Marvel Studios has finally set an exact release date for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
On Monday morning, four years after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hit theaters in May 2017, the film studio released a brand-new sizzle reel for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The three-minute video starts with a look back at some of the Marvel movies in the past and goes on to offer glimpses at the films coming out this year. In the latter part of the sizzle reel, official release dates for a number of future flicks are revealed, including the much-awaited final installment in the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy, which is set to open in theaters on May 5th, 2023.
Aside from announcing the theatrical release date for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the sizzle reel also unveiled the movie’s new title card, which you can see at the top of the page.
In April 2017, just a couple of weeks before the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opened in U.S. theaters, James Gunn announced that he would return to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Production on the sequel was originally supposed to start in February 2019 for an expected release in 2020. But the film was delayed when Disney and Marvel Studios severed ties with Gunn in July 2018, after his decade-old tweets ― in which he joked about rape, pedophilia, and other sensitive topics ― resurfaced online. A month after Gunn’s firing, production on the movie was put on hold.
Guardians of the Galaxy cast members Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker, and Karen Gillian issued a statement in support of Gunn following his firing. Bautista even threatened to leave the movie if Gunn’s script was not used. Fast forward to March 2019, Disney and Marvel Studios reversed course and reinstated Gunn as writer and director.
Though Gunn was ultimately hired back, principal photography on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. won’t begin until late 2021, as he has to finish his work on The Suicide Squad for DC and Warner Bros., including a Peacemaker spinoff series for HBO Max, before completely returning to Marvel.
But before the ragtag team of space criminals-turned-heroes return to the big screen, they will first head to Disney+ sometime in 2022 for The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, which was also written and directed by Gunn.
A few of the Guardians of the Galaxy characters, including Pratt’s Star-Lord, will also be seen in Thor: Love and Thunder, which is set to hit U.S. theaters on May 6th, 2022.