Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 ★★★★

"Humans only live to 50? What's the point of even being born!"

The multiverse is a cruel, inhospitable place. We enter it without meaning or purpose, facing down the opposition of villainous oligarchs who use their monopoly on power not to create meaning and purpose for the poor and the disenfranchised but to build kingdoms full of ever more poor and disenfranchised subjects to worship their own enslavement.

As outsiders to our own fate, we must make our way in this world against all odds, but our struggles and our suffering do not make us special or unique. There are endless masses of others just like us, just as hurt, just as helpless, just as burdened by the evil will of existence — but that is exactly what makes us strong, if only we can find a way to unite and fight as one. That which makes us stand apart in our miserable solitude also brings us together in shared commiseration. We must do battle not for the vanity of our own trauma but for the knowledge that so many others feel just as we do.

This is how we finally come full circle from the first Guardians. Where there we looked around and saw losers and fought on behalf of what was lost, here we fight on behalf of what was gained: friends.

"We'll all fly away together, one last time, into the forever and beautiful sky."

2020s | James Gunn | MCU
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