Marvel fans are losing it over baby Rocket, as seen in the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
The newly released teaser had a lot for audiences to take in. For one, there was the debut of Chukwudi Iwuji’s villain, the High Evolutionary. Fans even got to see his Counter-Earth, which is essentially a doppelgänger planet full of animal-human hybrids.
The trailer also hints at Peter Quill’s continued struggles following the death and reappearance of Gamora in his life. This was also seen in the recently released Holiday Special on Disney+, where Mantis and Drax stole Kevin Bacon to cheer up their teammate.
Most important, however, is the focus on Rocket. This movie will finally be exploring his origin story, which can be glimpsed throughout the teaser.
One of these peeks includes a shot of a baby Rocket, and it’s already set the internet ablaze.
Fans Would Die for Baby Rocket
Marvel Studios just released the first look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 at CCXP, an entertainment and comic convention in Brazil.
A Twitter user threatened that “[they’d] be pissed” if Rocket is killed in the upcoming threequel:
“I promise you if they touch Rocket imma be pissed at Marvel.”
One made it clear, in all caps, that “[THEY] CARE VERY DEEPLY FOR BABY ROCKET.”
Some fans “started sobbing” when baby Rocket came on the screen—
“I started sobbing at baby Rocket and if something happens to him I’m gonna go insane fr.”
Is Rocket’s Time Over?
There’s no denying that Rocket’s chances don’t look very good to make it out of Vol. 3 alive. If he does end up dying, then at least he will have had an entire movie telling his story.
Seeing as he is one of the most beloved characters in all of the MCU, it’s long been overdue. Rocket is also a digital creation, so he’d be the easiest character to keep around the longest. He could easily stick around for decades.
All of these allusions to his death could be red herrings as well. While everyone is talking about Rocket dying, there’s certainly a lot less focus on the shots that see Drax with a hole in his chest or an unconscious Peter Quill.
The trailer also revealed that Rocket is getting some company in the form of another anthropomorphic animal friend: Lylla, the otter. It’s not super clear when those scenes place, so there’s no telling yet if she’ll play into the events of the present day.
He’ll also have Cosmo this time around—hopefully, they can get along.