Director James Gunn reveals that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will delve into Rocket’s origin story and give the character an emotional ending.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn reveals that the upcoming film will finally explore Rocket’s emotional origins. Although Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 came out back in 2017, the titular superhero team has cropped up in a number of other MCU movies, most recently in Thor: Love and Thunder. In addition to the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldaña), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), and Groot (Vin Diesel) are set to take center stage once more in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which will serve as the final installment in Gunn’s trilogy.
While many questions remain about how Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will conclude the titular team’s story, director James Gunn recently revealed in an interview with ComicBook.com that the film will delve into Rocket’s backstory. The filmmaker is careful not to reveal too many details about what the upcoming movie has in store for fans, but does tease that Rocket’s past will be a central focus of the entire emotional story he has planned. Check out Gunn’s full comment below:
“[The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special] is also very, very different than Volume 3 because Volume 3 is a really a very emotional movie. And it tells this story about Rocket and where he came from and where he’s going, and how that ties into everybody else, and the end of this iteration of The Guardians. So, doing this goofy thing like once every four days, and then going and shooting four days of Guardians Vol. 3, and then going back, it almost created a lot of whiplash. But it was also almost like The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special days were like snow days, you know? Those were the… that was recess. That was fun!”
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While Rocket is briefly revealed to be the result of genetic experiments in the first Guardians of the Galaxy, the character has a rich history in the Marvel comics. The comics reveal that the experiments on Rocket were carried out by a group of sentient robots who were tasked with taking care of a planet of mentally ill humans. The robots created Rocket Raccoon (and other similar creatures) to essentially take their place as caretakers so that they could move to the other half of the planet. The first Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t explore this, but the film does make a passing reference to Rocket’s home of “Halfworld”.
While Guardians of the Galaxy‘s reference to Halfworld doesn’t confirm that the MCU version of Rocket has the exact same backstory as the comics’ version, it’s reasonable to suggest that there will be similarities. In the comics, after being abandoned by the robot caretakers, Rocket and the other animals continue to care for the ailing humans on the planet. At one point, Rocket even teams up with the Hulk to save Halfworld and rescue his kidnapped girlfriend, Lylla. It’s unclear how much of this backstory Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will explore, but the events of Rocket’s past in the MCU could speak to why he is the way he is.
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Cooper’s version of Rocket has a short temper and often shies away from any sort of emotional vulnerability. It’s also clear that he’s carrying around an emotional weight that audiences occasionally see glimpses of throughout his time in the MCU. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has the opportunity to explore why Rocket has a tendency to push people away and perhaps give the character a sense of closure regarding the events he experienced on Halfworld. Whether this means bringing back a character from his past or using flashbacks to flesh out his history, Gunn evidently has a big ending planned for Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
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