Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is a mess right now. James Gunn, director and writer of the first two installments, was fired and the status of his script for Vol. 3 is questionable at best. One of the franchises biggest stars, Drax actor Dave Bautista has threatened to quit, leading you to believe there is more mutiny and disarray with this project than inside the Milano itself. Despite it being a foregone conclusion the film will miss its 2020 release window, whenever it does hit theatres, it’s close to a sure thing it will expand the greater MCU and usher in a whole new wave of questions.
As we wait for some sort of formal announcement on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, there’s been a theory floating around, that seems incredibly probable, especially if the Gunn Script is used. Thanos created Rocket. Let that one sink in for a bit. The reason why I think this is actually based on an old tweet Gunn and recent events in the MCU. Back in November of 2017 a Twitter user asked Gunn who he thought made Rocket, the director’s response:
Believe it or not if you’re really really really smart this is hidden somewhere in Vol 2. https://t.co/JZlmdrWdxg
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) December 1, 2017
I went back (a tough job but someone has to do it) and watched Vol. 2 again looking for clues, and when I did the answers were pretty obvious. Nebula to Gamora says
“…I just wanted a sister! You were all I had, but you were the one who needed to win. Thanos pulled my eye from my head, and my brain from my skull, and my arm from my body… because of you.””
Does that sound familiar? It’s eerily close to Rocket’s own origin story he shares with the Guardians in Vol 1.
“I didn’t ask to be made!” he screamed. ” I didn’t ask to be torn apart and put back together over and over! Turned into some…some sort of monster.”
Ordinarily, I’d chalk this up to a coincidence, but Gunn’s old tweet got me thinking that pretty much every detail in the MCU is deliberate. If true, this would make Nebula, Gamora, and Rocket all siblings of sorts. A realization that would complicate and add additional layers of intrigue and plot direction to Vol. 3. While I don’t expect this reveal to happen in Avengers 4 I’d wager Gunn’s script deals with this realization heavily.
Additionally, while researching this post, I learned something interesting, so consider it a fun fact for sticking around. Rocket Racoon was actually inspired by the Beatles. Rocket creators Keith Giffen and Bill Mantlo were huge fans of the Beatles and loved their song Rocky Racoon so much they used the name as inspiration for their little trash panda.