Fans are ready for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and that calls for a befitting recap. So far we have seen how the team came together under Star Lord aka Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and fought Ronan, protected the Power Stone, faced Quill’s father Ego the Living Planet and then faced off with Thanos twice. In the process they lost and regained Gamora (Zoe Saldana), saw Groot go from an adult to a baby and an adolescent and crossed paths with the Avengers. Before hitting the theatres for Vol. 3 — directed by James Gunn — we pick our five favourite Guardians of the Galaxy moments till now.
“Star Lord!” “Who?”
Right in the beginning of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, we see Peter Quill dance in to steal the Orb with the Power Stone inside. When caught by the soldiers of Kree, he says his name with the swag of a famous guy, only to have the soldier ask, “Who?”
The comic timing set the mood of the films to follow, assuring that GOTG would not be a bore.
Peter Quill and Kree soldier Marvel Entertainment
Star Lord’s dance-off with Ronan
Throughout the MCU movies we have seen heroes come up with various methods to defeat powerful villains, but Quill dancing in front of Ronan in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie might just top the list. Who would have thought that a man would choose a dance battle to defeat a villain with an Infinity Stone? Well, Star Lord, of course! He even sings the song himself, amidst destruction and an awed audience, both on screen and off it.
Star Lord takes on Ronan in a dance-off Marvel Entertainment
“Why is Gamora?”
In Avengers: Infinity War, the Avengers comprising Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), SpiderMan (Tom Holland) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) set off to look for Thanos. On the other side, the Guardians, too, set out on the same venture to retrieve the abducted Gamora from Thanos.
When they come across each other, they think the other to be agents of Thanos and Quill asks, “Where is Gamora?” Tony asks, “I’ll do you one better, who is Gamora?” To that, Drax says, “I’ll do you one better, why is Gamora?” Even in such a serious situation, the dialogue draws a chuckle and a lot of that credit goes to Drax’s serious delivery.
Collage of Quill holding Spiderman, Drax on the floor Marvel Entertainment
“He wasn't your daddy”
Yondu’s death in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 marked Quill’s loss of his final parental figure and the beginning of him becoming an adult on his own. After team bombs and kills Ego, the Living Planet, he has to see Yondu, the man who brought up Quill after stealing him, sacrifice himself.
Just before dying, Yondu says, “He may have been your father, but he wasn’t your daddy”. The emotions in this scene run high and set Ego apart from Yondu. It also touches people who are brought up by adoptive or step-parents. Even in the MCU, parents are the ones who give their all for you, not the one who gives birth to you only to take everything away.
Yondu and Peter shooting off to space as the former braces for death Marvel Entertainment
Peter and Gamora’s Kiss
MCU isn’t big on romantic relationships, but Peter and Gamora going from squabbling enemies to teammates to lovers was pretty aww-some for fans. It shows that both of them have matured and are trying to understand each other despite their differences. It also shows them in a different light: Quill without his jokes and Gamora without retorts. They share an intimate moment in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, where they’re both themselves. Not to mention, Quill losing Gamora soon afterwards hits harder and makes this scene even more special.
The kiss scene on the spaceship Marvel Entertainment
Asgardians of the Galaxy
Amongst the crossover scenes, Thor’s rendezvous with the Guardians in Avengers: Infinity War is one of the best. Quill gets into an invisible competition with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and feels jealous of how the other Guardians instantly show Thor respect and friendship. Quill tries to deepen his voice, and even compares biceps in a very humane gym-brothers way.
After this moment, they get together in Avengers: Endgame as well. While they chart their next move, Thor proposes alternative plans and soon Drax and Nebula start egging them on to fight who of the two should be the leader. Obviously both reject it, but it’s clear that both think themselves to be the leader. It is a cool moment between the two Chris’s, and the new name, Asgardians of the Galaxy, works out as a nice pun.
Peter Quill and Thor on the ship Marvel Entertainment