The Long-Awaited “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” Will Hit Theaters in 2023

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It has been a long road to “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.” Way back in 2016, Marvel head Kevin Feige told Gizmodo that the third film was definitely planned, and in 2017, it was announced that director James Gunn would return to the helm the last film in the trilogy.

But the story gets a little messy from there. Gunn was fired from the project on July 20 2018, and production was put on hold shortly after. In 2019, Disney and Marvel re-hired Gunn, but production was delayed until he finished “The Suicide Squad” and the HBO Max spin-off “Peacemaker.” Filming for “GOTG 3” finally began in 2021, and wrapped in May 2022. Fans also saw the “Guardians of the Galaxy” briefly in “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which gives some helpful hints about where their new movie is going.

On July 2, star Chris Pratt opened up to Digital Spy about the movie, which he called a “masterpiece.” He said of the film, “It’s fantastic. James Gunn just watched a rough assembly the other day. I called him yesterday. We Facetimed, and he’s very, very proud of the work that everyone’s done. He said it’s the best work all of us have ever done. He feels very, very confident. The script was amazing.”

The star explained to Digital Spy, “And I can say with utter confidence that he’s made a true masterpiece, and I just cannot wait for people to see it. It’s James Gunn. He did all three movies, which is really rare and really special in the world of big box-office trilogies.”

Ahead, here’s everything we know about the movie, including the cast, plot, and release date.

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