Adam Warlock, Rocket’s origin, more

Cue up the Awesome Mix: The Guardians are back.

james gunn & Co. took over Hall H on Saturday, crushing the huge Comic-Con board to tease Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Scheduled to hit theaters on May 5, 2023, the new Guardians will see the return of Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana like Gamore, David Bautista like Drax, Wine Diesel like Groot, bradley cooper like Rocket, Karen Gillan as Nebula and Pom Klementieff as Mantis. The film will also mark the debut of Poultry as Adam Warlocka powerful adversary first teased in end credits scene Flight. 2.

Exclusive footage from Comic-Con revealed Poulter’s all-gold look as Warlock and announced that the film would explore Rocket’s origin story (so far it’s only been hinted that it involves a kind of cruel experimentation).

“When I started doing guardians of the galaxy, I was like, I don’t know, that sounds a little goofy. I thought Bugs Bunny would join the Avengers,” Gunn said of Rocket. “But then I thought if there’s a talking raccoon, how is he real? Where is he from? I realized he was the saddest creature in the universe, and that’s a lot of what this story is about.”

After playing the trailer, the cast was visibly moved and emotionally crying – especially over the images of Rocket as a baby.

Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

©Marvel Studios 2017 Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

The Guardians movies have been a major hit for Marvel since Gunn’s Bizarre Space Crew first theatrical release in 2014. But the third film was long overdue: Gunn wanted to make Flight. 3 for years, but Marvel fired him from the directing gig in 2018, after several controversial and offensive tweets from the filmmaker resurfaced. Gunn apologized for the tweets, and rival studio Warner Bros. then hired him to direct The Suicide Squad. Disney rehired Gunn soon after.

The Guardians were last seen traveling the universe in Thor: Love and Thunderand they will then appear in this year’s edition Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, debuting on Disney+. Gunn said he expects Flight. 3 be the last Guardians film he will direct. At Comic-Con, he described it as the end of the story he started telling 10 years ago.

“I think it was really about telling a story between the three movies with some side adventures,” Gunn told Comic-Con. “But I think it’s really just one story. It’s the final arc that we started at the very beginning of guardians of the galaxywith Peter Quill, with Rocket, seeing where Nebula goes, and even Kraglin, who started out saying a line or two in the first movie and is now a primary Guardian of the Galaxy.”

Kraglin is of course played by Gunn’s brother, Sean Gun, who is also Rocket’s physical replacement on set. He became particularly emotional on stage, saying, “The truth is the most rewarding part of my job with my brother. It’s honest truth to God. But that develops over the course of three films. It gets to the point where it’s not just about the joy of working with him, but it’s about the joy of working with these other people. We were rightfully choked backstage, watching this footage, because we care. We we care.

But as close as the original guardians of the galaxy the actors have overcome several movies, the new movie will also add new actors and characters. Poulter said he was “absolutely terrified” to join the legendary team, “but I was welcomed into the family and couldn’t have been treated better by these people.”

Then, in a move straight out of pro wrestling, actor Chukwudi Iwuji appeared in person as High Evolutionary – the creator of Adam Warlock, and surely the big bad of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3.

“As I watch this crowd, I remember my only purpose in the universe: to take unevolved, disgusting low life scum like you and genetically upgrade yourself into something less objectionable,” Iwuji said in character. . “Thank you for inspiring me how much you vomit. The bile in the back of my throat when I look at you is all the motivation I need to move on and create the perfect species.”

Stay tuned for more Comic-Con 2022 news.

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