Director James Gunn Speaks Out on Rumors of a ‘Rocket and Groot’ Spin-Off Series for Disney+. Rumors recently began swirling that a ‘Rocket and Groot’ spin-off series was “in the works” for Disney+, but during a live Q+A, Guardians of the Galaxy Director James Gunn decided to address these rumors as false… for now.
Gunn confirmed there has not been any work behind the scenes to create a Rocket and Groot spin-off series, but shared there is always the possibility for a Guardians of the Galaxy series in the future that could feature both Groot and Rocket as the protagonists.
James has frequently shared that Rocket is the character he relates to the most in the franchise and will play a major role in the third Guardians of the Galaxy film. A fan had reached out to Gunn on twitter asking, “[James Gunn] Is Rocket’s origin going to be part of Vol. 3?” To which James replied, “I’ll just say Rocket is a big part of what’s happening in the future – and a lot of this stuff (like the scars we’re about to see on his back) sets up what I’ve been planning for Rocket all along.”
“When you asked me what was saddest for me when I thought it was gone—and anybody at Marvel can tell you—it’s this very strange and attached relationship to Rocket,” Gunn told Deadline in an interview. “Rocket is me, he really is, even if that sounds narcissistic. Groot is like my dog. I love Groot in a completely different way. I relate to Rocket and I feel compassion for Rocket, but I also feel like his story has not been completed. He has an arc that started in the first movie, continued into the second and goes through Infinity War and Endgame, and then I was set to really finish that arc in Guardians 3. That was a big loss to me—not being able to finish that story—though I was comforted by the fact that they were still planning to use my script.”
We are so excited to see what happens in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, especially since Thor joins the “Asguardians of the Galaxy” as he puts, it at the end of Avengers: Endgame and Gamora from the past has gone missing! Not to mention, we should be seeing The Sovereign again, and likely the teased appearance of Adam Warlock. It is sure to be an epic third installment into an already jam-packed Trilogy. Can we just buy our tickets now? Because Marvel has us hooked!
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