Guardians of the Galaxy has built a legacy by pairing its comedic cast of surprisingly layered characters with stunning action set pieces that beautifully sync to classic songs. So it seems fitting to start an article about the franchise's potential final entry with a song lyric. "Oh, the times they are a changing."
After Avengers: Endgame, Marvel has been on something of an experimental streak. At the beginning of phase four, Marvel tried their hand at producing a weighty century-spanning drama with The Eternals and was met with a lukewarm reception. Undaunted by its first true critical misfire, Marvel decided to remain experimental by weaving their complex continuity across a litany of television series that were advertised to play heavily into the movies. And while the quality of the shows was generally hit or miss, the fatigue they inspired among die-hard fans and casuals alike is evident in the underwhelming box-office results of Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania.
Continuing in the trend of breaking new ground with their current phases, Marvel is going to feature the first f-bomb in the studio's history with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Language! James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is confirmed to feature the first uncensored f-bomb in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
A new clip from Guardians 3 was recently released, in which Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) tells Nebula (Karen Gillan) to, quote, "Open the [bleep] door." On Twitter, writer-director Gunn subsequently confirmed that the bleeped word is, in fact, "fucking," and that it would appear uncensored in the final film. "You can only have one [f-bomb] in a PG-13 movie," Gunn wrote. "That said it wasn't planned — I told Chris to add it on set and it just made the moment funnier so we kept [it]."