Rocket Raccoon and his past is going to play a big part in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, according to director James Gunn. This news comes during a Twitter Q&A for a special event we will discuss below.
With everyone quarantining and practicing social distancing during the coronavirus ordeal, people are looking for exciting things to do at home and that includes movie fans. Well, ComicBook.com has you covered, as they have been putting on Quarantine Watch Parties, where everyone watches a new film each night together, the event highlights some of the biggest comic book movies of all-time. The event is hosted by ComicBook’s own Brandon Davis who got the hashtag #QuarantineWatchParty trending on social media. The events have gotten so big that cast and crew from various films have joined Davis for special Q&A’s giving commentary, behind the scenes secrets, details, and more.
Yesterday’s movie screened was Marvel Studios’ first Guardians of the Galaxy film and of course, Gunn joined in on the fun. During the watch party, a twitter user asked Gunn about Rocket’s origin being looked at in Guardians 3, and Gunn shared a nice tidbit:
“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
In the comics, Rocket Raccoon originated in a far-away planet called Halfworld – a colony for the mentally ill. Rocket was one among the several anthropomorphic animals who were genetically altered to have human-level intelligence and skills, to take care of the inmates. In the films, Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) doesn’t like discussing his past, but scars on his back shown briefly in the first Guardians film shows us he has been through some pain and torture.
Story details on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 are being kept under wraps, but the last we saw the Guardians was at the end of Avengers: Endgame where Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Rocket (Cooper), and Groot (Vin Diesel) were joined by Thor (Chris Hemsworth) as they search for Gamora (Zoe Saldana).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 does not yet have a release date. Gunn is currently in post-production for The Suicide Squad, scheduled for an August 6, 2021 release, and is expected to immediately jump into Vol. 3 following The Suicide Squad.
Source: James Gunn