There's a lot of anticipation right now for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 as it would mark the third solo film featuring the titular MCU team. Given that it will be the final film in the trilogy, a lot of fans are wondering if it will actually be their last film or if their journey will continue beyond it given the large plans that Marvel Studios has for the future of the franchise. But as it turns out, it will be their swan song after all.
In an interview with Deadline, Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy director James Gunn revealed that the upcoming film is indeed going to be the last one for the team. "This is the end for us, the last time people will see this team of Guardians," he said. "It’s big; it’s so, so big and dark, and different from what people might be expecting it to be."
"I just want to be true to the characters, the story and give people the wrap-up that they deserve for the story," Gunn continued. "That’s always a little bit scary; I’m doing my best. I’m aware that the third film in most trilogies sucks; not always."
There's a lot to take with Gunn's statement regarding the fate of the third film. You can interpret that Vol. 3 will be the last one featuring the members of the team as it is possible that some of them will either die or retire by the end of the film. It is also likely that the iteration of the Guardians team moving forward will be consist of different members or the team will be disbanded entirely. Of course, we won't find out the definitive answer until we see the film.
It's not surprising to hear this since Dave Bautista has publicly stated that the film will mark the end of his run as Drax and Gunn himself have also said in numerous interviews that he is uncertain if he is going to make a fourth Guardians film. Either way, we have a confirmation now that Vol. 3 will be the last one for the team and it remains to be seen if the characters will still be appearing in other MCU films or TV shows after.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is currently filming, is set to be released in theaters on May 5, 2023.