Even though the primary cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has already been announced, including Will Poulter as Adam Warlock, director James Gunn has hinted at the presence of a character that every major actor would desire to portray – but who might it be?
The Guardians of the Galaxy became one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s biggest surprises, swiftly winning over viewers’ hearts and allowing them to remain a crucial part of this vast connected universe.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has finally begun filming after a long wait and numerous setbacks, and it features the return of the core characters from the previous films.
This odd group of misfits first appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2014, followed by a sequel, appropriately titled Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in 2017, before finally colliding with the Avengers in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
After being foreshadowed in one of the numerous post-credits scenes in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the Guardians are finally returning as part of the MCU’s Phase 4 and this third adventure will finally introduce Adam Warlock –
But he might not be the only new, significant character in this adventure.
James Gunn published a photo on Twitter to commemorate the start of filming for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and fans were quick to pick out that Peacemaker star Chukwudi Iwuji had joined the ensemble.
Gunn responded by stating that he is in the cast and that he has given him “the job that almost every big-name actor in Hollywood wanted” – here are some possibilities for the character.
The Disney/Fox merger opened up new possibilities for the MCU, allowing characters such as the X-Men and Fantastic Four to join it, as well as Silver Surfer, a humanoid alien with metallic skin who can travel through space using his surfboard-like vessel.
Silver Surfer made his big-screen debut in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2007, with Doug Jones playing him, and he hasn’t been seen in a film since.
Following the Disney/Fox merger, rumors of a Silver Surfer movie began to circulate in 2018, and talks of it joining the MCU have been circulating since 2019, thus fans are now expecting this character to formally join the MCU.
With a new Fantastic Four film in the works and expected to debut as part of Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,-
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 could pave the way for it by introducing Silver Surfer, thus expanding the cosmic side of the MCU and connecting the upcoming Fantastic Four film to the rest of the universe.
Beta Ray Bill
Beta Ray Bill, a Korbinite who, despite his monstrous appearance, has been an ally to different heroes in the Marvel Universe, is a figure that Marvel fans have been wanting to see in the MCU and who has been reported to appear practically every time an actor is cast in an unnamed role.
In Thor: Ragnarok, a sculpture of his head is displayed on the facade of the Grandmaster’s (Jeff Goldblum) palace, and the introduction of Stormbreaker in Avengers: Infinity War, as well as the appearance of the Korbinites in Avengers: Endgame, the MCU, has left some hints that Beta Ray Bill will be introduced soon.
Given Beta Ray Bill’s tight relationship with Thor in the comics, it’s widely assumed that he’ll be Thor’s replacement in Phase 4 and beyond, thus introducing him in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 makes sense.
Galactus, a cosmic creature infamous for consuming planets to fuel his life force, is another major nemesis speculated to be joining the MCU at some point.
Galactus is also linked to the Fantastic Four, with the Silver Surfer serving as a herald and Galactus appearing as an opponent and ally to Reed Richards and his team at various times.
Now that the MCU is delving deeper into its cosmic side with the Eternals and Celestials, it would be easier to bring Galactus into the mix-
And he could even be set up as the MCU’s next big villain, taking Thanos’ place and becoming an even bigger threat that would necessitate the most powerful superheroes banding together to defeat him.
The MCU’s future beyond Phase 4 is still a mystery, but various projects are believed to be in the works for Phase 5, including a Nova film.
Nova’s presence in the MCU has been teased in previous films: Guardians of the Galaxy introduced Rhomann Dey (John C. Reilly).
Who in the comics is the one who chooses Richard Rider as his replacement at the Nova Corps, and Avengers: Infinity War saw Thanos destroy Xandar and the Nova Corps, leaving him as the sole survivor.
Because of his ties to the MCU’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the third film might be used to introduce Nova, allowing audiences (particularly those unfamiliar with his comic book past)
to get to know him before diving into his origin tale in his (yet unconfirmed) solo film.
Sentry is another contender for the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 enigmatic characters.
Former Nazi scientists and material from the Canadian program Weapon X were used in a joint American/Canadian government effort in the 1940s to re-create the Super Soldier Serum and magnify its effects thousands of times.
The project got divided over time, with outsourced research and no central administration, until one unidentified professor developed the formula into the Golden Sentry Serum.
Years later, meth addict Robert Reynolds sneaked into the lab and drank the serum, giving him the strength of a million exploding suns and transforming him into the superhero Sentry.
The character has ties to the Avengers and the Fantastic Four in the comics, thus he’s another figure who might be presented in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 to establish a relationship with upcoming characters like the Fantastic Four.