Writer/director James Gunn shares Disney’s unveiling of a statue of Guardians of the Galaxy’s Rocket Raccoon and Groot at Epcot Saturday.
Writer/director James Gunn shares Disney’s unveiling of a statue of Guardians of the Galaxy’s Rocket Raccoon and Groot at Epcot. Fresh off DC’s The Suicide Squad and HBO Max’s Peacemaker spinoff, Gunn is set to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special and the third (and final) installment in his MCU franchise. Disney/Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy and its follow-up are some of the most entertaining films in the MCU thanks to its eponymous group of misfits: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel).
While every member of the Guardians adds to the groups’ dynamic, the two mismatched bounty hunters are an iconic pairing all their own. In the comics and first film, the trash-talking, genetically engineered Raccoon and laid-back sentient tree are comparable to bickering brothers—a bond strengthened by Rocket’s ability to understand Groot and his limited vernacular. After the original Groot sacrifices himself in Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket and the other Guardians become a father figure to the reincarnated Baby, and then teenaged Groot. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, instead of Rocket perched on Groot’s shoulder, it’s Baby Groot upon Rocket.