guardians of the galaxy was almost a sure thing when it hit theaters in 2014. Still, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie got movie stars for a talking raccoon and a living tree. Now writer-director James Gunn is back to finish the story he started in 2023 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. And he owes his need to complete his trilogy to a single character.
James Gunn almost didn’t make ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’
Of course, Gunn barely got a chance to come back for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. After some particularly controversial social media posts resurfaced, Disney fired Gunn from the third film. The director was then hired to make The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros. and DC Comics. After support from guardians of the galaxy casting, Gunn was eventually rehired.
Given how integral Gunn’s style and voice are to his Marvel films, it’s hard to imagine any other filmmaker stepping into his shoes. After all, guardians of the galaxy is a movie that shouldn’t have worked. But thanks to Gunn’s vision, it became one of the MCU’s most beloved films and spawned an even more successful sequel in 2017.
Rocket appears to be the central character of the trilogy’s finale
But for all story threads created by the previous two guardians of the galaxy film, Gunn was most drawn to one in particular. During San Diego Comic-Con 2022, the director revealed to Entertainment Weekly that it was the character of Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) who initially pushed him to sign on for the first film. And it is his story he is most eager to tell.
“A lot of people know that for a while I wasn’t supposed to do this movie. And the reason I knew I had to come back was to tell this story. In some ways, I have a particular affinity for the character of Rocket . And I knew I had to finish telling his story. … I realized that to tell the story honestly, he’s the saddest character in the universe. He was unlike anyone else, and he was created on this terrible way … and this film tells the story of the family he created along the way.
So far, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) has been the central character in guardians of the galaxy movie. The second part even reveals his origin as a child of Ego the Living Planet (Kurt Russell). While Star-Lord’s story will no doubt remain central, it’s interesting how Gunn emphasizes Rocket in the third and final part of the trilogy.
Will James Gunn kill Rocket in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3′?
Given Gunn’s interest in finally telling Rocket’s story and the supposed finality of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, some fans believe that the anthropomorphic raccoon will meet its end in the new film. So far, Rocket is the only core member of the Guardians team who hasn’t died on screen, although Blip and time travel mean that all characters have returned in one form or another.
Gunn often mentioned how Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be the last time fans will see this line of characters on screen together. With Rocket being an integral part of it, it seems likely that the film will be the last time Cooper – an in-demand actor and filmmaker in his own right – will be in the MCU. Whether Rocket will be killed is still a mystery though.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in cinemas 5 May 2023.
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