Finally, a Good Superhero Movie!: “Guardian’s Vol. 3”


“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” hit the box office on May 5, marking the last installment of the beloved trilogy. The movie, while full of Sci-fi wonder and action-packed scenes, artfully handles its main subjects of trauma and healing.

The star of the movie was Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon. Rocket was the heart of this movie and Cooper’s performance was phenomenal; that being said, the entire cast was great and put on a performance worth watching.

The movie has been a huge success with an audience score of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. It has already grossed just under $530 million worldwide after only two weeks in theaters. For comparison, the last Marvel movie to be released, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, made only $470.9 million its entire time at the box office. 

Like the first two installments in the trilogy, “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014) and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2017), “Vol. 3” has a killer soundtrack. Each movie implements soundtracks in such a unique way by having all the music played by a character. This way, the sound track is used to tell the story of how the characters are feeling, which adds so much to the charm of the movies.

Director James Gunn also showed that an emotional moment can be punctuated with a joke and not land poorly. When jokes are truly funny, they will always work. Marvel seems to think the only way to break emotional tension is by having a character say something quippy and painfully unneeded; the newest “Guardian’s” installment avoids this issue. “Vol. 3” also didn’t feel the need to end every emotional moment with a joke, and did let some sad moments actually be sad. It was nice to see a MCU movie that wasn’t scared of showing emotional depth. 

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”’s success shows that it’s not superheroes that audiences are tired of, it’s bad writing. 

The topic of superhero fatigue, the idea that audiences are tired of superhero movies, has been brought up everytime a new Marvel or DC Comics’ movie doesn’t do well. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”’s success shows that it’s not superheroes that audiences are tired of, it’s bad writing. 

It’s refreshing to watch a superhero movie that was created by people who actually read superhero comics. Director James Gunn genuinely cares about the comics and the characters he brings to life. 

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” is a fitting end to a fantastic trilogy. Also, if you have not seen it yet, I recommend staying through the final credits.