James Gunn, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, says that the upcoming movie will finally delve into Rocket’s emotional roots. The titular superhero team has appeared in a number of other MCU films despite Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 being released back in 2017, most recently in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Despite the fact that there are still many unanswered questions regarding how Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will wrap up the story of the titular team, director James Gunn recently disclosed in an interview with ComicBook.com that the movie will focus on Rocket’s backstory. The director is cautious about giving away too many spoilers for the future film, but he does hint that Rocket’s background will be the main centre of the overall emotional drama he has in mind.
Rocket has a long history in the Marvel comics, despite the fact that it is only briefly revealed in the first Guardians of the Galaxy that he is the product of genetic experiments. The comics indicate that a team of intelligent robots tasked with looking after a planet of mentally ill humans conducted the tests on Rocket. In order to be able to relocate to the other half of the globe, the robots produced Rocket Raccoon to effectively take their position as guardians.
He said, “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!”
Rocket in Cooper’s portrayal is prone to yelling and avoids showing any form of emotional openness. Additionally, it’s obvious that he is bearing a heavy emotional burden, something the MCU has only hinted at sporadically. Rocket’s tendency to push people away can be examined in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which also offers the chance to give the character some closure regarding what happened on Halfworld. Gunn obviously has a big ending planned for Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, whether that entails bringing back a character from his past or using flashbacks to explain his history.