Will Thor Be in Guardians of the Galaxy 3? Explained

During the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, fans were delighted to see the chemistry between Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy, as the God of Thunder even unilaterally declared himself a member of the group. Of course, we know that Thor did indeed become a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy when they went on adventures all over the universe during the events of Thor: Love and Thunder. But the Guardians are now going to return for the third installment of their movie franchise. So, will Thor be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3?

Thor won’t be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. This was something that James Gunn confirmed a while back when he said that he never planned for Thor to be in the third movie of the Guardians. As such, fans shouldn’t expect Thor to return to the Guardians of the Galaxy anytime soon.

While it might be true that Thor’s chemistry with Peter Quill and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy was something that was really entertaining, the fact is that their team-up was more likely a one-time thing only. As such, fans should expect them to team up again anytime soon. So, with that said, let’s look at this topic in greater detail.

Will Thor Be In Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3?

The one thing that fans have always loved about Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is the fact that he is comedy gold because he can fit into almost any kind of situation in the world of the MCU. Whether we’re talking about his fellow Asgardians, alien rejects, or the Avengers, Thor has always found himself fitting into any kind of situation. Of course, we also saw him fitting incredibly well with the Guardians of the Galaxy in their brief moment together.

During the events of Avengers: Infinity War, Thor actually worked together with the Guardians of the Galaxy, particularly Rocket and Groot, to forge Stormbreaker and use it to kill Thanos. While he seems to be one of the few people that Rocket actually respects, Thor’s friendly and hilarious arguments with Peter Quill were also very fun to watch, as it was clear that he had chemistry with the Guardians of the Galaxy.

After working with Rocket and Groot, Thor ended up working with the Guardians and the rest of the Avengers in the war against Thanos. The group defeated Thanos, and Thor gave the leadership role of Asgard to Valkyrie because he felt that he needed to find himself as an adventurer. And he did so by unilaterally declaring himself a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, to Peter Quill’s surprise.

Of course, in Thor: Love and Thunder, we did see Thor working together with the Guardians of the Galaxy. It was clear that they were good together, even though both Thor and Quill had their own personal problems. Thor, of course, still felt lonely after the many losses that he had suffered in his life. Meanwhile, Quill was still stinging from the loss of Gamora.

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Nevertheless, Thor became the powerhouse member of the Guardians because he could singlehandedly defeat an entire army all on his own. But they had to part ways during the early part of the movie because they needed to be elsewhere. Thor needed to investigate the deaths of different gods throughout the universe, while the Guardians needed to help the people who were affected by the deaths of the gods of their own worlds. As such, Thor left the Guardians and eventually reunited with Jane Foster over at New Asgard.

At this point, it is already clear that the Guardians of the Galaxy are going to get a third movie, which is said to be the final one for this iteration or version of the Guardians (a new-generation group might be on its way). So, does that mean Thor will return in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 to reunite with his friends?

In a video clip posted by My Mom’s Basement with Robbie Fox, there was a discussion regarding how fans believe that James Gunn’s removal (he was rehired) from Guardians of the Galaxy was the reason why the team-up between Thor and the Guardians happened in Love and Thunder instead of in Vol. 3.

However, James Gunn himself said that he never planned on putting Thor in Guardians of the Galaxy, regardless of whether or not he was removed from the project. Of course, we know that he returned to helm Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and that means that he most likely did good on his word by not including Thor in the third movie.

Basically speaking, Gunn never intended Thor to be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and that’s the reason why the team-up between the characters happened in the fourth Thor movie instead of in the third Guardians movie. As such, he won’t be appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, although the chance of him making a cameo probably isn’t out of the question.

Why Won’t Thor Be In Guardians Of The Galaxy 3?

So, while we do know that Thor won’t be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 because James Gunn himself said so, some fans are wondering why he isn’t going to be in the movie. After all, he is comedy gold, especially when he’s working alongside the Guardians.

At this point, we do believe that Thor was never going to be a permanent member of the Guardians of the Galaxy as he only joined them temporarily because he was still trying to find his place in the universe after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Before the final part of Endgame, he was a broken man that didn’t know where he belonged in the universe, and that’s the reason why he declared himself a member of the Guardians so that he could find himself out there while going on adventures with them.

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However, at the end of Thor: Love and Thunder, we saw Thor finally finding his place in the universe as the foster father of Love, who is an aspect of the cosmic entity called Eternity. That means that he is out adventuring with his daughter all over the universe, all while the Guardians themselves are also going on adventures of their own. And we also saw that Thor’s next adventure should put him in front of Hercules after what he did to Zeus in Love and Thunder.

Of course, James Gunn also said that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 could be the final run of this iteration of the Guardians. That means that the movie should focus more on the Guardians themselves instead of allowing someone like Thor to come in and steal the spotlight from the original members of this group.

As such, it is only right for Thor to be absent from the third installation of the Guardians of the Galaxy because he has his own story to tell, while this movie focuses more on the stories of the original members of the Guardians in the hopes of wrapping up their individual journeys.

  • Ysmael is a self-professed geek that loves anything related to fantasy, sci-fi, video gaming, and anime. Spends his free time watching movies, TV shows and gaming, a lot.