Rocket Choice

James Gunn Explains the Reason for Rocket’s Choice at the End of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn has revealed why Rocket made a certain choice involving the High Evolutionary at the end of Marvel Studios’ newest movie.

Why did Rocket make that choice at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3?

At the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Rocket chooses to not kill the High Evolutionary despite all the pain that the villain had inflicted on him in the past. When a fan pointed out that the Guardians haven’t had a “no killing” code in the past and asked why Rocket made this call, Gunn explained Rocket’s reasoning.

In a Twitter reply, the filmmaker noted that the Guardians talk and don’t all agree about Rocket’s change while standing over the defeated High Evolutionary. He then explained that Rocket “won’t kill just because he’s angry anymore” and that the character has “come to see the sanctity of all life.”

“In the film, our beloved band of misfits are looking a bit different these days,” reads the Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel’s synopsis. “Peter Quill, still reeling from the loss of Gamora, must rally his team around him to defend the universe along with protecting one of their own. A mission that, if not completed successfully, could quite possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was directed by James Gunn and was released in theaters on May 5. The sequel heavily features the backstory of Rocket — the armed and snarky raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper — and his history with the film’s villain, The High Evolutionary (played by Chukwudi Iwuji). Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is now playing in theaters.

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