The Marvel Studios franchise killed off Vin Diesel’s Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Michael Rooker’s Yondu in Vol. 2 (2017). Now, James Gunn has taken to Twitter once again to address fans who claim they will start an all-out riot if the fan-favorite trash panda — Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon — meets his maker in Vol. 3.
James Gunn is certainly no stranger to Twitter, having most recently made headlines for confirming casting rumors regarding Adam Warlock on the social media platform. Marvel fans have been eager to learn who would take on the godlike character since a post-credits tease in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Gunn officially announced that We’re the Millers (2013) and Dopesick actor Will Poulter would join the third installment of the franchise. While reactions to the announcement have been mostly positive, many Guardians fans hoped Zac Efron would step into the role of the genetically-engineered being from Marvel Comics. Either way, the announcement caused quite a stir on social media.
Gunn continues to engage with fans on Twitter despite the unearthing of decade old Tweets in 2018 that resulted in Disney firing him from the Guardians franchise. Prior to being rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Gunn wound up working for rival studio Warner Bros. on DC Universe properties The Suicide Squad (2021) — starring Idris Elba and Margot Robbie — and the upcoming HBO Max spinoff Peacemaker –starring John Cena — as a result of his spat with Marvel Studios.
Fans have been speculating that Rocket Raccoon will be the next beloved character to go for awhile now. Director James Gunn has even joked about receiving death threats on Twitter over Rocket Raccoon potentially biting the dust. In a recent Q & A, a fan threatened via Tweet to start a riot with his Rocket-loving comrades if the Bradley Cooper-voiced Guardian dies in Vol. 3.
Apparently, all the empty threats have desensitized the director a bit over the years. After all, James Gunn has been killing off crowd-pleasing characters with impunity for years now. Most of the cast featured in the trailer for The Suicide Squad did not make it anywhere close to the end credits, and Gunn jokes he still has yet to see any signs of rioting from fans.
Responding to the most recent Rocket Raccoon riot threat, Gunn responded,
I’m not saying anything about anything so don’t take this as insinuating anything about what’s going to happen in #Vol3 BUT I was threatened with, easily, 300 riots before #TheSuicideSquad was released & almost every character was killed & so far I’ve received exactly zero riots.
I'm not saying anything about anything so don't take this as insinuating anything about what's going to happen in #Vol3 BUT I was threatened with, easily, 300 riots before #TheSuicideSquad was released & almost every character was killed & so far I've received exactly zero riots. https://t.co/EeXmBkQGYj
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 10, 2021
Another fan of Rocket Raccoon — afraid of being hurt again — asked Gunn if we was going to make him “cry again.” The director responded,
If I have to cry while writing them you have to cry while watching them, that’s the deal
If I have to cry while writing them you have to cry while watching them, that's the deal. https://t.co/wxUdQSJkUT
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 10, 2021
Sounds like audiences are in-store for an emotional end to Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy.
Dave Bautista’s Drax is another obvious candidate to join the likes of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johannsson) in fan-favorite Marvel character deaths. Bautista has indicated on several occasions that he’s ready to move on from the Drax character, and that we will not return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe following his participation in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special for Disney + (2022), and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
The core Guardians of the Galaxy gang has survived not only their own franchise, but also their battle with Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 — due to premier in theaters May 5, 2023 — will return cast Chris Pratt as Star-Lord aka Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel as Groot, Karen Gillan as Nebula, and Pom Klementieff as Mantis.
Will YOU riot if Rocket Raccoon dies in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? Let us know who you think could die in the next movie!