Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was moving pretty smoothly but no one knew that the road ahead of it was full of rocks. Well, there are no rocks now but there is a long stream that will flow for a while until it reaches the ocean. The rocky area began when Disney took a rushed decision to fire James Gunn and only wasted time. But there are no more hurdles in the way of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 as Disney brought Gunn back to the Director’s chair.
1000s of fans petitioned to bring Gunn back. There were billboards with the same message. People from Disney met Gunn many times after he was fired and having seen his behavior and the love of the fans for him, they realized that the decision taken by them was wrong. Gunn came back very happily but it was under one condition, which was to finish his work on The Suicide Squad since he had been hired by DC after his firing.
Now taking to Deadline, he has given 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.”
Well, it was all great at the end because now we’re getting 2 movies from James Gunn instead of just one. In his interview with Deadline, he also talked about the reason why he is really excited to be back on the ship with Guardians. And that reason is Rocket Raccoon. 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.”
Now it is very important to note what Gunn is really talking about here. Rocket’s story arc is about to come to an end and we could actually see him be retired or killed off by the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. All this falls in line with the leak that came from the twitter handle that goes by Roger Wardell.
We will meet Rocket’s creator in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and it is going to be none other than the High Evolutionary. There’s a chance that we could see Mark Hamill play the High Evolutionary.
Moreover, we will also be seeing Rocket’s love interest Lylla walk into the story. Now that Rocket’s character arc is coming to an end, we could actually expect the events from the comics come to life where Lylla and Rocket go one to live a happy life. All this sounds pretty great so let’s see what happens.