The first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 marks the end of an era for Marvel.
The film is the final adventure in this iteration of the cosmic team, and it’s also a final Marvel arc for James Gunnwho has left the MCU to take a job as a top executive at DC Studios, where he helps run its film, television and animation efforts.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, and introduces the character Adam Warlock, played by Will Poulter.
The first Guardians of the Galaxy was a game-changer for Marvel, which had already made $1 billion marks out of so-called “B-level” characters like Iron Man. But the 2014s Guardians took that formula to new heights and turned obscure characters into a global brand. The film, which earned $773.3 million internationally, ushered in an era where quirky filmmakers like Gunn put their own stamp on Marvel properties. A sequel followed in 2017, with the third eye set for 2020, before Gunn was fired from the property due to old, offensive tweets, before eventually being reinstated.
The Guardians, and the voice Gunn established, has been important to Marvel in between volumes. 2 and 3. The characters appeared in Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Specialreleased last month on Disney+.
Soundtracks for the first two episodes in Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, both of which were packed with carefully curated 1970s pop hits, were both huge hits. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1, which featured hits like Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” and Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love,” topped Billboard 200 for two consecutive weeks in August 2014. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 2, which featured hits like ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky” and Looking Glass’ “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl),” reached No. 4 in 2017.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.