Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt says that the upcoming third film could take place before the events of Avengers: Infinity War, but there are plenty of reasons for fans to assume that he’s tricking us. (Warning: spoilers to follow!)
On the red carpet of the MTV Awards (where he received the Generation Award for this year), Pratt, who plays Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was asked about the Guardians’ future in the franchise, especially in light of Avengers’ dramatic finale.
That ending may not affect the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, he said, because the new entry “might take place in the past.”
This contradicts what director James Gunn has long maintained, that Vol. 3 would be set after Infinity War and would be used to set up the next decade of the MCU. So either Pratt does not know what is actually in store for his character yet, or he is deliberately trying to lead fans off track about how the Infinity War finale will ultimately be resolved.
As most fans know by now, Infinity War saw the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) trying to collect all six Infinity Stones, in order to wipe out half of all life in the galaxy. Many were shocked that he succeeded, killing them all with a simple snap of his fingers.
The Guardians were particularly hard hit in the film; of the team, only Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) survived through the whole movie, as did Nebula (Karen Gillan), their enemy-turned-sometimes-ally. Pratt’s own character died, as did Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Groot (Vin Diesel) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff).
This has led to a certain difficulty for Marvel Studios, since obviously there is going to be a third Guardians film, and several other dead character (Spider-Man, Black Panther and Doctor Strange) are also due for sequels. While there have been comments about future movies possibly being prequels, most fans are savvy enough to realize that Thanos’ massive murder spree is going to get undone somehow. How will not be known until next year’s fourth Avengers film, though Ant-Man & the Wasp and Captain Marvel will likely begin to set it up before that film finally comes out.