Marvel Studios' emotional send-off for our favorite MCU misfits–Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 is now in theaters. As with any Marvel and James Gunn project there are a ton of Marvel easter eggs, cameos, and callbacks to the original two Guardians films. Let's get into these Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 Easter Eggs, Cameos, and Callbacks.
Spoilers ahead if you have not seen Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 Easter Eggs, Cameos, & Callbacks
The Marvel Studios Logo features the Guardians and clips from each time they were featured in the MCU.
Like we saw in the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, the team has set up their headquarters on Knowhere, the former home of the Collector in Vol 1.
Rocket is listening to the Sony Zune that Yondu gave Peter Quill at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.
Quill's room that Nebula takes him to is the prison escape pod from Guardians Vol 1.
Kraglin is still practicing with Yondu's Yaka Arrow.
Cosmo has telekinesis powers, which is something she also had in the comics. Although she was a he in the comics.
Everyone is snacking on Orloni, the small creature Drax was betting on in the first film. These creatures are also known as non-furry F’saki.
Nebula has been upgraded with a new nanotech arm thanks to Rocket. This could be Bucky's arm repurposed for Nebula after she gave it to him as a gift in the Holiday Special.
Adam Warlock uses his cosmic power during the fight on Knowhere. Rocket calls him a guy with ray gun hands. His suit is also similar to one of the ones he wears in the comics.
Rocket was called 89P13 by the High Evolutionary. In the comics on Earth 12041, Rocket Raccoon was originally 89P13 and used the name Rocket as an alias. This version of Rocket in the comics follows a similar story to the one seen in the MCU.
The Guardians new ship is called The Bowie, a tribute to the legend David Bowie.
Orgo Corps is owned by the High Evolutionary. Inside the Arete Labs is where Rocket and other New Men were created.
New Men are mutagenically altered, Human-size animals that possess human-equivalent minds.
Drax is eating his favorite snack, zarg-nuts. There is also mention of Mantis being Quill's sister, that is something we learned in the Holiday Special as well.
Sylvester Stallone returns as Stakar, the Ravager leader from Volume 2. Gamora is now part of this team.
Miss Minutes, Tara Strong is Mainframe, replacing Miley Cyrus as the character's voice.
One of the Ravagers has a pet F’saki named Blurp.
The colorful spacesuits the Guardians use to get into the Orgoscope are not a reference to Among Us or even the Teletubbies. They are in reference to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Nathan Fillion makes his return to the Guardians this time as Captain Karja. In Volume 1 Fillion voiced the Monsterous Inmate that wanted Peter before Groot took him out.
When Peter tries to woo the female into letting them into the records, he calls himself Patrick Swayze.
During their escape from the Orgoscope, Peter turns off the gravity. This is a callback to when Rocket did the same thing during the prison break in Volume 1.
Lylla was Rocket's lady love in the comics and also the as well as the heiress to a massive toy making empire on Halfworld.
Teefs is modeled after Wal Rus, one of the first animals to assist Rocket on his adventures.
Floor, who is innocent in this film, was inspired by Blackjack O’Hare, a rabbit mercenary who is not a fan of Rocket.
Gamora mentions that the High Evolutionary has created whole societies and races including the Xeronians, Animans, and the Sovereign. The Sovereigns were shown in Volume 2 and their high priestess Ayesha is who Adam Warlock calls mother. In the comics Ayesha is his twin sister.
Counter-Earth was created by the High Evolutionary in both this movie and the comics. When it resurfaced after its initial destruction in the comics it was inhabited by New Men, just like in the film.
War Pig, one of the guards at the High Evolutionary's lab is voiced by Judy Greer, who plays Maggie, the ex-wife of Scott Lang, in the Ant-Man movies.
The creature selling nasty items to others is modeled after Bib Fortuna from Star Wars. Seems he is a creep in both franchises.
Left on the ship, Gamora goes through Peter's old backpack.
During the face-off with the High Evolutionary, Peter calls him Skeletor and a wannabe RoboCop.
Quill also tells Groot to go into Kaiju mode. Kaiju is a giant monster featured in Japanese science fiction, like Godzilla.
On Knowhere, Cosmo and Kraglin are playing cards with Howard the Duck and the Broker.
The Hellspawn stops and does a Predator style roar.
In a callback to the Rancor pit under Jabba's palace in Return of the Jedi, Abilisks are released to attack Mantis, Nebula, and Drax.
Pete Davidson plays Phlektik, one of the High Evolutionary's guards. While director James Gunn voices the not scary blob thing, Lambshank, that Mantis frees along with the children.
When Rocket goes to free the animals, there is a Bald Eagle, that is Eagly from Peacemaker.
Michael Rooker has a cameo as Yondu who is heard and then seen as Kraglin finally learns how to use the Yaka Arrow.
Adam Warlock reaching out to save Peter is a nod to Michelangelo's famous painting The Creation of Adam.
When Groot says I Love You Guys, it's meant to symbolize that we, the fans, are now part of the Guardians family and that we can now also understand Groot.
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 Post Credit Scenes Easter Eggs Explained
In the Mid-Credit Scene, Rocket is leading the new Guardians. One of the children they rescued is part of the team. Her name is Phylla and she has powers.
Phylla-Vell in the comics was the daughter of Mar-Vell genetically augmented Kree and Elysius, a Titanian Eternal. She had a lot of different powers in the comics and yes joined the Guardians for a while.
The post credit scene is a callback to the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. Peter's grandfather is reading the St. Charles Post. The main story is about Kevin Bacon's Alien Abduction.
The Legendary Star-Lord Will Return. There is a comic run that sees Peter Quill going by the Legendary Star-Lord.
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 is now in theaters. It is rated PG-13 for for intense sequences of violence and action, strong language, suggestive/drug references and thematic elements with a runtime of 2 hours and 30 minutes.