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James Gunn Confirms Rocket’s Origin In Guardians of the Galaxy 3

James Gunn confirms who created Rocket Raccoon, a storyline that will be explored in the upcoming MCU film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

A heretofore unknown detail about Rocket’s backstory has been revealed ahead of the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 5 film, which is due in theaters on May 5, 2023, will feature the return of the original Guardians crew, including Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon. Although his backstory hasn’t been fully explored yet in the franchise, it is known that he is a genetically engineered anthropomorphic raccoon who was tortuously experimented upon early in his life, leaving him with scars criss-crossing his back.


Entertainment Weekly shared their 2023 preview on the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The article included an interview with writer-director James Gunn, who discussed why he wanted to return to cap off the trilogy and make sure the franchise finally explored Rocket’s backstory in more detail. The article also officially confirms that the person who experimented on Rocket was the High Evolutionary (a new character played by Chukwudi Iwuji), whose ministrations “transformed [Rocket] into something else he didn’t want to be.” Read Gunn’s full quote about Rocket’s backstory below:

He was just fine being an animal, and he was transformed into something else he didn’t want to be. I think that transformation itself was extremely painful, but I also think it made him feel incredibly alienated from everyone else. In Vol. 3, we learn a lot about his past — where he came from, who he is, and what he’s been through. It’s been a difficult road for the little animal.

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Everything We Know About Rocket’s Story in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Young Rocket before being transformed in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3

Now that it has been officially revealed that the villainous High Evolutionary is behind Rocket’s traumatic past, it has become even more apparent that his backstory will be key to the plot of the film. It has already been confirmed that the character will be one of the primary antagonists of the trilogy-capper. However, this revelation implies that the reason he crosses paths with the Guardians in the first place is either that he sought out his former experiment or that Rocket is seeking revenge on his creator.

As the heroes close ranks and defend one of their own, it will have lasting implications on the future of the team, including the potential death of one of the Guardians. Audiences have long been speculating which character might die before the end of the film (as teased by a sequence in the trailer where Star-Lord is crying), with early theories pointing to Drax because actor Dave Bautista is officially leaving the franchise after the release of the film. However, the increasing focus on Rocket and the fact that his storyline is becoming more central to the franchise has led many to believe that he will be the one to die, potentially as a heroic sacrifice to protect his newfound family.

However, the trailer also reveals that Rocket’s reflection on his past may lead to the discovery of a brand new friend or love interest. A brief clip showed him embracing the sentient otter Lylla, who until recently was rumored to be voiced by Lady Gaga until Gunn shut down those speculations. Whether Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 ends with Rocket’s death or finally finding closure on his traumatic past, the fact remains that he will be incredibly important to the overall arc of the new film.

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Source: EW

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