Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Ending Explained (In Detail)

By Marc Miller
Published: May 5, 2023
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Ending Explained

We discuss the ending of the MCU film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which will contain significant spoilers.

What is being billed as the final ride has Peter Quill, AKA Star-Lord, on a depressed bender after losing Gamora when Thanos sacrificed her, ending “Starmora” for good. The rest of the team is floundering with him as they have taken up in Knowhere with Kraglin and Cosmo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Nebula continues to criticize people, particularly the empathetic Mantis and lovable Drax. Groot is growing into his own, with his branches growing stronger by the day.

However, Rocket feels restless because the team has no direction. That’s when the High Evolutionary sends the Sovereign Warrior Warlock to capture the beloved trash panda.

That’s because Rocket is one of his greatest creations and a key to building a perfect world that the galaxy has never known. In the attempt to capture him, Warlock badly injures Rocket. While a med pack fails to save him, Quill discovers his heart has a kill switch.

They must figure out how to disarm it within forty-eight hours, or they will lose Rocket for good.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Ending Explained – A Detailed Breakdown

What is Rocket’s backstory?

The backstory consists of the High Evolutionary genetically experimenting on Rocket. The goal is to accelerate different species scientifically into their most evolved capacity. However, the experiment always ends with the subject turning menacing and dangerous. This leads to the animals being destroyed.

Rocket figures out the weakness in his master’s plan and promises to take him to the new world, along with his childhood friends, an otter named Lylla, a walrus named Teefs, and a rabbit named Floor. However, Rocket later finds out that the High Evolutionary has no plans to bring him and orders Rocket’s brain to be removed and his friends destroyed. Rocket tries to help his friends escape, but armed guards kill them.

Do the Guardians of the Galaxy save Rocket?

The Guardians of the Galaxy save Rocket by uploading the code to turn off Rocket’s kill switch. The team accomplished this by traveling to Orgosphere to locate Rocket’s file to override the switch. However, when they obtain it, they discover the section of the code they need is missing. That’s because Recorder Theel stole it and uploaded it to his cybernetic brain implant.

The Guardians eventually follow Theel to the new world where the High Evolutionary has created a society of perfect beings on “Counter-Earth.” Peter and Groot manage to take Theel hostage by jumping through a ship’s broken window. Groot grabs the back of Peter and makes wings out of his roots. Peter rips the implant out of Theel’s head and uploads the code to save Rocket, courtesy of Gamora flying the ship to meet them.

Do the Guardians of the Galaxy defeat the High Evolutionary?

The Guardians of the Galaxy defeat the High Evolutionary with the help of Kraglin flying Knowhere and the telekinesis powers of Cosmo. After overpowering the gene-altering superhuman’s army, Peter, Rocket, and the rest surround the fallen High Evolutionary, who is now wounded and lying on his back.

Gamora pulls off his mask, revealing a grotesquely disfigured face. Rocket refuses to kill him, and they leave the High Evolutionary there to die as the ship breaks apart.

Does Peter Quill die in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3?

No, Peter does not die in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. In fact, he was unable to make it to the planet Knowhere and was left to freeze to death in space before the Warlock Adam saves him.

Adam brings Peter back to the planet/ship, and the group surrounds him with a group hug.

What does Groot say at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3?

Groot says, “I love you guys,” at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. This, of course, is a departure for the character. After numerous films, a television series, and a special, the two incarnations of the character always say, “I am Groot.”

Ready Steady Cut Editor-in-Chief Daniel Hart has an interesting interpretation of this event. This can also be interpreted as the audience finally being able to understand Groot. And since “alternate” Gamora spends most of the film identifying with the audience, not understanding him, it’s a “clever” breaking of the fourth wall that brings the Guardians and the audience together.

Why does Peter leave the Guardians of the Galaxy?

Peter leaves the Guardians of the Galaxy to go back to Earth to see his grandfather because he hasn’t seen him or been back home since he was eight years old. Like most of the Guardians, they have been a surrogate family and served a purpose.

The rest of the team follows their own paths as well. Gamora returns with the Ravagers, and it’s obvious she has found a community. Mantis leaves to be on her own and explore the galaxy. Nebula and Drax stay on Knowhere to raise the genetically engineered children they saved. Rocket is made the new captain of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Was there a mid-credits scene?

Yes, there is a mid-credits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The team consists of Rocket, Groot, Cosmo, Adam, and Kraglin are going over their favorite songs.

They then prepare to fight a predatory race terrorizing a vulnerable population on an unknown planet.

Was there an after-credits scene?

Yes, there is an end-credits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Peter and his grandfather sit at the table and end with, “The legendary Star-Lord will return.”

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