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Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 3 Review: A First Class Sendoff to the MCU’s Second-Best Team

Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 3

Let’s be real: it feels like the once-mighty MCU now really needs a hit. Phase 4 has been, to be kind, uneven. And so, can James Gunn bring some magic back before heading off to DC? Yes. Good news, true believers! Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 3 is a good movie! You will laugh, you will cry (believe me, you will CRY), you will believe a living talking tree can fly? Ok, well, maybe not that far, but it is a solid movie.

That being said, it is missing some of the magic of previous outings. But it does deliver a satisfying end to the trilogy of films focused on our special band of a-holes. Rocket builds stuff. Drax and Mantis banter. Groot takes new forms. Star-lord is… just sort of there (which is good if you, like many, are at the end of your tolerance for Chris Pratt). But returning supporting characters also get some great work, like Kraglin and Cosmo. Cosmo is a very good dog. Cosmo is maybe the best dog. Good dog, Cosmo.

Our story involves Rocket’s origins and his ties to new villain The High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji), who is desperately searching for Rocket, deploying every resource at his disposal. This includes returning baddies The Sovereign and their new experiment teased in the after-credits of Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2: Adam Warlock (Will Poulter). Some comic book nerds are going to be very upset at Adam Warlock’s portrayal in this film as it is incredibly divorced from its comics lore. Just sit tight and wait to the end and what this portends for the future of the character, and forgive the film for needing a Big Bad who is actually a match for our Guardians of the Galaxy.

After an initial fight with Warlock leaves Rocket mortally wounded, Peter and the rest of Guardians have to undertake a desperate heist to save their friend. And through this we learn about Rocket’s origins and his previous life with other experiments of the High Evolutionary Lylla, Teefs, and Floor. And this is the section of the movie that will make you cry and should probably come with a content warning.

Guardians of the Galaxy is a series that has massive kid-appeal. Your kid loves Rocket and Groot, right? Well, this film contains scenes of implied animal torture and experimentation that is incredibly upsetting both for children and adults. While the intent is obviously to create pathos, it is maybe the most disturbing thing so far in the relatively anodyne MCU.

The High Evolutionary is also abusive: the way he speaks to Rocket and treats him is steeped in patterns any kid who grew up in a verbally and emotionally abusive home will immediately recognize. Again, this might be traumatic for people, so go in eyes open and maybe have a therapy session scheduled soon after, just in case.

And while the film focuses a lot on Rocket, its greatest strength is in providing something for every other single team member to do. Everyone gets a true superhero moment, and even better, several team-up moments where we see our gang of misfits fighting together. A hallway battle late in the third act is a symphony of teamwork and gonzo filmmaking only James Gunn could deliver.

Explosions? Yes. Guts and bodily fluids of various colors spraying everywhere? (It’s ok MPAA, they’re aliens and creatures, get it?) You know it! Laser blasts, punches, kicks, impalements, bisections, Groot showing what he can do with his various forms? Oh, HELLS yes.

And, again, everyone gets a hero moment. Mantis has a particularly fun one late in the film that I will simply call her Paul Atreides moment. But it is that same sort of heroic epic moment usually only given to single protagonists, and every. single. member. of the team gets one. It’s obvious James Gunn is leaving everything out on the field in his likely final entry into the MCU, and the last cinematic outing for this particular team of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

The themes from past films of found family continue to shine through. There’s also a strong potential queer/trans allegory in a lot of this, as The High Evolutionary obsesses over “his creations” needing to be “perfect” in his eyes. (Again, the abuse shown and implied here.) But as Rocket and his fellow experiments choose their own names and do things beyond his designs, they are further abused and rejected.

There is also a story of liberation here that comes at a time when basic human rights, from reproductive freedom to state governments bullying trans kids (and even legislators), are increasingly under attack. Guardians of the Galaxy continues to be a series for those of us who are misfits, but have a strength — when we fight together — that rivals any Avengers lineup.

