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How Many End-Credits Scenes Are There In Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3?

The following article contains spoilers for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3."

It's often hard to find closure in a cinematic universe. Even when one trilogy ends, there are still so many moving components that characters can still pop up in other films. The last "Iron Man" movie came out in 2013, but Tony Stark still maintained a presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe until his death in 2019's "Avengers: Endgame." While "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" isn't the end of the MCU, it actually does leave the characters in interesting positions where the audience can feel okay about sending them off for the time being. 

Sure, they could always pop up elsewhere, but the movie does an excellent job of closing out various character arcs so that there's a sense of completion by the time the credits roll. And as is custom in Marvel movies, there's a pair of post-credits scenes that are worth sticking around for. There are two scenes total — the first happening midway through the credits while the other happens at the very end. And if you want to get hit right in the feels two more times before walking out of the theater, you'd do best to stick around and see what James Gunn has in store for you.

There are new Guardians on these streets

The denouement of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" sees the crew go their separate ways. Mantis (Pom Klementieff) needs to go find herself while Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Drax (Dave Bautista) will stay on Knowhere to rebuild and look after the kids they rescued from the High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji). However, the Guardians will live on with Rocket (Bradley Cooper) as the new leader. And he makes for a fairly competent boss, as audiences see from the mid-credits scene. 

Rocket has brought the New Guardians, which consist of Adam Warlock (Will Poulter), his pet Blurp, Kraglin (Sean Gunn), Cosmo (Maria Bakalova), one of the little kids they rescued from the High Evolutionary's ship, and an even more roided-out Groot. They're on a new planet and spend some much-needed bonding time going over their favorite music. The little girl's a fan of Britney Spears and Korn, which would likely make this YouTube mashup from Byronxazz her favorite thing ever. Meanwhile, Kraglin has a soft spot for Garth Brooks, but Rocket's favorite is an old throwback meant to put a smile on long-time fans' faces. 

Rocket starts playing "Come and Get Your Love" by Redbone, which viewers will recognize as the first song Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) plays as he's exploring a cave in the opening of the first "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie. Of course, they don't have time to enjoy it all as they're about to be attacked by oncoming beasts, so they leap into action, signifying how there are still going to be Guardians protecting those who are unable to defend themselves. It shows the Guardians of the Galaxy are more than the core team from the first movie. They've evolved, and if Marvel ever decides to delve into those waters again, "Vol. 4" wouldn't be out of the question.

Peter Quill finally finds peace on Earth

Peter Quill hands off the reins to leading the Guardians to Rocket because he has other matters to attend to. For starters, he needs to go back to Earth to visit his grandfather, who's still alive. While Peter visited Earth briefly during the fight against Thanos, he didn't exactly stick around long, seemingly preferring his life as a space-venturing outlaw. But over the course of the movie, he comes to understand how important it would be to see his grandfather again after so many decades, especially considering he lost his daughter and grandson on the same day. 

The movie ends with Peter meeting up with his old man, and the post-credits scene provides a glimpse into the day of the life of the newly reunited family. There's nothing of real note to the scene, and that's the point. They sit down at the table eating breakfast, talking about something inconsequential while Peter's grandpa reads the newspaper, which coincidentally has a headline about Kevin Bacon getting abducted by aliens. It's a moment of peace and tranquility after decades of struggling to survive.

However, Peter's adventures likely aren't over yet. A title card follows the scene: "The Legendary Star-Lord Will Return." It remains to be seen if that'll be in another "Guardians of the Galaxy" installment or a team-up project like "Avengers: Secret Wars," but at least Peter got to spend time with his grandfather for a little bit. Hopefully, they get a chance to toss a football around before Peter gets called into whatever interdimensional war is on the horizon.