, we imagine that, extra particularly, Avengers: Endgame concludes in late-2023 – with Spider-Man: Far From Dwelling advancing the MCU to 2024. With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 set someday in 2014, that already offers the hole between it and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 9 years if it have been to select up instantly after Endgame. However it’s extremely possible that there might be an extra passage of time from Endgame‘s finale to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s opening, which is able to set the film a full decade after its direct franchise predecessor.
What makes the passage of time between Endgame and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 most definitely is the previous’s ending. On the finish of the film, Thor boards the Benatar with Rocket and jokingly calls the group the Asgardians of the Galaxy. Whereas this initially gave the impression to be arrange for Thor to seem in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, it as a substitute might function a manner for the Guardians to seem in Thor: Love and Thunder as a substitute. The Taika Waititi-directed movie will hit theaters first, so this could possibly be the place Thor leaves his newfound buddies behind. And, except Thor 4 picks up instantly after Endgame and Vol. 3 instantly after their Thor 4 roles, then the last decade mark might be hit.
It is a large hole for the Guardians characters, however fortunately for Marvel Studios they have been capable of make up for it with a number of appearances elsewhere. That they had substantial roles in Infinity Warfare, memorable components in Endgame, and could possibly be used to kick off Thor: Love and Thunder in 2021. By way of all of it, Marvel will be capable of bide time as Gunn finishes work on The Suicide Squad first – which solely is going on after Disney fired him final yr.
In consequence, Gunn’s return to directing the Guardians and when audiences get to see a brand new movie in their very own franchise may also be for much longer than it ought to’ve been. Initially meant to launch in May 2020, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was left solely out of Section 4. Barring some vital modifications, the film will not hit theaters till 2022 on the earliest. However with Black Panther 2 occupying the May 2022 slot, we might have to attend till 2023 to see Vol. 3. That might give the franchise a six-year hole between sequels. All in all, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 goes to be set and launched nicely after its predecessor.
Key Launch Dates
- Black Widow (2020) launch date: May 01, 2020
- Eternals (2020) launch date: Nov 06, 2020
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) launch date: Feb 12, 2021
- Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity (2021) launch date: May 07, 2021
- Spider-Man: Homecoming 3 (2021) launch date: Jul 16, 2021
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2021) launch date: Nov 05, 2021
- Black Panther 2 (2022) launch date: May 06, 2022