Production for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 had caught a snag when James Gunn was fired, but now he’s back, and the movie is set to start production when Gunn finishes work on The Suicide Squad. Rumor has it that this movie will conclude the story of this current iteration of the Guardians, and Gunn himself explains that it will end the story arc of Rocket Raccoon.
Talking to Deadline, Gunn explains:
“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. 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.”
When you watch the latest Avengers films, you could say that Rocket has had the most growth when it comes to the Guardians. In fact, Rocket was actually more involved with the Avengers after Endgame as compared to his time with the Guardians. The Guardians disappeared after three years of them forming. Rocket had been in contact with the Avengers for five.Then again, I think the Guardians win because they were basically Rocket’s first family.
Rumors have come out that the film will have Rocket eventually meet his maker who turns out to be the High Evolutionary. There’s also said to be a love interest for him going into the movie. Again, these are just rumors, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they turned out to be true.
No release date has been set for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but you can catch everyone’s favorite A-holes in Avengers: Endgame now in theaters.