Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is unique in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it does not feature any direct connections or references to any other current MCU storylines. This is understandable as most of the live-action cast members are done with the franchise after this film. While this approach allows for the focus to remain on the story of this team of heroes, it can be frustrating for fans who want to see the wider universe tied together.
The Future of Adam Warlock
After teasing Adam Warlock in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the character finally makes an appearance in Vol. 3. However, it is unclear what role he will play in the future of the MCU. In the comics, the Soul Stone made him a person, but Vision took his place in that arc in the movies. In this film, he serves mostly as a comic foil and has no real significance. While he is the most obvious choice for a character who will matter in the future, it is clear that with the way he is developed in this movie, he probably won’t be important any time soon.
The High Evolutionary and the Multiverse Saga
The High Evolutionary is a villain in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 who is quite powerful in the comics. While he is dead in the movie universe, his technology could be significant in the future. Rocket is established as being even smarter than the High Evolutionary, and there is no one left in the universe who understands this technology as well as he does. This could make him more important in the future than anyone realizes.
The Eternity War is a comic book multiverse arc that could be relevant to the MCU’s Multiverse Saga. The Secret Wars storyline in the movies will destroy the old multiverse and create a new one, and the High Evolutionary’s fast-evolution technology could play a part in collapsing the multiverse back into a single timeline. While it is unlikely that the Eternity War will be adapted in the MCU, the technology left behind by the High Evolutionary could have significant implications for the future of the franchise.
Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 sets up potential storylines for the future of the MCU, even if they are not immediately apparent. While it may be frustrating for fans who want to see the universe tied together, this approach allows for the focus to remain on the story of this team of heroes. The technology left behind by the High Evolutionary and the potential role of Rocket in the future of the franchise are just a few examples of the potential directions the MCU could take.