Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 continues its cosmic trajectory by soaring past $800 million in worldwide box office earnings. This remarkable achievement positions the third installment of the beloved franchise ahead of its 2014 progenitor in terms of ticket sales.
Despite its immense success, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is yet to overtake the second installment, subtitled Vol. 2. Launched in 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 remains the highest-grossing film in the franchise to date, having amassed a substantial $863 million in global ticket sales.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has faced considerable challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which significantly affected box office performances. Meanwhile, the reception to Phase 4 of the MCU hasn’t been as overwhelmingly positive as previous iterations, but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is currently sitting at 82% on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.
James Gunn has emphasized that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is his swan song from the Marvel Cinematic Universe now, given that he has accepted the coveted job as the new co-CEO of DC Studios alongside film producer Peter Safran. One of his first duties in his new position is to write and direct Superman: Legacy, which is a reboot exploring a younger Clark Kent, moving on from the most recent iteration with Henry Cavill.
What to expect from the third Guardians movie
Written and directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone, Will Poulter, Chukwudi Iwuji and Maria Bakalova.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 synopsis reads as follows: “Our beloved band of misfits are 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, still reeling from the loss of Gamora, must rally his team around him on a dangerous mission to save Rocket’s life – a mission that, if not completed successfully, could quite possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.”
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