- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 introduces a new lineup for the team, adding more superpowered characters to Phase 5 of the MCU.
- The introduction of new heroes in the MCU has massively expanded the power sets of the Guardians, following a pattern seen in other projects.
- The MCU’s increasing number of powerful characters has created a problem for future adventures, as the idea of any villain posing a threat to them seems laughable.
Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 introduced a new line-up for the eponymous team, continuing an unusual pattern with the MCU’s heroes’ power levels. James Gunn’s final Marvel Studios project concluded the story of the original Guardians of the Galaxy team after seven appearances in the MCU since their debut in 2014. After saving Rocket’s life and investigating the villainous High Evolutionary, the Guardians of the Galaxy went their separate ways, allowing new members to flesh out the second iteration of the cosmic team. This change shifts the Guardians into new territory, adding even more superpowered characters to the MCU’s Phase 5.
In previous MCU projects, the Guardians of the Galaxy have regularly boasted abilities such as above-average strength, stamina, technological proficiency, and empathic abilities in the case of Mantis. The introduction of new heroes in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 expands the Guardians’ power sets massively, however, following a pattern that several MCU projects have now demonstrated. In recent years, Marvel Studios has debuted some incomprehensibly powerful heroes in the MCU, changing the limit of power in the franchise and creating a major problem for a variety of future adventures. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has only continued this trend.
How Powerful Is The New Guardians Of The Galaxy Team?
The ending of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 saw the original team disband, with several characters relinquishing their duties to allow new heroes to take their place. Peter Quill returned to Earth to reunite with his grandfather, though has been confirmed to be returning to the MCU as the Legendary Star-Lord. The 2014 variant of Gamora from Avengers: Endgame returned to her new Ravager family, consisting of characters adapted from Marvel Comics’ original Guardians of the Galaxy team. Drax and Nebula chose to stay on Knowhere and help to establish their new society, while Mantis headed out alone to discover who she is without a leader to follow.
Rocket and Groot are the only remaining members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, with Rocket being promoted to Captain following Peter Quill’s retirement from the team. Rocket’s new closure for his tragic history means he will be a more well-rounded member of the team and a very effective leader, while Groot has seen some major developments himself. Previous MCU projects have taken the second Groot from a baby, to a moody teenager, to a muscled adolescent, and now to a bulky and massive member of the new Guardians team. Groot showed off some impressive powers during Vol. 3, so there is surely more to come in the MCU’s future.
Kraglin, sporting Yondu’s Yaka arrow and fin, and the telepathic Cosmo have now become primary members of the Guardians team. However, it’s new characters Adam Warlock and Phyla who boost the Guardians’ power level immensely, with both having almost god-like abilities. Warlock’s Sovereign physiology grants him impressive powers, though his uniqueness comes from his energy manipulation, regenerative healing ability, and self-sustenance, allowing him to survive in space without protective gear. Based on Marvel Comics’ Phyla-Vell, the MCU’s Phyla is an experiment of the High Evolutionary, gifted enhanced stamina, high-level intelligence, and the ability to manipulate cosmic energy, which she showed off in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’s post-credits scene.
Marvel Is Introducing Too Many Powerful Characters
After the events of Avengers: Endgame, the MCU was left without several of its best superheroes, so Phases 4 and 5 have been used to introduce new powered characters into the franchise. While this can be exciting for audiences, the fact that so many super-powerful heroes have debuted in recent years creates a power problem for the MCU. During Phase 4, Thor: Love & Thunder introduced Hercules and the Eternity-created Love into the MCU, both holding extreme levels of power, and characters such as Moon Knight, Namor, Shang-Chi, and the Eternals rival them. This pattern has only continued into the MCU’s Phase 5.
While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 introduced Adam Warlock and Phyla, Secret Invasion also saw the Skrull G’iah enhance herself with the DNA of high-profile MCU characters from the Harvest, including Captain America, Thanos, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and many more. This makes G’iah one of the MCU’s most powerful characters – ridiculously so – now demonstrating a power level rivaling Carol Danvers. By the time Danvers teams up with Monica Rambeau and Kamala Khan in The Marvels, the MCU will have so many overpowered heroes that the idea of any villain posing a threat to them seems laughable, which is something that Marvel Studios seriously needs to address.