James Gunn Confirms Rocket Will Have A Bigger Role in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘. Not long after Director James Gunn was re-hired by Marvel Studios to direct and write the third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, he shared that Rocket Raccoon will be a primary focus in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Gunn further confirmed Rocket will play a much bigger role in the film, and hints that Rocket’s involvement in the MCU will stem further than the Guardians franchise.
A fan 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.”
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. #QuarantineWatchParty #GotG https://t.co/WLqoiG7Wzg
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 8, 2020
James Gunn had previously shared one of the biggest regrets he faced when he was first fired by Marvel Studios was the loss of being able to tell Rocket’s story, which was written to closely parallel with personal experiences.
“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.”
Rocket Raccoon is also special to James Gunn because his brother, Sean Gunn, is the motion capture, also called “Mo-Cap”, on set for Rocket Raccoon. Of course, we have Bradley Cooper as the talent who gives Rocket his voice. Previously Rocket was modeled after “Oreo the Raccoon” who passed away at the beginning of 2019.
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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