Wherever the fast-talking, gun-toting, self-loathing furry firecracker Rocket Raccoon hails from in the big screen Guardians of the Galaxy, it probably isn't anywhere warm and fuzzy.
Guardians director James Gunn hinted at Rocket’s future — and past — when he appeared at Hascon last weekend. Judging by this, it sounds like Rocket's origin story will be a bit scarier than his comic story.
“As you know, the MCU is one way of processing these characters,” Gunn said. “616 is a different one. We are going to learn more about where Rocket comes from in the coming sagas. 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.”
Besides the oxymoron of “a little bit more horrible” (because really, how can anything just be a little more monstrous or a little more traumatizing?), Gunn was pretty cryptic. But take a look at Rocket’s back in the first GoTG movie. Whatever those mysterious marks are, they’re definitely not tattoos. They look 3D and are arranged in an odd sort of pattern that makes it look almost as if someone — or something — implanted objects that are beyond definition right now.
Rocket’s past, as originally dreamed up by Bill Mantlo and Keith in the comic, had the anthropomorphic talking raccoon living on the planet Halfworld with other animals that were somewhat humanoid. Fast-forward and that past has now been warped into a stint as a therapy animal at an insane asylum followed by a stint as a lab subject on the Stranger’s planet until he finally escaped.
This cosmic scientist must have been up to something strange. Was Rocket implanted with some kind of computerized equipment meant to turn him into a cyborg? Is that badass leather vest of his hiding the remnants of some ghastly experiment?
After Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 takes off, Rocket could potentially resurface in his own spinoiff, which would be ideal for exploring what in his past is probably beyond just a little more horrible. Hopefully, if that happens, he'll have Groot along to help take the edge off.
Hey, maybe that’s why he’s always so bitter?