[This story contains spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.]
When the credits start When James Gunn was in the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy The last one, the story is not over yet. In typical Marvel fashion, there are two end-credits scenes – one of which hints at the future of the organization, though it’s the end of Marvel’s Gunn’s road as he settles into a Head of DC Studios .
and Vol. 3, Gunn puts Rocket (Bradley Cooper), the grumpy genetically modified raccoon genius at the heart of the story. Despite allusions to Rocket’s traumatic past in previous films, Vol. Chukwudi Iwuji) creates experiments that delve into his origins. The film begins with Rocket badly injured and recalling his past while the rest of the Guardians fight to save his life war.
In bittersweet fashion, the Guardians finale sees the beloved superhero team go their separate ways as they Began some soul searching after years of guarding the galaxy together. Although Rocket is considered the new Guardian Captain, Nebula ( Karen Gillan ) and Drax (Dave Bautista) stayed to foster a new society on Knowhere. Plus, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) returns to the Predators, to the place she originally called home at the beginning of the film. Mantis (Pom Klementieff) embarks on a solo journey to find himself, followed by Peter Quill ( Chris Pratt) returns to Earth to be reunited with his grandfather (Gregg Henry).
End credits scene open to Rocket and Groot(Vin Diesel) – a very large, muscular version of Groot – in the desert, surrounded by the newest squad members. Kraglin (Sean Gunn), Adam Warlock (Will Poulter), Cosmo (Maria Bakalova) and Philavel (Katzen) in Guardians uniforms join Rocket and Groot on the mission , defending a defenseless town from an invasion of monsters. As they waited for the upcoming battle, everyone shared their favorite tunes while Rocket scrolled through a song on Quill’s MP3 player to listen to while they worked. Of course, he chose Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love,” the first song in the Guardians of the Galaxy series. It’s a nostalgic moment as new Guardians battle to carry on the legacy of the group.
While Gunn is officially leaving Marvel, this scene hints at a possible new team in the Marvel Cinematic Universe . One of the newly introduced characters is Phyla-Vell, one of the toddlers rescued from the High Evolver’s ship at the end of the movie. In the end-credits scene, Phyla appears to have some sort of superpower. Phyla’s age also hints that she could be a future member of the growing Young Avengers roster, which fans have long speculated is coming to the MCU. In the comics, Phyla is Captain Marvel from another era and a key member of the Guardians. While Gunn seems to be taking her MCU origin story in a different direction, there are many possibilities for Phyla, especially in the The Marvels, centered on Carol Danvers and Monica Rambeau, who both serve as Captain Marvel in the comics.
While most MCU post-credits scenes usually set the stage for new stories, sometimes they’re just good, lighthearted fun. (Does the shawarma-eating scene after the Avengers fight sound?) Gunn’s final post-credits scene follows the same thread, as it shows Peter and his The grandfathers eat breakfast together and gossip about their town neighbors. After the emotional reunion at the end of the film, Quayle seems to have adjusted well to life back on Earth. The scene also depicts his grandfather reading a newspaper that featured actor Kevin Bacon being abducted by aliens, a nod to last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. A tribute to the holiday special .
The credits end with a title card that reads: “The Legendary Star-Lord Returns.” That’s ominous phrasing, leaving open the door for Pratt to return to the role the door. While Peter Quill himself can certainly return to Star-Lord in some capacity, it’s also possible that Marvel will pass on the Star-Lord mantle to a new character. It’s worth noting that Peter now resides on Earth for the foreseeable future, meaning he’s on the same planet as most of the Avengers. While only time will tell, it’s now clear that Marvel isn’t ready to give up on the Guardians.