Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has finally been unveiled to its first audience, with the Hollywood premiere and press screenings on Thursday night. The first reactions are pouring in ahead of the film’s May 5 release.
This is the last Marvel Studios film from writer-director James Gunn, who became a top director with the first Guardians of the Universe film and has risen to the top job as co-head of DC Studios in the intervening years.
The film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff and Sean Gunn, who star alongside franchise newcomers Will Poulter and Chukwudi Iwuji.
Much of the cast has been together for a decade, and this is the end of the road for many of them. Bautista and Saldaña have both stated that they are done with their characters. “I don’t think this is the end for the Guardians. It’s the end for me, for Gamora,” said Saldaña in a The Hollywood Reporter cover story op Guardians 3.
In that same cover story, Pratt reflects on the ending and how he bonded with the cast. “I’ve done jobs where I was so close to people, then the job ends and I never see them again. And that’s happening,” Pratt says, before adding after a pause, “I don’t think that’s going to happen with us.”
Read on for the first reactions to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.