One of the most anticipated Marvel movies in 2023, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, recently released a new trailer during the Superbowl break, and boy, does it look promising. The movie is significant for Marvel Cinematic Universe in so many ways, including it being the last entry of the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy and the last Marvel movie that will be directed by James Gunn, who decided to work on his version of DCU at Warner Bros. Studios. Nevertheless, Guardians were always different from the rest of the MCU, and its charm and wittiness will be missed, but more importantly, the amazing soundtrack that enriched every Guardians MCU project in the past. This article will name every confirmed song in the Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 movie.
The trailers confirmed two songs that might feature in the Guardians of the Galaxy vol.3 movie. The song in the Superbowl trailer features Since You Been Gone, by the British supergroup Rainbow, while the first official trailer released two months ago features In the Meantime, performed by the British band Spacehog. The official soundtrack for the movie hasn’t been released yet, but if we are to believe James Gunn and some speculation from fans, it seems that a lot of David Bowie-inspired music will feature in the Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 movie.
We will remember some of the soundtracks that were featured in the previous movies, discuss their style and importance to Star-Lord’s character, and conclude this article with confirmed songs and possible picks for the Guardians movie. If you are interested, stay with us until the end.
Style of songs in previous Guardians of the Galaxy movies
Marvel Cinematic Universe has provided us with many movies since 2007, and the production was always solid. With the release of Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 1, fans noticed how the soundtrack was incorporated into the movie’s storyline, and it did help that the songs were absolute “bangers.”
The hitmakers of the 1960s and 1970s, like The Jackson 5 and Redbone, were featured on Peter Quill’s Walkman, and fans absolutely loved it. The Guardians soundtrack reached Billboard 200 chart when it came out, and the popular songs decades ago gained newfound success.
The second movie soundtrack gained success as its predecessor. James Gunn admitted that he felt pressure after the success of the last soundtrack but still created a great playlist to further Peter Quill’s connection to his Earth origins.
Besides enriching Peter Quill’s story and his lore, the music in the Guardians of the Galaxy carries a massive weight for the movie’s atmosphere. Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2. was darker than the first installment of the trilogy, and Gunn was really immaculate in selecting the songs for the movie.
The playlist featured 1970s songs, some of which belonged to the famous David Bowie, whose music influenced the rest of the playlist.
According to James Gunn, selecting music for the upcoming Guardians movie was the biggest challenge yet, and if we can judge by the songs we heard from the trailers, Gunn did an amazing job.
Of course, Quill’s acquirement of Zune, a digital media marketed by Microsoft in the 2000s, at the end of the second Guardians movie suggested that Star-Lord would have access to more modern music; however, that notion was debunked by James Gunn himself.
He also added that Quill didn’t have time to browse through the new music while he was on Earth during Endgame, so we will probably get more classic rock and roll from the 1970s on the newest soundtrack.
In the last few months, we got two new trailers for the Guardian of the Galaxy vol. 3 that featured music we hadn’t heard before in the trilogy and will probably dictate the rest of the musical repertoire of Star-Lord.
Confirmed songs for Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3
As we already mentioned, there have been two released trailers for Guardians of the Galaxy vol 3. The first official trailer hit the Internet two months ago. The second trailer came out during the NFL finals game between the Eagles and Chiefs, also known as Superbowl.
Spacehog – In the Meantime (edited trailer version)
The first trailer presented us with typical Guardians’ shenanigans, with Peter Quill driving his crew insane. At the same time, some other team members will have a much bigger role than before, specifically, Rocket, whose origin story will fans see for the first time. Another version of Gamora will cause problems for Peter and his feelings for “his” Gamora, who died during Endgame, while Nebula will get more screen time than before.
Dave Bautista’s Drax will seemingly feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the last time since the actor admitted wanting to play Drax only if James Gunn is the director, which will be his last Marvel project before fully committing to DCU and Warner Bros.
We will see the introduction of Adam Warlock in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, whose presence will cause more chaos to the already action-packed Phase 5.
For many Guardians, this movie is the last ride, and if the trailer music points out anything, it suggests that it will feature some rock and roll but with a more emotional undertone.
An edited version of Spacehog’s track In the Meantime features heavily in the first trailer and strongly reminds us of David Bowie and other popular 1970s and 1980s British performers. Spacehog is an English rock band that was formed in the middle 1990s, and their most popular song is In the Meantime. If one looks at the lyrics, one will notice that the song tries to reach out to many people, accepting yourself and being content in doing what you truly got to do.
In the context of the Guardians, they are sending the message of love and thankfulness to the viewers but also being content on finally letting go. At least, that’s my interpretation of the song in the context of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Rainbow – Since You Been Gone (edited trailer version)
Superbowl is a celebration of American Football and is reserved for some cool adverts airing during the halftime of the game when most big studios want to commercialize their new exciting projects.
We saw some really interesting projects during the break from football – the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Superbowl trailer presented us with more content from the previous trailer and possible scenarios that could happen in the movie.
The trailer song changed from the previous one, and we got to listen to the edited version of Rainbow’s Since You Been Gone. The British supergroup Rainbow was formed by the guitarist of another notable British band, Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore. Since You Been Gone is the group’s first single that achieved commercial success and is one of the more notable songs in pop-rock history.
If we look into the song’s lyrics and put it in the context of the Guardians of the Galaxy, one will notice that this song suggests that Gamora and Star-Lord will have some important revelations in the movie. Since You Been Gone is a pop-rock love song closely tied to Peter Quill’s love life and song preferences that he has valued since he departed Earth.
Of course, this is another personal interpretation of what James Gunn wanted to achieve with his song selection in the trailers. Still, it seems that we will hear a lot of David Bowie in the third movie, especially since Peter Quill got a new portable listening device at the end of the second movie, called Zune, that can hold a lot more music than his mother’s old Walkman.
We are sure that the music selection for the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will once again be one of the movie’s best parts. We cannot wait for the movie to be released to cinemas this May, to see the final Guardians of the Galaxy movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and an end of an epic ride that started in 2014.