It’s nowhere close to a perfect film. But it earns a space as one of my favorite films of Phase 4. And its message comes at a time when we couldn’t possibly need it more.

3.75 anulax batteries out of 5 (they’re pronounced “harbulary batteries.”)

DC’s Creature Commandos’ voice cast revealed

Creature Commandos

The future of DC‘s television and movie universe is becoming a bit clearer as the cast of the animated Creature Commandos series has been announced. The show is part of the first phase of the new vision dubbed “Gods and Monsters.”

The cast is rather familiar, full of names we’ve seen before. Sean Gunn returns in his role as Weasel and will also be voicing G.I. Robot. Frank Grillo goes from the Marvel Universe to DC and will voice Rick Flag Sr. Maria Bakalova also hops universes and will voice Princess Ilana Rostovic, Indira Varma as The Bride, Zoe Chao as Nina Mazursky, Alan Tudyk as Dr. Phosphorus, David Harbour crosses over from two other comic universeses (though he already was in a previous DC film) and will play Eric Frankenstein, with Steve Agee reprising his role as John Economos.

Creature Commandos is a seven-episode animated series which sees Amanda Waller recruiting a team of prisoners who also happen to be monsters. James Gunn, one of the architects of the new DC vision, has written all of the episodes of the first season.

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and we have a lot coming at you! So buckle in as we kick off the week with some comic news and reviews you might have missed from the weekend.

The Beat – Meet DC Comics’s new publicist: James Gunn! – Good to see this happening.

Kotaku – Trans Witch Games Bundle Is A Cool Alternative To Hogwarts Legacy – A better way to spend your money.


CBR – Bishop: War College #1
Collected Editions – Trial of the Amazons

Bishop: War College #1

Around the Tubes

Where Monsters Lie #1

The weekend has come and gone. What geeky things did you all do? Sound off in the comments. While you start your week, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

ICv2 – ‘Oh No!’ Creator of ‘Webcomic Name’ Raises Almost $250,000 for Legal Fees – …

CBR – James Gunn’s New DCU is Selling Comic Books – Good.


The Beat – Book of Evil
Atomic Junk Shop – Nightwing #100
Collected Editions – Nubia and the Amazons
CBR – Where Monsters Lie #1

Those Two Geeks Episode 204: Yakking about DC Movie News

The two geeks spend some time talking about James Gunn’s upcoming slate of movies for the DC Universe, some minor toy talk (at the end) and try not to shiver on a day where temperatures are cold enough to freeze a Winnebago.

Mostly toys.

You can reach Alex and Joe can be found on Twitter respectively @karcossa and @FirstRonin4 if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on Twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Music by AlexGrohl from Pixabay

DC Studios announces 10 new film and television projects including Amanda Waller, Superman, Booster Gold, and more!

DC logo

DC Studios Co-Chairmen and CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran have announced plans for their first 10 film and television projects under the new DC banner they lead across film, television, and animation. Gunn and Safran are designing and implementing a long-term interconnected story for the iconic franchise and characters, and today shared details on “Chapter 1” focused on “Gods and Monsters” with five new films and five television series for HBO Max already in development.

The plan is for a connected universe with all ten projects set within the same shared DC Universe. Characters will crossover between projects.

The reveal has some surprising announcements but shows a very wide variety of characters and projects. Live action, animation, television, and film, some of the projects are high profile characters and some are sure to be the stars of tomorrow.

What also stands out from the announcement is Gunn’s promotion of other projects that will be outside of this connected world and will be labeled as “Elseworlds”. Examples are The Batman and the upcoming Joker sequel.

