New Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Trailer Reveals Brutal Rocket Scene

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Updated:
Rocket Raccoon Guardians of the Galaxy 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3's new trailer showcased more exciting footage of the MCU's cosmic protectors, but it also included one brutal scene featuring Bradley Cooper's Rocket Racoon.

Vol. 3's official synopsis already teased Rocket's dire fate, confirming that Peter Quill and his crew of ragtag misfits will look to save him in a dangerous new mission that could end the Guardians as fans know it. 

This tease has fans worried that Rocket will ultimately die in Vol. 3, especially after director James Gunn confirmed that a major character would bite the bullet

Guardians 3 Explores Rocket's Brutal Origin

Marvel Studios has released an official new trailer for James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. 

Alongside some action-packed footage, a brief shot of a young Rocket clamped in what appears to be an operating room was unveiled, indicating that the threequel will finally explore the MCU hero's brutal origin: 

Rocket Racoon, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Marvel Studios

Rocket also mentioned the High Evolutionary's goal in the movie, saying: 

"He didn't want to make things perfect. He just hated things the way they are..."

Watch the trailer below:

Will Rocket Racoon Die in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3?

The latest Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 trailer is jam-packed with interesting tidbits.

Although the teaser trailer showcased an adorable look at Baby Rocket, the second batch of new footage revealed an expanded look at Rocket Racoon's origin. 

The brutal scene of Rocket inside the operating room suggests that fans will have a closer look at how the High Evolutionary experimented on him that led to his current form. 

James Gunn already shared that Rocket is the driving force of Vol. 3, with the director confirming that the character is the franchise's secret protagonist

Rocket's importance may hint that the threequel is his final rodeo, potentially leading to the disbandment of the Guardians, as the synopsis suggested. 

Killing Rocket would be a devastating blow for the team, but Vol. 3 could raise the stakes by eliminating another team member, such as Drax due to Dave Bautista's latest comments about his MCU retirement

Whatever the case, Vol. 3 is set to be an emotional ride for Marvel fans.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is set to premiere in theaters on May 5. 

- In This Article: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Release Date
May 05, 2023
- About The Author: Aeron Mer Eclarinal
Aeron is a news/features writer and Content Lead for The Direct who has been working for the site since March 2020. From writing about the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to having an extended knowledge about DC TV's Arrowverse, Aeron's expertise has since expanded into the realm of reality TV, K-drama, animated, and live-action shows from Netflix,  Disney+, Prime Video, MGM+, Peacock, Paramount+, and Max. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA (go Celtics!) and occasionally watches thrilling matches in the WWE.