Even avid fans of the MCU weren’t sure what to think when Guardians of the Galaxy was released several years ago. The little known comic book story became a huge hit at the box office and for fans of the MCU and those beyond the genre. Under James Gunn’s direction, the public has come to adore the characters of the film, but some have taken it to a new level.
Who could’ve predicted the success of a movie based on a team of space travelling misfits that included a tree with a limited vocabulary, a talking gun-toting raccoon, and led by an awkward Earthling that listens to 70’s music and goes by the name “Starlord”?
Yet, somehow Gunn made it all work and is now slated to direct the final installment of the trilogy. Gunn, who was also involved in Scooby-Doo and who has a history of some edgy, comedic cinematic visions, took to Twitter to address the fate of one of the more popular characters from Guardians, Rocket the Raccoon.
One dedicated fan suggested that if Dunn kills off Rocket, voiced by Bradley Cooper, in the last film, that he will “die”. Dunn responded fittingly explaining that we are all going to die, so what difference does it make if Rocket goes first?
The fan was not alone as others begged and pleaded that none of the characters from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 die at all. Perhaps hoping they would all fly off into some space sunset in the end and perhaps secretly wishing that the series would be resurrected sometime in the future as movies tend to do nowadays.
However, Gunn continued to roll with it on Twitter with some witty responses until one tweeter suggested that Dunn would die if he killed off any of the characters to which Dunn responded that fans needed to take the discussion down a notch.
For Dunn, this is just part of the realm of directing in the comic universe. The director was actually fired from doing the second film in the Guardians series, but was hired on to do The Suicide Squad, which may have increased his stock enough to get a return invite for the third installment.
In any event, it is easy to see how fans can get deeply invested in characters when entire chunks of their lives are intertwined with the onscreen characters and relationships such as in the MCU. Dunn reponds coolly suggesting that threats surrounding Rocket are actually quite mild compared to others. In fact he even suggests that he has a certain emotional attachment to Rocket.
Needless to say, we are eagerly awaiting the “last” installment for Guardians under Dunn’s guidance, but perhaps some folks might slow it down on the “die” rhetoric a bit and just wait and see what happens. The film is expected to be released in 2022 or 2023 as part of Phase Five of the MCU.