Apart from the OG 6 Avengers, the ones that were left alive in Avengers: Endgame were either those who didn’t get to appear in Avengers: Infinity War, or those who probably have the least amount of time left in the MCU (in this case, Nebula, Rocket & Rhodey). We’re sad about the fact that Rocket only has just 2 appearances left as it has been widely reported that Guardians Vol. 3 might be his final appearance.
Anyway, the matter that we need to talk about is how Avengers: Endgame made great use of these supporting heroes along with the OG 6. Except for Rhodey maybe (as always, Rhodey gets left behind), every other hero got to play an important role. Without Ant-Man, the Avengers wouldn’t have brought everyone back. Captain Marvel was used as the new team muscle, who also got established as a potential new leader. Without Nebula, Thanos’ return wouldn’t have been possible. And without Rocket, we wouldn’t have had so much fun.
Rocket grew as a character in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. And now, we’re heading towards his finale phase of the MCU where we’d see his origin story, and his probable exit. Like every other film set up, Avengers: Endgame also managed to give us a fun tease for Rocket’s future story.
Do you remember Rocket’s first encounter with Tony? Tony asked what happened to Thor, and Rocket replied for Thor. In the state that Tony was in, he was stunned by the fact that a stuffed toy spoke all of a sudden. And his statement to Rocket was quite funny and self-explanatory as he said, “Honestly, until this exact second, I thought you were a Build-a-Bear.” Rocket’s reply – “Maybe I am.”
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Now it is obvious that we the people of Earth understand what a Build-a-Bear is. Maybe Rocket also got the reference up to a certain extent. But in hindsight, what Rocket said is actually a nod to his origin. He was cybernetically engineered (by the High Evolutionary) to be the way he is. Take a stroll back to memory lane and remember what Rocket said when he was drunk and angry at Drax and everyone who called him names like Rodent, Vermin or whatever, and laughed at him like he was “some stupid thing!”
Here’s what Rocket said as he cried:
“Well, I didn’t ask to get made! I didn’t ask to be torn apart and put back together over and over and turned into some little monster!”
Also, look at how Nova Corpsman Rhomann Dey described Rocket:
“Subject 89P13. Calls itself “Rocket.” The result of illegal genetic and cybernetic experiments on a lower life form.”
So basically, the High Evolutionary actually put Rocket together piece by piece like a “Build-a-bear.” So, this was quite an amazing and subtle tease at the origin of the greatest Guardian of the Galaxy. The next Vol. of Guardians will be extremely crucial for Rocket, as James Gunn has stated in the past. Many people assume that Rocket might end up dying after Gunn confirmed that someone is surely going to die in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
James Gunn loves Rocket Raccoon, and so he will definitely give Rocket the ending he deserves. Here’s what Gunn said about Rocket:
“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.”
Marvel always ends up surprising us, so there might be a chance that Gunn gives Rocket a different ending than death. Let’s see how things go. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will possibly arrive in May 2023.