Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has barely settled in for a nice, long run in movie theaters, and we're already looking forward to Vol. 3. Spoilers ahead!
With critics and fans in love with the new sequel and the box office exploding, it's no surprise that the only movie confirmed by Marvel post-2019 is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Plus James Gunn has said not only that he'll return to write and direct it, but that he already has ideas for where the story will go.
Here's where the spoilers start, following this random photo of Baby Groot:
If you've seen the movie and watched the bonus scenes during the end credits, there is a big tease for Adam Warlock, the artificially created superbeing who takes on Thanos in the comics but will likely have a different arc on the screen.
For one thing, his creator in the movie universe appears to be Ayesha, high priestess of the Sovereign, who is cooking up her "Adam" in a birthing pod during the end credits with plans to unleash him on the Guardians, with whom she has a score to settle.
That means that Ayesha must return as well, and in an interview with IGN, Gunn confirmed that he wants to bring back Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki in the role:
"I absolutely plan on bringing Elizabeth Debicki back. She’s actually one of my favorite actors I’ve ever worked with. I think on this movie between her, Pom Klementieff who plays Mantis, and Chris Sullivan who plays Taserface, they really were three of the best actors I’ve ever worked with and were all such a joy on this film to deal with that I would love to deal with them again.”
Ayesha turned out to be a relatively minor villain in Guardians Vol. 2, but Debicki brought a lot of presence to the part, along with a twisted blend of royal arrogance and childish anger. We'll be glad to see her return, and if she's pulling the strings at least initially for Adam Warlock, she might have an even bigger role in Vol. 3.
But that's not coming until 2020, so we have a lot of time to speculate about the breadth of her involvement. Did you like Debicki's take on Ayesha and are you pleased to know she'll be back? Who else would you like to see in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (aside from the Guardians, of course)?