Film Projects:

  • Superman: Legacy – written by Gunn, the film will hit theaters on July 11, 2025, and focus on Superman balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing.
  • The Authority – DC’s WildStorm characters will join the DCU as members of The Authority take matters into their own hands to do what they believe is right
  • The Brave and the Bold – the DCU will introduce its Batman and Robin in this unusual father-son story inspired by Grant Morrison’s comic series
  • Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow – this science fiction adventure, which will be based on Tom King’s amazing, award-winning recent comics stories, presents a Supergirl viewers are not used to seeing
  • Swamp Thing – the film will investigate the dark origins of Swamp Thing

Television projects for HBO Max:

  • Creature Commandos – a seven-episode animated show in which Amanda Waller creates a black ops team out of monstrous prisoners; Gunn wrote all the episodes of the first season
  • Waller – starring Viola Davis, this series features Team Peacemaker and will be written by Christal Henry (Watchmen) and Jeremy Carver (Supernatural)
  • Booster Gold – Booster Gold uses basic technology from the future to pretend to be a superhero in present day
  • Lanterns – this enormous TV event series follows intergalactic cops John Stewart and Hal Jordan as they uncover a dark mystery 
  • Paradise Lost ­– set in Themyscira, home of the Amazons and birthplace of Wonder Woman, this drama focuses on the genesis and political intrigue of an island of all women

It’s an interesting mix of known and unknown properties for the wide masses. What do you think of the initial lineup? Sound off in the comments!

Congressman Robert Garcia “threatens” to haul James Gunn in front of Congress

Newly elected Congressman Robert Garcia is a comic fan, not only stating his want of a “comic caucus” but also being sworn in on a copy of Superman #1.

Now, Congressman Garcia wants to know the future of the DC cinematic universe and has “threatened” to haul James Gunn in front of congress to find out his plans. According to Garcia “the American people deserve answers.”

Rumors are swirling some of the plans will be revealed this Tuesday. The pressure of Congress!

Gunn has clearly taken notice…

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here and it’s a pretty big holiday weekend! Hope you all have a good one. While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and a review from around the web.

The Beat – More on AfterShock bankruptcy, Heavy Metal restructuring and Dead Reckoning publishing – More details on the meltdowns.

Publisher’s Weekly – Indie Comics Publishers Face Year-End Financial Troubles – Absolutely the story of the year.

CBR – James Gunn Is Working With Jim Lee to Better Coordinate DC Studios and Comics – This, honestly, never really seemed like a big issue. Definitely can be improved, but there was clearly coordination before.

The Mary Sue – How ‘Naruto’ and a PETA Court Case Could Strike a Blow Against AI Art – Good points.


CBR – I Hate Fairyland #2

I Hate Fairyland #2

James Gunn teases the DC Cinematic Universe’s future including new Superman… without Henry Cavill

James Gunn took to Twitter to tease what’s coming as far as the DC cinematic universe. While specifics were limited, Gunn did say that part of the slate is a new Superman film focused on the earlier part of Superman’s life, though not an origin story. That means Superman won’t be played by Henry Cavill.

It’s a big shift from recent announcements. In October, Cavill declared “I am back as Superman” after his appearance as the character in Black Adam. This was just a day before the new duo of James Gunn and Peter Safran were announced as heading up DC’s properties for Warner Bros. Discovery.

Below is Gunn’s Twitter thread.

Peter & I have a DC slate ready to go, which we couldn’t be more over-the-moon about; we’ll be able to share some exciting information about our first projects at the beginning of the new year.

Among those on the slate is Superman. In the initial stages, our story will be focusing on an earlier part of Superman’s life, so the character will not be played by Henry Cavill.

But we just had a great meeting with Henry and we’re big fans and we talked about a number of exciting possibilities to work together in the future.

This is slightly different than Cavill’s statement which makes it seem like his time is completely over, while Gunn leaves open the possibility of future work.

Henry Cavill Superman

It’s the latest drama concerning DC’s movies that include rumors that execs weren’t happy about Dwayne Johnson’s inclusion of Cavill’s Superman in the film and fans claiming it was all a stunt pushed by Johnson to hype the film throwing Cavill under the bus in a way.

Gunn will be writing the untitled Superman film but the director hasn’t been decided.

Also mentioned was a meeting with Ben Affleck who has said he wants to direct a film. They’re working on finding the right project to make that happen.

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