James Gunn‘s firing might go down in Marvel Studio’s history as their greatest comeback story. A rather fitting tale to tell for a man who created one of the MCU’s most unique cast of characters. Their future was uncertain as they were prominently featured in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame with the Russo Bros. taking over creative control. One of the first rumors to come out was that the third film would continue the story of Rocket, whose origin may be told throughout the third volume. It was also described as a massive tearjerker, which fits given Gunn‘s general love for the character. After all this time, the director has finally broken his silence on the firing and offered a tease in regards to what could’ve been his biggest regret if he wasn’t able to return, Rocket’s story arc in the last film.
“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.”
Gunn always put a lot of himself into his films, so knowing that we will be able to see his version of the final arc for this character is an amazing thing. After everything that has happened, the film will hold much more emotional weight than we may have at first already expected. We also had the rumor of High Evolutionary and Lylla making an appearance, which also supports this strong focus on Rocket for the third volume. In the interview, there is also the mention of A Star is Born directed by Rocket actor Bradley Cooper, so maybe they have a nice nod with Lylla being voiced by Lady Gaga. As the film’s production won’t start until James Gunn has finished work on The Suicide Squad, there is still some time before we can expect any new announcements but it is good to know that the project is back in good hands.
What do you think? What do you hope to see in Vol. 3?