Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 | Official Trailer

And what’s that got to do with the MCU?

Honestly, there aren’t a lot of direct ties, but there are some parallels. See, in the comics, Star-Lord’s dad is J’Son, a ruthless murderer and former emperor of the planet Spartax. Star-Lord started a revolution that eventually deposed his dad, and, in Legendary Star-Lord, J’son comes back seeking revenge. He’s hiding behind a shiny new mask and calling himself Mister Knife, though. Star-Lord also learns that he has a half-sister named Victoria, fights Thanos, and dates Kitty Pryde.


In the MCU, Star-Lord’s dad is Ego the Living Planet, whom the Guardians of the Galaxy killed in Vol. 2. The chances of him coming back in a future MCU film are pretty close to zero. And Star-Lord does have a half-sister, but it’s Mantis, not Victoria. It seems most likely that the “Legendary Star-Lord” moniker is referencing his general self-discovery arc from the comics, not specific plot points. With mutants and the X-Men officially part of the MCU now, though, and Gamora firmly disinterested in a relationship with Peter, it could be hinting at a future appearance from Kitty Pryde.

Okay, so Star-Lord’s coming back. What about the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy?

That’s unclear, for now. In the mid-credits scene, we see a new version of the team off doing cool space adventure stuff, but there’s no indication about whether or not they’ll be back in future MCU films.

And who’s on the team now?

Oh, we are so glad you asked. As we already mentioned, Rocket is the new team leader. The rest of the team is made up of your favorite tree-boy Groot, reformed Ravager Kraglin, very good dog Cosmo, definitely-not-grown-in-a-lab Adam Warlock, and Counter-Earth refugee Phyla-Vell. That last one is a fun Easter egg for comics fans: Phyla-Vell is one of Mar-Vell’s (the first Captain Marvel) children.


Summarize all that for me, would you?

Star-Lord will return, though we don’t know when or in what project. There’s a new lineup for the Guardians of the Galaxy, but we don’t know if they’ll show up again. Kitty Pryde may or may not appear at some point in the MCU.


So we don’t really know anything, do we?

Not really, no. Here’s an adorable Lylla toy you can buy if you’re some sort of deranged masochist, though.