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In Guardians of the Galaxy, brash space adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the quarry of relentless bounty hunters after he steals an orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain. To evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with four disparate misfits: gun-toting Rocket Raccoon, treelike-humanoid Groot, enigmatic Gamora, and vengeance-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when he discovers the orb’s true power and the cosmic threat it poses, Quill must rally his ragtag group to save the universe.
The first film was directed by James Gunn, who wrote the screenplay with Nicole Perlman, it features an ensemble cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper as the titular Guardians, along with Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro.
Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters as the 10th Marvel Cinematic Universe feature film on August 1, 2014 to the tune of a $773.3 million box office on a $232.3 million budget. It was the fourth film as part of Phase Two.
In the sequel, Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter’s parentage is revealed.
Volume 2 was also written and directed by Gunn, the film saw the return of Pratt, Saldaña, Bautista, Diesel, Cooper, Rooker, and Gillan while adding to the cast Pom Klementieff, Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 brought in $863.8 million at the box office on a $200 million budget. It was the 15th MCU project and the third film of the third phase. The sequel hit theaters on May 5, 2017.
The third and final Guardians of the Galaxy film will hit theaters on May 5, 2023 and once again was written and directed by Gunn. Volume 3 stars Pratt, Saldaña, Bautista, Diesel, Cooper, Klementieff, Stallone, Sean Gunn, Chukwudi Iwuji, Will Poulter, Elizabeth Debicki, and Maria Bakalova. The film is set to be the 32nd project in the MCU and the second in Phase Five.