In the Guardians of the Galaxy films, music plays a vital role. This is something writer and director James Gunn established with the first film, and then later reaffirmed with this year's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which incorporated songs like "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" by Looking Glass and "Father and Son" by Cat Stevens into the plot. That being the case, it isn't entirely surprising that Gunn has confirmed music will play just as strong a part in the trilogy's closer.
During a Facebook Live Q&A, Gunn talked about the soundtrack for the upcoming third film and revealed that the music will be influenced by Yondu specifically.
"Volume 1 and Volume 2 have been Meredith's song choices, her communication to Peter," he explained. "In Volume 3, the song choices will be Yondu communicating to Peter."
In Vol. 2, Yondu died after saving Peter from the destruction on Ego. Following his funeral, Peter was gifted a Zune by Kraglin, who revealed Yondu had been holding onto it to give to Peter. With Peter's Walkman smashed, the Zune -- which boosts 300 songs -- will take its place going forward. As we saw with the inclusion of "Father and Son" by Cat Stevens, which Peter listens to alongside Baby Groot, the device will include songs that remind Peter of Yondu, much like the way the "Awesome Mix" tapes reminded him of his mother.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Glenn Close as Irani Rael and Kurt Russell as Ego. The movie is now available on digital download, DVD and Blu-Ray.
At the time of writing, no release date has been set for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.