James Gunn reveals who the secret, real Guardians of the Galaxy protagonist is, and it’s surprisingly not Chris Pratt’s team leader Star-Lord.

Despite being considered the lead in two movies, James Gunn reveals the real thing Guardians of the Galaxy The main character is not Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord. The next chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise will be Gunn’s final time leading the cosmic superhero team, giving them an emotional final adventure as they are pitted against the likes of both The High Evolutionary, played by Peacemaker star Chukwudi Iwuji, and Adam Warlock, portrayed by Midsummer‘s Will Poulter. Also known by his birth name, Peter Quill, the Guardians of the Galaxy movies have largely focused on Pratt’s Star-Lord as he brought Zoe Saldaña’s Gamora, Dave Bautista’s Drax, Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel’s Groot and Pom Klementieff’s Mantis together to save the galaxy from a variety of threats, even though he apparently isn’t the. key hero in the eyes of one creative.


In a recent interview with empire (via The direct), James Gunn opened up about the story for the long-awaited Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. While he notes that Peter’s handling of Gamora’s departure will be a key plot factor, Rocket Raccoon will ultimately be the main focus of the film, and even revealed that he always considered Cooper’s hero to be the real Guardians of the Galaxy protagonist in the entire trilogy. See what Gunn shared below:

I’d say Peter is a mess. I think he suffers from major detachment issues. For me, [Rocket] was always the secret protagonist of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. You’ve never seen Rocket in any movie not do something altruistic. He has never done anything but for his friends. He is not a hero in the typical sense of the word. Telling his story was really important to me.

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Why Rocket becomes the protagonist of Vol. 3

Rocket raccoon

Understandably, Star-Lord has largely been considered the main character throughout the first two Guardians of the Galaxy film, and the recently released The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. Not only did his backstory get a proper introduction in the trilogy starter, but his family lineage proved to be the most important plot in 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 while the Disney+ holiday special touched on his grief over Yondu’s death and history with the former Ravager leader around the Christmas season. In sharp contrast to the earlier films, however, it was clear early in the film’s development that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 would shift its focus to Rocket’s focus over Pratt’s Star-Lord.

Gunn confirmed this both before and during production Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 would finally explore Rocket’s origin story, further sparking theories that Cooper’s character would be the main focus and could even die by the end of the story. The recently released first Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 the trailer even seemingly hinted at Rocket’s death when he excitedly stated that he was “finished running” from the demons of his past. Other clips of the team crying over an unseen figure, his line of “we all fly together” and being in a mysterious white place has also brought preemptive tears to many audience members’ eyes for the character’s potential death.

On the flip side, however, some theories have noted that Lylla the otter is included Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 trailer, which potentially hints at a different take on their comic book relationship, with her and Rocket getting a happy ending together instead of her marrying Rocket’s rival Blackjack O’Hare. Since Gunn has strongly hinted that at least one key character will die in the film, it could be that Rocket ends up being one of the only surviving members of the original Guardians and will continue the lessons learned from his friends throughout the previous films. Only time will tell when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 hits theaters on May 5.

More: Marvel Just Made Rocket’s Potential Guardians 3 Death More HeartbreakingSource: Empire (Via The direct)

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