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‘He’s the Saddest Character in the Universe’: James Gunn Confirms Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Will Be Waterworks, Reveals Rocket’s Tragic Back Story Will Be Shown

James Gunn has been known for creating the best rag-tag team of people that the world has ever seen. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) debuted in the MCU and became a global hit will millions nay billions of fans adoring the movie. After seeing and hearing most of the character’s backstories, our favorite military leader (and the rightful owner of Bucky’s metal arm) was left without his story. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 will focus heavily on Rocket Raccoon’s backstory.

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James Gunn holding a prototype of Rocket Raccoon.
James Gunn holding a prototype of Rocket Raccoon.

James Gunn and the backstory of Rocket Raccoon

Bradley Cooper voiced the character of Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Bradley Cooper voiced the character of Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Drax was avenging his family, Peter Quill was fighting to save the galaxy, Gamora had daddy issues and Groot was there to…exist (just kidding). Although many backstories were explored in the already released movies of the franchise, the story of Bradley Cooper-voiced Rocket Raccoon was never disclosed or addressed properly.

Being the sarcastic and buying-people’s-arms-and-legs raccoon, he is one of the most beloved and adorable characters to exist in the MCU. It is apparent in James Gunn’s eyes that Rocket Raccoon is his favorite character. In one of the interviews, the director even stated that the backstory of Rocket Raccoon was one of the driving forces for him to make and finish the third movie.

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“The Saddest Character in the MCU,” says James Gunn

James Gunn at the premiere of The Suicide Squad (2021).
James Gunn at the premiere of The Suicide Squad (2021).

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Speaking to The Direct, James Gunn pointed out several reasons for rejoining the Marvel family after a controversial walk-out. And the story of Rocket Raccoon was one of the most important factors in bringing him back.

“The thing that made me really want to do it was, when they told me about ‘You know, they were wanting to do this thing, Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s a talking raccoon.’ And I knew him from the comics, but it seemed as a movie, it was gonna be stupid. It seemed like it was gonna be like Bugs Bunny in the middle of the Avengers. Even though my career was not a big thing at the time, I wasn’t gonna do it, because I don’t wanna do something that doesn’t interest me.”

“And I was driving home, and all of a sudden, I was like ‘Well, okay. Let’s say there is a talking raccoon, where does he come from?’ And I realized that, to tell the story honestly, he’s the saddest person or character in the universe, and that he was unlike anybody else and he was created in this horrible way, and we’re gonna learn a little bit about him as the story goes on. And then this film tells that story along with that family that he’s created along the way, and the jerky father he has back there.”

And thus, began the epic journey of creating the biggest unique bunch of people teaming together to fight till the universe was saved, twice. And the third film in the franchise will be the one that makes the tear ducts dry up when the backstory of Rocket Raccoon is revealed. James Gunn has been known to do these acts (R.I.P. Yondu) and will mayhaps end up creating the best movie among the three present.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is expected to release on 5th May 2023 in theaters worldwide and will mark the end of The Guardians from James Gunn’s side.

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Source: TheDirect