Avengers: Endgame was an event over a decade in the making. So many stories involving so many characters had to come to a conclusion, some more definitive than others. Marvel is, of course, still making movies. Check out Spider-Man: Far from Home later this summer. However, of all the things made possible by the end of Endgame, and all the future things that were teased, one rises about the rest as being the most exciting and most promising. I speak, of course, of Thor joining the Guardians of the Galaxy, which will hopefully form the basis of the upcoming third Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
I’m assuming you’ve seen Endgame, because otherwise why would you be risking the spoilers by reading this article? As such, you know what happens. After Thanos is defeated, and the various Marvel heroes go on their way, Thor leaves the town of New Asgard and sets off into space with the surviving members of the Guardians of the Galaxy i.e. everybody but Gamora. It certainly seems to be setting the course for what the next adventure will be for this group, and it’s just brimming with potential.
Thank god for Taika Waititi. That’s for a few reasons, but mostly it’s because he basically revitalized the character of Thor. The first two Thor movies are, frankly, snoozes. Most people think that. They are forgettable, skippable films. Then, Thor: Ragnarok happened. It’s the funniest Marvel movie, and helped reshape the character. He’s no longer a stern, serious alien slash Norse god. He’s a comedic character who also wields a big ol’ hammer and axe. Chris Hemsworth seems full of so much more life getting to play Thor this way.
From the word go, Guardians has been a comedy-focused set of movies. Chris Pratt is the lead. James Gunn comes from comedy. Prior to Thor: Ragnarok, the Guardians were the headliners when it came to Marvel comedy. Now, those two worlds can be combined. Thor can join the Guardians, have new adventures, squabble with Peter Quill, and keep the story of the Guardians fresh.
It makes sense. No Marvel character has gotten more than three films of their own. Iron Man only got three, and obviously there won’t be any more of those. Captain America, or at least Steve Rogers as Captain America, got three as well. Plus, his third movie is basically an Avengers movie that has his name in the title. No disrespect to Thor, but if Iron Man and Captain America aren’t getting more than three movies, he shouldn’t either. However, unless those two characters, Thor is sticking around after the event of Endgame. Something needed to be done, and this was the only thing that makes sense. He’s an outer space character, an alien used to traveling the universe. That’s what the Guardians do. Plus, he brings a level of brawn and muscle that Star-Lord can’t. That’ll help when it comes to the formidable foes they may face in the future.
We don’t know what the next Guardians of the Galaxy has in store for us. However, given that these are the characters that travel space, and given that the larger universe has become an increasingly big part of the Marvel storytelling, they will probably be a jumping off point for what the next huge cataclysm, the next seemingly unstoppable villain, will end up being. There are some murmurs, perhaps more hopeful than anything else, that Galactus, the eater of worlds, will be popping up. That would certainly be a threat to the universe at large.
That being said, there are a few characters from the Marvel universe that have been teased in previous Guardians films that I hope may be getting more involved in the new film. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 teased the coming of Adam Warlock. In the film movie in the trilogy, we saw a glimpse of Cosmo the Spacedog and Howard the Duck. In fact, Howard shows up in the crowd at the end of Endgame was well. Nobody is clamoring for Howard the Duck to be a huge focal point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it would be fun to see him hanging out with the Guardians for a little while.
It seems those Guardians now include Thor. There are many reasons for positivity about Marvel’s films going forward. The next Spider-Man looks really good. Another Blank Panther movie is coming. However, above everything else, I’m amped to see the God of Thunder hanging out with a talking raccoon and a taciturn tree going who knows where on a spaceship. If Endgame gave me any promises that will keep me excited for the next phase of their films, it’s that one.