[This story contains spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.]
When the credits roll on James Gunn’s latest installment in the Guardians of the Galaxy Trilogy, the story is not over yet. In typical Marvel fashion, there are two end credits scenes – one hinting at the group’s future, though this is the end of the road for Gunn at Marvel as he settles into a major role at DC Studios.
with Vol. 3puts Jean Rocket (Bradley Cooper), a genetically engineered raccoon genius with an arrogant attitude, at the center of the story. Although Rocket’s traumatic past has been hinted at over the course of the previous films, Vol. 3 It dives deep into its beginnings as an experiment pioneered by the High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji). Seriously injured at the beginning of the film, Rocket lives in flashbacks, as he fights off the rest of the guards to save his life.
In a bittersweet way, the Guardians The finale sees the beloved superhero band part ways, as they embark on some soul searching after years of guarding the galaxy together. While Rocket is the new captain of the Guardians, Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Drax (Dave Bautista) stay behind to foster a new community on Knowhere. Plus, Gamora (Zoe Saldaña) is back in the Ravagers, as she went home at the beginning of the movie. Mantis (Bom Klementieff) sets off on a solo journey to find herself, followed by Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) who returns to Earth to be reunited with his grandfather (Greg Henry).
A mid-credits scene opens with Rocket and Groot (Vin Diesel) – a very large, muscular version of Groot – in a desert surrounded by the newest members of the team. Dressed as rangers, Kraglin (Sean Gunn), Adam Warlock (Will Poulter), Cosmo (Maria Bakalova), and Phyla-Vell (Kai Zen) join Rocket and Groot on a mission to protect a defenseless town from a monster invasion. As they await the upcoming battle, the group shares their favorite music, while Rocket scrolls through Quill’s MP3 player in search of a song to listen to in action. Of course, he chose Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love,” the first ever song on the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. It’s a nostalgic moment, as the new Guardians race into battle to carry on the group’s legacy.
And although Gunn has officially moved on from Marvel, this scene hints that the new group may have a future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of the most recent characters introduced is Phyla-Vell, one of the young children rescued from the High Evolutionary’s ship at the end of the movie. In the end credit scenes, Phyla appears to have some kind of superhuman ability. Phyla’s age also hints that she may be a future member of the growing Young Avengers lineup, which fans have long speculated about forming within the MCU. In the comics, Phyla is a version of Captain Marvel from an alternate time who is also a prominent member of the Guardians. While Gunn seems to have taken the MCU origin story in a different direction, there are plenty of possibilities for Phyla, especially before Marvelswhich centers on Carol Danvers and Monica Rambeau, both of whom hold the mantle of Captain Marvel in the comics.
And while most of the end credits scenes in the MCU often lay the groundwork for new stories, sometimes they are just as fun and hilarious. (Do The AvengersThe scene of eating shawarma after the battle rings the bell? After the emotional reunion shown at the end of the film, Quill seems to have adjusted well to returning to Earth. The scene also depicts his grandfather reading a newspaper containing a story about actor Kevin Bacon being kidnapped by aliens, a reference to Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special Released last year.
The credits end with a title card that reads: “The Legendary Star-Lord-Lord Will Return”. It’s an ominous wording, leaving the door open for Pratt’s return to character. While Peter Quill, himself, could certainly return to Star-Lord in some capacity, it’s also possible Marvel could pass the mantle of Star-Lord on to a new character. It should be noted that Peter now resides on Earth for the foreseeable future, which means he’s on the same planet as the majority of the Avengers. While only time will tell, for now it’s clear that Marvel isn’t ready to let go Guardians just yet.