Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2023 MARVEL.

Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 starts with our beloved band of misfits settling into life on Knowhere. But it isn’t long before their lives are upended by the echoes of Rocket’s turbulent past. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), still reeling from the loss of Gamora (Zoe Saldana), must rally his team around him on a dangerous mission to save Rocket’s life.

This film was totally enjoyable. It was better than Thor: Ragnarok, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. It was just that good. I know people are getting burnt out on comic-book films and we’re on Phase 4 now of the MCU, but I’m hoping this movie will change the sentiment.

(L-R): Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Dave Bautista as Drax, and Pom Klementieff as Mantis in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2023 MARVEL.

James Gunn is doing a really good job with these films. It felt like the movie was all about friendship and love (and of course Rocket). The High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji) was the main villain and like Thanos, wanted to make a more “perfect” world. The High Evolutionary fit the villain role better than Jonathan Majors did Kang (and he was damn near perfect). The backstory on Rocket was interesting and it was cool to learn more about him. Everyone really did a great job.

A quick jump back to Thor for a minute. Now, the main villain in Thor: Love & Thunder, was a hardcore villain but they downplayed him in the film, almost to the point where they made him childish. Now the villain in this? That’s how the antagonist should’ve been in Love & Thunder. The High Evolutionary in the film was an actual villain and he did a really good job portraying The High Evolutionary from the comics. And Adam Warlock (Will Poulter)? He’s not the one that we purists wanted but he’s the one that we got and did a pretty bang-up job too.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 gets a 9 out of 10. You should definitely see this and be patient with the MCU. As long as the films are good, we should keep seeing ’em!

-Titus “TBZ” Rowell and Jon Jones

Photos: Courtesy of Marvel Studios

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