Yes, yes, good director James Gunn and his cast and crew also delivered some of the best Marvel movies in years, saying a heartfelt goodbye to the characters fans have known for nearly a decade.
The Guardians free Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) from the clutches of The High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji) through the strength of teamwork and family in what appears to be his final film. They also rescue other creatures with whom The High Evolutionary is experimenting and give them a home back in Nowhere’s base of operations.
After this last great adventure together, the Guardians of the Galaxy are coming to terms with what they want from life, from themselves and from each other. Saving the universe more than once and each time seeing how close it came to destruction can put a lot of things into perspective.
Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is no longer associated with the Guardians (an annoying consequence of time travel), but professes her affection for the team before returning to the space pirates known as the Ravagers. Drax (DAVE Bautista) and Nebula (KAREN GILLAN) say they will remain on Nowhere and lead the new colony. Mantis (Pom Klementieff) tells the group she wants to find herself and go on her own adventure. Then, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) gives Rocket the title of captain while telling his friends that he wants to visit his grandfather on planet Earth.
There are many retired parents! But will the path of these heroes really end?
The mid-credits scene introduces the new Guardians of the Galaxy roster.
A mid-credits scene opens with Rocket and his new roster of Guardians. Rocket, telekinetic canine Cosmo (voiced by Maria Bakalova), psychic Adam Warlock (Will Poulter), and Klutzy Kraglin (Sean Gunn, Super-Giant Groot, Super-Strength) are rescued from prison by the High Evolutionary. They walk around the outskirts of town and talk about their favorite songs. The new guardians walk around before Rocket praises Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love”.
After Rocket begins to sing, hordes of alien animals descend upon the city, and the Guardians play the song before charging into battle as a group of superheroes.
Views work on two levels. It primarily sets up the new Guardians roster acquired by the Rockets. Legends like Peter Quill, Gamora and Drax are gone. The same goes for new recruits like Nebula and Mantis. Adam Warlock and Cosmo both have psychic powers and Kraglin has mastered the whistle-controlled hot pink arrows used by Star-Lord’s adoptive father Yondu. Personality wise, Warlock’s intellectual density is not that different from Drax’s, and Cosmo’s cute but powerful personality sounds similar to Mantis. Kraglin is still a clown, and Groot is Groot, but bigger.
This new Guardians team will be able to function with the same dynamics as the original team.
The wild card is an unnamed star kid. The kid seems to have some powers (they glow) but the scene cuts before we see them fighting.
During the film, we learn that the High Evolutionary has engineered the genes of these children to make them extremely intelligent. We also see The High Evolutionary Research where she constantly runs around on the hamster wheel. However, we don’t know what powers they might actually have.
According to the credits attached to the film, they are billed as “Star Kids”. It’s actually a term that isn’t directly referenced in the comic books. There is a character named Star-Child, a race of characters called Zebra Kids in which The High Evolutionary is of interest, and some Guardian-adjacent characters with stars. symbol on his uniform – but perhaps we’ll get a fuller picture of the Kid’s powers in a future movie.
Rocket’s song selection is also different. Guardians fans will immediately notice. “Come and Get Your Love” is a song from the opening scene of the original 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy film.
Peter lines up the song on his Walkman while stealing the Infinity Stones from the planet Morag. Rocket’s performance of the song is not only a tribute to Quill, but also signals a new introduction for the Guardians of the Galaxy, as it did in the first film.
Peter Quill and his grandfather reunite
The end credits scene gives us a glimpse of Peter Quill’s reunion with his grandfather (Greg Henry). They last saw each other in 1988, and after a long separation, the two finally became a family again. And, as if away from their families for a long time, Peter and Gramps eat breakfast together and complain.
Peter is talking about an unnamed neighbor asking him to mow the lawn. He thinks why should he do this.