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The guardians in the first movie

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a massive franchise, with myriad franchise hitting theaters and raking in the bucks. But there are certain properties that stand out among the rest as fan favorites. One of those is James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy movies, starring motley crew of quirky characters. The original Guardians movie made a ton of money when it arrived in 2014, helping make Gunn and the cast household names. But there's one part of the blockbuster that has continued to elude the droves of fans: where is that last easter egg?

James Gunn put a fair amount of easter eggs in Guardians of the Galaxy, including bringing Howard the Duck into the MCU. But there's been one more easter egg that the director/writer has long teased, but has never actually been discovered. That is... until now. Gunn recently took to social media to reveal that final bonus has been partly identified. As he put it:

Well, isn't that delightfully cryptic. While not revealing where the easter egg is or who nearly cracked the code, James Gunn has explained that that final Guardians of the Galaxy easter egg may be revealed shortly. If whoever "partially" found it keeps working.

James Gunn's comments come from his personal Twitter account. Gunn regularly uses social media to directly communicate with the fandom, and has always been generous with his time on the social media service. While his communication dropped off in the months between his firing by Disney and eventual reinstatement as director of Guardians 3, things have picked up since the drama settled down.

Just what the final easter egg could be is a mystery, but it's something that Marvel fans have been trying to figure out since Guardians of the Galaxy first arrived in theaters. While all the other nods were figured out by the rabid fanbase, there is one that continues to puzzle the community. That's the exact easter egg that might be finally coming to the light soon.

It should be interesting to see exactly what that final Guardians easter egg is, particularly if it lives up to all the hype. This has been a subject of conversation between James Gunn and the fans for years, so moviegoers are expecting its reveal to be especially satisfying. But easter eggs are usually quick moments, so odds are that it won't drastically change the Guardians franchise.

James Gunn will have one more opportunity to mystify Marvel audiences when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 arrives in theaters. Now that he's been reinstated, the director will be able to finish the trilogy he began with that first movie. And after the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, he's got plenty of narrative threads to pull from.

Perhaps the most notable is the fate of Gamora. The Gamora we knew and loved perished at the hands of Thanos in Infinity War, but the character was unexpectedly revived in Endgame. The old Gamora didn't come back to life, but 2014 Gamora entered the narrative through time travel. She ultimately took arms against her father, but departed the battlefield alone. The Guardians set out to find her, possibly with Thor in tow.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 doesn't currently have a release date, but CinemaBlend will keep you updated as details become public. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.