SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 23: James Gunn participates in the Marvel Studios’ Live-Action presentation at San Diego Comic-Con on July 23, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
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James Gunn Set One Hard-And-Fast Rule For Rocket Raccoon In The MCU
Spoiler Warning!
This story contains spoilers for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.”
Writer-director James Gunn of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise had one strict rule that he followed for Rocket Raccoon in the MCU: keep Rocket self-interested and unheroic.
Gunn said, “I was very, very careful through all the movies [...] that Rocket never does one single action that is for anyone other than himself or his friends. He's not a hero.”
The filmmaker added, “Morally, [Rocket is] much more stunted than Nebula is by the end of the ‘Avengers’ series. He has just cut himself off completely from feeling for people.”
Gunn cited when Rocket has a turning point, sharing, “At the end of ‘Vol. 3,’ [...] where he accepts himself by taking those raccoons and then starts looking around the cages.”
He added, “He sees, [...] ‘We're all a part of this universe, and every life has purpose, meaning, and is worthy of respect.’ That's who he is now [...] he's strictly a good guy.”
By the end of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” Rocket embraces his true nature as a hero and becomes kinder and gentler, even willing to spare the High Evolutionary's life.