James Gunn Says Thor Was Never Part of Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.3

When Thor buddied up with the Guardians of the Galaxy at the end of Avengers: Endgame, the tease of an Asgardians of the Galaxy future was very much in the minds of many fans. Some have even gone on to believe that James Gunn’s temporary firing by Disney and his subsequent skip over to Warner Bros. to helm The Suicide Squad and commit his immediate future to DC projects has robbed them of a possible inclusion of Thor in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3. However, as Gunn likes doing, the director has now set the record straight that there was never a plan to have Thor in Guardians 3 in any version of the movie.


James Gunn made his comments in response to a video in which a fan of the MCU discussed how Thor was originally expected to be a part of the Guardians team on their next adventure. It seems that when it came down to it, Thor’s connection to the Guardians was always going to be severed quickly with the Odinson never being down to play any role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3. Gunn said:

“I appreciate the love but Thor was never going to be in Vol 3.”

As pointed out by some in reply to Gunn’s comments, it is almost as though the “Asgardians of the Galaxy” moment in the last scenes of Avengers: Endgame was simply something put in the movie by the Russo Brothers purely for the wordplay laugh alone and neither Taika Waititi nor James Gunn had any real intention of doing much with the idea in the long run. While that is probably a disappointment to some, there seems to be plenty going on in the next Guardians movie for Thor to have had any meaningful role to play, and with the Guardians movies always seeming to mostly play out outside the main MCU story it will probably all work out for the best.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Will Serve Both of Phase Four’s Purposes

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With Kevin Feige having previously said that the MCU’s current phase is all about new beginnings, and Marvel producer Richie Palmer recently adding that the phase is all about characters dealing with the fallout of Avengers: Endgame, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 seems to be covering both of those angles perfectly. The movie will see the introduction of Adam Warlock, with the character having been teased since the last Guardians movie, and will also see Gamora’s story continuing after what befell her during Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

While Gamora originally died in Infinity War to help Thanos claim the Soul Stone, the time travel element of Avengers: Endgame saw an older version of Gamora being brought into the current MCU timeline and seemingly remaining there. There will obviously be a lot of emotional elements to unpack around her character, and with the end of the Guardians’ current team formation coming in this movie, it is going to be a real send off for several much-loved characters, as well as James Gunn himself.

The Guardians are currently featuring in Thor: Love and Thunder in cinemas, and then will appear in the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special on Disney+ before Guardians of the Galaxy arrives in cinemas in May 2023.