There Are Many Possibilities With Each Character

Even though Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 isn’t coming out until May 2023, the film was originally envisioned as the launch of Phase 4. This was before James Gunn was fired due to old tweets and rehired after Disney changed its mind (and Gunn agreed to direct The Suicide Squad for DC). Fans are still waiting to see what the third entry in the Guardians franchise will hold and see what Gunn does with the characters he crafted for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Multiple individuals involved with Guardians of the Galaxy 3 have teased it as an emotional ride, which has led to increased speculation about which characters will live and which ones will die.

The popularity of the Guardians of the Galaxy characters in the MCU should mean that Marvel wants to keep as many of them around as possible. However, Gunn has great freedom with the franchise and is building Guardians of the Galaxy 3 towards a conclusion he has long envisioned. This will likely mean that not all of the Guardians make it out of the third film alive. Meanwhile, Gunn’s insistence that Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is the end of this iteration of the team could mean that other characters live but leave the team. There are many possibilities with each character, so here are predictions for the fate of each member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.


As the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy, the entire team’s future could rest with Star-Lord. A now somewhat polarizing character in the MCU due to his actions in Avengers: Infinity War, Peter Quill should still be part of the universe after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. It is hard to imagine Gunn or Marvel Studios killing off Star-Lord already, especially since Chris Pratt is eager to keep playing him. Since he’s still one of the MCU’s most recognizable faces, Pratt should be allowed to continue playing Star-Lord in the MCU. That is why this prediction has him surviving Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Star-Lord’s survival would allow the upcoming movie to set up various parts of his future and that of the Guardians of the Galaxy. The third film could see Quill recruit more people to the Guardians’ ranks, such as cosmic heroes like Adam Warlock, Quasar, Phyla-Vel, Moondragon, or Nova. Star-Lord can then be in charge of leading the next incarnation of the Guardians of the Galaxy. This could even occur after he establishes a new base for the team, such as Knowhere, which is the team’s base in the comics. As the continued leader of the Guardians, Peter can continue to earn his Star-Lord name and build the reputation he wants it to have across the galaxy.



It has commonly been predicted that Rocket Raccoon will die in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and it does seem that this is where his MCU story will end. Gunn has repeatedly confirmed that the movie will explore Rocket’s origins and how he became a scientific experiment. This is expected to tie heavily into the villain of Guardians of the Galaxy 3. The identity of the threat is not announced, but High Evolutionary has been rumored to be behind Rocket’s creation. Since the threequel will be Rocket’s story primarily, this would be the best place to kill him.

It will undoubtedly be sad for viewers and the Guardians, but it would be fitting that Rocket dies in Guardians of the Galaxy 3 defeating the people who created him and saving his newfound family in the process. While it will also be surprising for the MCU to lose a fan-favorite CGI character they could theoretically use forever, there are plenty of reasons why Rocket dying makes sense for the film and his overall character arc.



Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 could also be where Drax’s MCU story ends. Dave Bautista has openly discussed how he feels his time of playing Drax is nearing its end, and this movie is the best place to wrap up Drax’s arc. Now that he’s missed out on getting revenge on Thanos, Drax’s story could go anywhere, but having him die in Guardians of the Galaxy 3 makes sense. He can sacrifice himself to protect the Guardians and even accept that he’ll now get to “rejoin” his family. There is even the chance that Drax’s death could have a larger impact on the threequel if it introduces Moondragon and makes her Drax’s daughter like the comics. If Bautista doesn’t want to keep playing Drax and Marvel wants to avoid recasting the character, his death can work for Guardians of the Galaxy 3’s story and factor in real-world elements that would otherwise impact Drax’s MCU future.



Karen Gillan’s Nebula should live through the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. While there is an argument to be made that her MCU journey could be nearing its completion, Nebula’s exit shouldn’t come just yet. She can remain part of the new look Guardians of the Galaxy team with Star-Lord and help run the operation after years of working alongside the Avengers.

However, part of Nebula’s fate also needs to be tied to what happens with Gamora. The MCU has managed to keep them apart to this point and prevent the sisters from developing a closer relationship. That could be part of Guardians of the Galaxy 3’s story, but it would also be nice to see that carried through into the future. Perhaps Nebula takes some time away from the Guardians following the movie’s events to be with Gamora, which could even lead to them forming the Graces, an all-female team from the comics led by Gamora.



Guardians of the Galaxy 3 could set up Mantis to take on a much bigger role within the Guardians of the Galaxy team moving forward. The empath’s story could evolve in several different ways in the movie, such as making Mantis Star-Lord’s sister or teasing her place as the Celestial Madonna. Still, Mantis should remain with the team regardless. She only just joined the team in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and she can step up to fill the void by left Gamora, Rocket, and Drax. Mantis played a crucial role in Star-Lord’s formation of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the comics. She probably doesn’t need to psychically influence others to join the MCU’s next iteration of the team, though. Her future after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 might even include being the one to warn the Guardians of the coming Annihilation Wave, which would tease the next big cosmic event for the MCU.

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