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For many superhero fans, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is one of the most anticipated movie events of 2023. Not only does it give audiences a chance to see Star Lord, Gamora, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon together one last time at the big screen, but the film also marks James Gunn’s final time working in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before he dedicates himself to directing DC Studios.
Gunn became a Marvel legend after turning the once-obscure Guardians characters into one of the studio’s most popular franchises. Much of the franchise’s success has been credited to Gunn’s unique writing and directing style, which draws heavily on his irreverent sense of humor and love of classic rock needle drops.
For many fans, a new Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack is just as exciting as the film itself, as Gunn brings fun, forgotten one-hit wonders back to the fore. Gunn says he’s aware of how much people love the music from his films and plans to make his Marvel swan song sound even better than his previous work.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gunn opened up about the meticulous work that went into curating the perfect collection of songs.
“I worked twice as hard on this soundtrack as I did on the first two soundtracks combined,” he said.
Gunn has never tried to hide how much the last Guardians of the Galaxy movie means to him. Not only is it the conclusion of the franchise that made him an A-list director, it’s also the most personal part of the trilogy for him, as it focuses on Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon.
“One of the reasons I came back [make] This film came about because I felt the need to tell Rocket’s story,” said Gunn. “For me, Rocket has always been the secret protagonist of the ‘Guardians’ films. I think he embodies many qualities of all Wardens. They’ve had all these traumas, and that brings them together. I just think he’s more extreme than others.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is slated to hit theaters on Friday, May 5, 2023.
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