After watching Avengers Endgame and re-watching Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Netflix, I had the inclination to create my own 15 track soundtrack to what the sequel’s songs would most likely sound like. Director James Gunn was hired back to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after the cast and crew fought to have his genius back. He was fired last year by Disney for some controversial tweets he sent years ago when he began his career. People say this film will be personal for him. This movie may not come out for another three years. It’s rumored to come out between 2020 and 2022 [Update: The movie is set to be released on May 23, 2023]. There are some hints as to what fans might expect in the glorifying and colorful sequel. It’s also pegged to be the final film in a trilogy [Update: This is true and director James Gunn recently stated that the final installment will also be the darkest one in the trilogy] to close the chapter on the cosmic character’s arcs.
Here is a major spoiler: At the end of Avengers Endgame, the Guardians of the Galaxy are brought back to life by the Hulk’s re-snap using a model infinity gauntlet from Stark tech. After the last battle against Thanos, Fat Thor seems to have joined the Guardians of the Galaxy (GOTG) including Peter Quill (Star-Lord), Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Nebula, and Mantis. Gamora who is the one from a timeline before she met the Guardians is missing. Quill is in search of his long-lost love.
Predictions: In one of the many end credits from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 they show the golden high priestess of the Sovereign planet Ayesha (Kismet) who is sitting in front of a cocoon waiting for something or someone to be born. She named the thing “Adam”. Many have speculated it to be Adam Warlock and were a little disappointed when he had not shown up during the infinity saga. In the Infinity Gauntlet comic series, Adam Warlock has a massive storyline for which he is one of the characters responsible for defeating Thanos. However, since much time has passed since 2014 (when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 takes place), it might be enough time in the year 2023+ to finally wake up the immensely powerful being, Adam Warlock [Update: It has been confirmed that Adam Warlock will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and be portrayed by actor, Will Poulter (Midsommar and the Maze Runner series)] Now that Thor is an additional member of GOTG [Update: Not officially confirmed], Adam Warlock could act as a overwhelming foe to the screwballs. And I bet a great deal of the storyline will revolve around Quill looking for Gamora and then re-recruiting her to the GOTG. There could be other cosmic threats from the Avengers opening the timeline where Loki is alive with the Tesseract. That could be saved for his TV show on Disney+. Some rumors suggest that the next big super villain could be Kang The Conquerer, a super-intelligent man full of hatred and hellbent on taking over timelines. He’s from the 30th Century and could try and invade the 21st Century.
Let’s talk about what we’re doing here. Guardians of the Galaxy films always had such wonderful soundtracks that painted moments of fun and emotion for our colorful characters. One thing I noticed is most of the songs on the list come from the 1970’s. The music usually consists of classic rock, country, funk, and disco. If Quill’s Zune (Obsolete iPod that got beat out by Apple), continues to play similar genre music like from the two films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe then I think these next 15 songs could be great additions to the Guardians of the Galaxy discography.
Here is the track list that I came up with. Under each title, I’ve embedded the audio recordings from YouTube.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 3
1: Electric Light Orchestra – Don’t Bring Me Down (1979)
2: America – A Horse With No Name (1971)
3: The Band – The Weight (1968)
4: Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s the Way of the World (1975)
5: Jim Croce – I Got A Name (1973)
6: Rod Stewart – Maggie May (1971)
7: Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild (1968)
8: Paul McCartney and Wings – Band on the Run (1973)
9: David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust (1972)
10: Eagles – One of These Nights (1975)
11: Kool & The Gang – Hollywood Swinging (1973)
12: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Wooden Ships (1969)
13: The Who – Pinball Wizard (1969)
14: Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours (1970)
15: Elton John – Rocket Man (1972)
So there you have a mock Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 3 soundtrack. What do you think? You think the sequel will stick with the same music formula or branch into something totally different? What if they play 80’s or 90’s music? I feel those decades don’t capture the essence of Guardians of the Galaxy. And if there are better songs you could think of that are not on any of the other two soundtracks, which would they be and which one would you replace them with on this list. In the meantime, enjoy listening.
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