Taika Waititi explains what happened to the Guardians of the Galaxy in Thor 4

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Thor: Love and Thunder.

Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi has explained why the Guardians of the Galaxy didn’t have bigger roles in Thor’s fourth adventure.

Thor left with the Guardians after the events of Avengers: Endgame and the ragtag group of intergalactic misfits who featured prominently in the trailer for Thor 4, leading some people to believe that Star-Lord, Drax, Rocket Racoon, Nebula, Mantis, and Groot were going to get major roles in the film. As it turned out, they only appeared for a few minutes.

Speaking to Insider, director Taika Waititi explained what happened to the Guardians of the Galaxy and why they didn’t return after their opening scenes with Chris Hemsworth’s titular character in Thor: Love and Thunder. He said they considered having them appear at the end of the film, but in the end decided it wasn’t the right time and place.

“The plan was always to have them in the beginning and then move on. Because they have their own movie. There was talk of them coming back at the end,” he revealed, adding: “The point is that this happens in every movie. Not anymore. No more cavalry coming in at the end. So we put that idea away. We just wanted Jane to come in at the end.”

Lots of adventures are coming up with the Guardians crew, starting with the I Am Groot series of shorts on Disney+ in August and later in the year, the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special which is said to take place between Thor: Love and Thunder and the third Guardians movie, which is now on deck and will be released in May 2023.

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As for Thor: Love and Thunder, the film has proven to be another box office success story. The latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe made $302 million at the worldwide box office in its first weekend, grossing $143 million in North America and another $159 million internationally to secure the 12th-best opening for an MCU title. set.

IGN awarded Thor: Love and Thunder a 7 out of 10 in its spoiler-free review of the film, noting that the fourth Thor film may have been held back slightly by a cookie-cutter plot and mishandling of supporting characters, but it ultimately ended. succeeded as the “MCU’s first romantic comedy thanks to the chemistry of Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman.”

Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.

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