Watch: Rocket's Heartbreaking MCU Backstory Revealed In New Video

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Posted:
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A new clip from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 previewed Rocket Raccoon's heartbreaking backstory. 

From showcasing scenes of baby Rocket to the High Evolutionary's abuse toward the character, Vol. 3's marketing heavily indicated that Rocket's origin story will be highlighted in the upcoming MCU threequel. 

Moreover, given that Vol. 3 director James Gunn already confirmed that Rocket is the Guardians of the Galaxy movie's secret protagonist, the threequel is expected to go all-out in proving why the beloved character is integral to the franchise's overall story. 

Marvel Reveals Emotional Guardians 3 Clip Featuring Rocket

Collider officially released a brand-new clip from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, showcasing an emotional preview of Rocket Raccoon's MCU origin story. 

The 97-second clip shows four animals in separate enclosures, with all of them talking about their future time in "the new world."

These four animals are Rocket Raccoon, Lylla the Otter, Teefs the Walrus, and Floor the Rabbit. The footage showed that all of them have robotic appendages and fixtures.

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The otter points out that they will need names when "sire" moves them to the new world, with her later proclaiming that her name will be Lylla. 

Lylla the Otter, Guardians 3
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The Walrus then claims that his name will be Teefs, with him saying that his name is the most prominent. 

Teef the Walrus, Guardians 3
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The rabbit says that her name will be Floor because she is lying on the floor. 

The raccoon then expresses his hopes of creating "great machines that fly" so that he and his friends will fly together "into the forever and beautiful sky" before saying that his name will be Rocket.

Rocket, Guardians 3
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn confirmed to Collider that Linda Cardellini, who previously portrayed Laura Barton in the Avengers films, is the voice of Lylla, Asim Chaudhry is Teefs, and Mikaela Hoover voices Floor. 

The full clip can be seen below: 

Will Rocket & His Animal Friends Die in Guardians 3?

Given that Rocket is expected to be pushed to the forefront in the upcoming threequel, many have speculated that the Guardian/Avenger will die in the film. 

Vol. 3's trailer heavily hinted at the character’s death when it showed brutal footage of Rocket inside a torture chamber while the film’s official synopsis may have also teased his dire faith.

This latest clip might serve as further evidence that Vol. 3 could be Rocket's swan song in the MCU. However, some would argue that it would be quite obvious if Rocket does dies. 

It's possible that other members of the Guardians will bite the dust, such as Drax or Star-Lord. Interestingly, Drax actor Dave Bautista has been open about his Marvel retirement, hinting that his MCU character could be the one to make the sacrifice in the movie. 

Meanwhile, things are not looking well for Rocket's friends. There is a chance that the High Evolutionary could be using them as bait to lure Rocket into a trap, or he could've already eliminated them to send the Guardians a warning. 

Hopefully, the three adorable critters are still alive so that Rocket can fulfill his promise to fly together. 

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

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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.