Ten years back, moviegoers would have unanimously rejected the idea of a talking racoon if it came from Pixar. However, things have changed and Marvel Studios managed to successfully make audience love Rocket Racoon in Guardians of the Galaxy. As per James Gunn, fans will also come to know about the origin of this character soon.
During the HasCon 2017 recently, this Guardians of the Galaxy master was asked about the prospects of Rocket’s backstory being shown in the MCU and this is what he said in response: (via MCU Exchange):
“As you know, the MCU is one way of processing these characters. 616 is a different one. We are going to learn more about where Rocket comes from in the coming sagas,” Gunn admitted.
“It’s going to be a little different from the comics. We already know a lot about from where he came from. It’s a little bit more horrible than what it is in the comics when you come down to it. We will learn more about that.”
We don’t know his backstory yet, but, we did see a glimpse of his past trauma in the Guardians of the Galaxy where this alien racoon was seen to get really upset and had an outburst with Peter, “I didn’t ask to get made! I didn’t ask to be torn apart and put back together over and over again and turned into some little monster!”
Although, fans didn’t get to know what exactly Rocket might have suffered in the MCU, they can surely hazard a guess. Rocket was originally called 89P13 by the scientists who introduced him to a planet called Halfworld. He was genetically and technologically enhanced to make him a superior intelligence, but, this tinkering had its own side-effects. He had to bear extreme pain and routine physical abuse. Either by design or fortune, Rocket managed to escape from Halfworld and became a criminal. By the time, he entertained us on-screen in The Guardians of the Galaxy, he had already got more than 45 criminal offenses on his books.
While, there is no clue as to how MCU will unravel the Rocket’s origin story, however, the best guess is that it would be through a potential solo movie. We might see the talking Racoon discuss his past in more detail during Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 or if fans showed interest then it might take up the shape of a solo Rocket movie.
You can now watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Digital HD, DVD, and Blu-Ray.