When asked about the Guardian’s furriest member Rocket Raccoon during ComicBook.com’s Quarantine Watch Party, Gunn responded with, ’ll just say Rocket is a big part of what’s happening in the future – and a lot of this stuff (like the scars we’re about to see on his back) sets up what I’ve been planning for Rocket all along.”
Rocket Raccoon could have been just any other cookie cutter funny guy. He is, after all, a grumpy, walking, talking raccoon with a healthy love of explosions. But Gunn, who wrote and directed the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movie instead made Rocket more than just a surface level comedic relief, and it is clear that there’s more to Rocket than meets the eye.
A notion that Gunn confirmed in his Tweet.
Though his origin has yet to be explored in the films, in the comic Rocket was one of many walking, talking animals cybernetically enhanced and painfully experimented on to become servants. Kindness was not something Rocket was familiar with.
With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 still in pre-production, it still remains to be seen what else we can expect from the film but if the first two are any indication, it’ll definitely be lots of fun, have tons of heart, and a whole lot of explosions.