Avengers: Endgame was the big finale that connected almost every MCU movie. Some movies were directly revisited using elements of Time Travel while some were referenced & foreshadowed in other ways. There were some films that only got the faintest of connections as Endgame could obviously not include all the films. One of those films was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Time Travel took us back to 2014, i.e. to the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. We wished to see Xandar but that didn’t happen as Morag was enough to make sense for the plot. But if we talk about the second Volume of the franchise, there was no reference to it whatsoever, until this fan spotted a minor way to connect the film. Take a look:
Rocket and Nebula were the only Guardians of the Galaxy that survived the Snap. Gamora is more of a part time member but Rocket was an OG, and sort of the leader of the group. He’s all showboat on the outside and pretends that he just doesn’t care, but we’ve seen what he is on the inside. The Rabbit does care a whole lot about his team, which was the only family that he had.
We saw him wear his comic accurate suit in Endgame, but what most people didn’t notice was that he also wore Quill Scarf to keep his memory alive. He believed that his family was only partly gone, and he did whatever he could to bring them back. Rocket is surely the most interesting character in this band and that’s why we will be following his backstory in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
In his interview with Deadline, James Gunn told us that the next film will explore Rocket in a way that no other film has till now. He said:
“When you asked me what was saddest for me when I thought it was gone—and anybody at Marvel can tell you—it’s this very strange and attached relationship to Rocket. Rocket is me, he really is, even if that sounds narcissistic. Groot is like my dog. I love Groot in a completely different way. I relate to Rocket and I feel compassion for Rocket, but I also feel like his story has not been completed. He has an arc that started in the first movie, continued into the second and goes through Infinity War and Endgame, and then I was set to really finish that arc in Guardians 3. That was a big loss to me—not being able to finish that story—though I was comforted by the fact that they were still planning to use my script.”
All this does fall in line with the leaked information that came with the aforementioned tweet. High Evolutionary would be great to see, and bringing Drax’s daughter in just makes the story even better! It is just amazing to see James Gunn back in the director’s chair. Talking to Deadline, he gave us an insight upon how he was invited back to take on the Guardians again by Walt Disney Studios chief Alan Horn:
“I was about to sit down and talk about Suicide Squad with DC and I was excited about that. Alan asked me to come talk to him. I really believe he is a good man and I think he hired me back because he thought that was the right thing to do. I’ve known him a little, going back to the Scooby-Doo movies. I’ve always liked and admired him. I was touched by his compassion.
You hear in Hollywood that everybody’s cutthroat. That’s true of a section of this industry, but there’s also a lot of really good people. I’m always attracted to finding that goodness in places we don’t expect, often in the characters in my movies. I got a little bit teary-eyed in his office. And then I had to go tell Kevin Feige I had just decided to do Suicide Squad, so that made me very nervous.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will supposedly hit the theatres in May 2022.