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Over at Esquire, we’re still processing the breathless 90 minutes we spent at Marvel’s Comic-Con megal-panel this past Saturday. Studio boss Kevin Feige seemingly introduced a new film (and, more often than not, exclusive footage) every 10 minutes, including a final trailer for She-Hulk and our first look at Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Sandwiched between all the hoopla was an all-to0-brief presentation for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, where director James Gunn, along with stars Chris Pratt and Karen Gillan, previewed the film. Probably the biggest takeaway? Multiversal antics be damned, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will absolutely end the team’s run in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In an in-depth interview with IGN after the panel, Gunn said, “All I care about is like what this team is and being really true to the story of these characters and finishing the story in an honorable way and telling Rocket’s story fully, and telling Nebula’s story fully and telling [Peter] Quill’s story fully and really getting into what this is now.”

Well, what is that story? After the likes of Pratt and Gillan discussed the intergalactic adventure, Gunn showed the first trailer to the rapturous Hall H audience. Let us tell you—Gunn has been teasing for a long time now that the end of his Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy is a Rocket Raccoon story. The preview—which, unfortunately, has not yet been released to the public—definitely confirmed this. We see Rocket as a baby (!), getting pulled from a cage by a giant hand. Even the brief look is a heartbreaking watch—yet it teases that Rocket’s origin story, where we learn how a raccoon became a whip-smart criminal, will be at the heart of the film.

Elsewhere in the trailer, we see that Groot (formerly Baby Groot and Teenage Groot) has grown up even more. The sentient tree is weirdly jacked this time around? Will Poulter’s newcomer, Adam Warlock, also features heavily in the trailer, yet we don’t see how he’ll factor into the larger story. As for the rest of the crew, it seems as if the film’s other main focus will be on the relationship between Quill and Gamora. Or lack thereof. If you’ll remember, the Gamora we first met in the MCU died in Avengers: Infinity War, as Thanos’s sacrifice to acquire the Soul Stone. A version of Gamora who never met the Guardians appeared in Avengers: Endgame, convincing Nebula to betray Thanos. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s trailer shows this Gamora with the Ravagers, taking a meeting with a (very) surprised Quill. Later on, we glimpse Quill trying to rekindle his relationship with Gamora, who curtly reminds him that whomever he fell in love with, she is not that person. Harsh.

Since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will see the end of the intergalactic team (at least in its current iteration), you have to wonder—will any of our favorites not make it out alive? We hate to say it, but there will most likely be some serious casualties. Dave Bautista has already said that he’ll leave the MCU for good after the final Guardians of the Galaxy film wraps, so he might be the surest bet. The whole Rocket Raccoon arc surely seems to be leading somewhere devastating, but we’d rather see the little guy get the happy ending he deserves. Either way, we have to wait a quite a bit for answers. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 hits theaters on May 5, 2023.

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