Major Spoilers Ahead For Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is finally in theaters, bringing the current chapter of the Guardians team to an end. The Marvel Cinematic Universe film concludes the ongoing story arcs of beloved characters like Rocket Raccoon, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Mantis, Groot, Nebula, and more in a fittingly emotional and hilarious way.
While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 mainly focuses on its main cast from previous movies, the film also takes the time to introduce several new characters. Some of these new characters stood out more than others, making a major impact in their MCU debut.
10 The High Evolutionary’s Hellspawn
In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the High Evolutionary possesses an army of genetically mutated creatures known as the Hellspawn. These horrific creations engage in an epic battle against the Guardians of the Galaxy in the film’s climax, led by notable generals like Judy Greer’s War Pig and Peter Davidson’s Phlektik
While the Hellspawn aren’t exactly major characters in the latest Guardians film, they do make for terrifying enemies. Their terrifying design and sleek movements make them terrific killers who could have easily ripped their way through any of the Guardians if given the chance, making them a memorable part of the film.
After working with James Gunn in The Suicide Squad, Daniela Melchior makes an extended cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 as Ura, an attendant working at Orgocorp. Ura is taken hostage by Gamora and the other Guardians, who force her to help them locate files on Rocket Raccoon’s creation.
While Ura’s role in Guardians of the Galaxy is small, it is nonetheless quite memorable. Her presence allows for a fun running gag wherein the other Guardians attempt to keep Gamora from going on a murderous rampage, as well as an extended bit that involves Star-Lord getting his mojo back as he flirts with the hostage.
The ending of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 sees the eponymous Marvel heroes get a new cute pet in Blurp, a strange creature that had been living aboard the Orgocorp space station. After Adam Warlock incinerates his master, Blurp joins Adam on his continuing adventures, eventually coming along for the ride with the new Guardians of the Galaxy.
Blurp may be yet another adorable creature designed to sell toys, but it is difficult to dislike this bizarre alien. Now that Baby Groot has evolved into his final form, Blurp could take on the role of the team’s token cute character in any potential future Guardians of the Galaxy movies.
7 Master Karja
Nathan Fillion, who has worked with James Gunn on multiple movies in the past, including Slither and The Suicide Squad, makes an appearance as Master Karja, the head of security aboard the Orgocorp space station. He attempts to stop the Guardians from stealing important files but is unsuccessful in the end.
Master Karja is surprisingly hilarious given his small amount of screen time in the film. The running joke that involves his seething hatred for an unnamed coworker is nothing short of brilliant, proving to be remarkably reminiscent of Michael Scott’s infamous hatred for HR representative Tobey Flenderson in The Office.
Floor, voiced by Mikaela Hoover, is a rabbit who was subject to the High Evolutionary’s callous genetic experiments. As a part of Batch 89, Floor befriends Rocket Raccoon and joins him in his escape attempt, only to be shot and killed shortly after exiting her cage.
Despite some truly horrific imagery involving Floor’s upgrades, the rabbit is utterly adorable and, had she appeared in any other movie, would have been a happy addition to the franchise. However, Floor’s tragic death is instead meant to break the audience’s heart, proving quite effective in underlining the evil of the High Evolutionary.
Asim Chaudhry voices the anthropomorphic walrus Teefs in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Teefs, along with Lylla, Floor, and Rocket Raccoon, is a part of the High Evolutionary’s eighty-ninth batch of genetically altered animals, with wheels replacing his rear flippers. Teefs is tragically killed while attempting to escape the High Evolutionary’s ship.
Teefs is an endearing character, whose meaningless pondering serves his character well for his short screen time. However, much like his companion Floor, Teefs mostly serves as a plot device to break Rocket Raccoon’s spirit early in life, dying shortly after being released from his cage.
Kai Zen portrays one of the children rescued from the High Evolutionary’s ship in the final battle of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The film’s mid-credits scene reveals that she later joins Rocket’s new Guardians of the Galaxy, confirming her name to be Phyla.
Phyla is most likely an allusion to Phyla-Vell, one of several characters to bear the mantle of Quasar in Marvel Comics. Phyla’s inclusion is certainly surprising but not at all unwelcome, signaling the introduction of yet another powerful Marvel hero who could easily become one of the strongest Guardians of the Galaxy yet.
Linda Cardellini voices the character of Lylla, a genetically enhanced otter who befriends Rocket Raccoon while they are both held captive in the High Evolutionary’s ship. Lylla is tragically shot and killed by the High Evolutionary while trying to escape his ship, causing Rocket to lash out at his creator in rage, clawing his face off.
Based on one of Marvel Comics’ cutest superheroes, Lylla’s death may have been surprising to many viewers, but it served as an integral part of Rocket’s backstory. Lylla was the first true friend that Rocket ever had, and her death continued to haunt him throughout the rest of his life, leading him to keep others at a distance for quite some time thereafter.
2 Adam Warlock
After a post-credit scene teased his arrival in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Adam Warlock finally arrives in the 2023 sequel, portrayed by Will Poulter. Adam is a genetically modified Sovereign who possesses enhanced abilities made specifically to combat the Guardians of the Galaxy, though he ends up joining their ranks by the end of the movie.
Adam’s role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 may have been limited, but his debut was certainly quite promising. As a part of Rocket Raccoon’s new Guardians of the Galaxy, Adam Warlock is sure to return in the near future, allowing the MCU to finally capitalize on the character’s many terrific stories from Marvel Comics.
1 The High Evolutionary
Chukwudi Iwuji’s High Evolutionary is the primary antagonist of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Obsessed with unlocking the next stage of evolution and creating the perfect species, the High Evolutionary conducts countless horrific and cruel experiments, caring little for the psychological damage that he impacts on his test subjects.
The High Evolutionary is truly one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s best villains yet. While the audience is led to understand why he does what he does, he is not given an iota of relatability; he is a character designed to be hated by everyone. The High Evolutionary is the perfect final villain in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, bringing the trilogy to a fitting end.
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