The third installment in the Guardians of the Galaxy series offers a touching farewell to Marvel’s famous superhero team. At the movie’s end, we watch each team member decide to proceed along their path. After deciding to spend more time with his maternal grandpa, the previous leader of the Guardians, Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt, promotes Rocket, played by Bradley Cooper, to the position of leader of the team. Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Drax (Dave Bautista) conclude that it would be best for all of the children that they rescued from the High Evolutionary’s (Chukwudi Iwuji) ship if they stayed on Knowhere and helped govern the city. Mantis (Pom Klementieff) tells the gang she wants to select her fate and walk off alone for a bit. This happens at the same time that Gamora (Zo Saldana) comes back to the Ravagers. Groot, portrayed by Vin Diesel, remains loyal to Rocket and eventually utters his first words: “I love you guys.”
But before Quill heads back to Earth, he gives Rocket an iPod containing playlists from a variety of decades. The song “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + the Machine begins to play on the playlist as Rocket navigates to the decade of the 2000s. The inhabitants of Knowhere, including the children, Groot, Drax, and Rocket, begin a dance party in the middle of the street as the song plays. At the same time, the Guardians, in their current iteration, are broken up. Even though this film represents the conclusion of the original Guardians and Marvel has no plans to release any additional Guardians films soon, the film’s two post-credit scenes gave audiences a glimpse into the futures of the various team members, both new and old.
The following is a synopsis of what occurs during the mid-credits scene and the post-credits sequence after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
During the middle of the credits, a scene occurs where Rocket and Groot are seen in the desert with the newest version of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Kraglin, played by Sean Gunn, Cosmo the Spacedog, played by Maria Bakalova, Adam Warlock, played by Will Poulter. And Phyla-Vell, played by Kai Zen, is seen waiting while a horde of aliens approaches a desert town. Rocket performs “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone as a fitting way to bring the trilogy to a close. This song was also used at the start of the first film in the trilogy.
Phyla-Vell stands out as one of the oddest personalities within this brand-new group of heroes. Her presence caused some Marvel superfans to scratch their heads. In the comics, Phyla-Vell is the offspring of the Kree warrior Mar-Vell and a super scientist named Elysius. She uses Quantum Bands, alluded to in an episode of Ms. Marvel that airs on Disney+.
This character appears in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. It is revealed that he was designed by the High Evolutionary, attempting to construct the ideal life form. It is currently unknown what her role will be in the MCU in the future. But it does make sense that she was introduced here before her appearance in The Marvels later this year alongside Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan, and Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau. In The Marvels, Brie Larson plays Carol Danvers, Teyonah Parris plays Monica Rambeau, and Iman Vellani plays Kamala Khan.
What takes place in the scene after the credits have rolled?
The scene that plays after the credits appear less significant than the one that plays in the middle of the credits, yet, there is a minor Easter egg that viewers who pay close attention will notice. The audience is privy to a scene in which Quill spends quality time with his grandfather (Gregg Henry), during which they converse while eating breakfast. One of the headlines in the newspaper that Grandpa is reading right now reads, “Alien Abduction: Kevin Bacon Tells All.” This is a hilarious reference to the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, where Mantis and Drax kidnap Kevin Bacon from Earth to bring him to Quill for Christmas to cheer him up.
The phrase “Star-Lord Will Return” is the final text that may be seen on the screen after the sequence has finished playing. It has yet to be obvious how Quill will make his way back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Marvel has assured fans he will. Pratt has stated to GamesRadar+ that he would be interested in reprising his role as Star-Lord if the opportunity arose. Saldana told the Hollywood Reporter that this is “the end for [her] as Gamora.” Bautista likewise gracefully bowed out when he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, saying, “With Drax, I got to end the perfect way.” Regarding the other Guardians, Saldana said that this is “the end for [her] as Gamora,” and Bautista said that this is “the end for [him] as Drax.” He remarked, “I would never sign up for another job as Drax just to get a paycheck. I have better things to do with my time.” If I did it, I would ruin that [beautiful conclusion], and I won’t do that.