The first reactions to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 have landed after the film was screened for press for the first time, and things are looking positive for those intergalactic Marvel heroes.
The film, which is once again written and directed by James Gunn, will see the Guardians living on Knowhere when the team are forced to go on a daring mission to protect Rocket Raccoon.
Digital Spy movies editor Ian Sandwell said: "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 is a brilliant end to a brilliant trilogy. It's very funny, emotional and everybody gets their stand-out moment.
"Will Poulter's Warlock is a terrific addition, yet the focus is rightly on telling a satisfying end for the Guardians."
Absolute Radio host Emil Franchi added: "After seeing it twice I can safely say #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol3 completes the perfect MCU trilogy. It’s heartbreaking and hilarious and I’ve loved this team from the first ooga shaka. A blast for 10 years."
Vol 3 sees all of the main cast return with Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Drax and Vin Diesel as Groot.
Other returning members of the ensemble include Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff and Sylvester Stallone.
New additions to the cast include Will Poulter, Elizabeth Debicki and Chukwudi Iwuji in villainous roles.
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Film critic Alexander Kardelo said of the film: "#GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol3 is, more than ever, Star Wars as a stoner comedy.
"Lovable weirdos, big Marvel action and goofy jokes. But nothing can prepare you for all the emotions. Rocket Raccoon’s origin story is beautiful and heart-wrenching."
Joe editor Rory Kashin also praised the sequel: "Can confirm that I shed a tear during #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol3. And that I would very happily watch an Adam Warlock solo movie."
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 is released on 5 May.
Watch a trailer below