After that Avengers: Endgame bombshell, we expect more heartbreak is on the way.

What’s your favourite MCU movie? 

Straight in with the big question, sorry! It’s incredibly hard to decide, especially after such an incredible penultimate phase 3 offering. Superhero cinema has been at the front of blockbuster entertainment for some time now, and the Marvel name has definitely become a hallmark of quality. 

This year, they blew away all expectations with one of the most ambitious screen epics ever made, Avengers: Endgame. They had an unbelievable amount to cram in and conclude, but the film was a triumphant crowdpleaser which kept audiences coming back again and again. Now, it’s the highest-grossing movie ever made.  

There are many out there who have declared it their favourite, but then again, there are still plenty who believe that the highlight of the MCU remains its most unexpected gem, 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The majority had no idea who these guys were, but it ended up being a box-office smash and a total hit with critics and audiences alike. It’s big, bold and utterly charming, and honestly, we cannot wait to see the gang back in action…

James Gunn teases his MCU comeback!

For a while, the prospect of a third Guardians of the Galaxy instalment was met with sighs and groans. What went wrong?

James Gunn was off the project, that’s what. After a bunch of insensitive tweets from the filmmaker’s earlier years resurfaced, he was given the boot from the franchise and the next adventure suddenly felt both uncertain and unappealing for most.

There were talks of Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) tackling it, but many fans – and apparently Disney too – knew that James Gunn would have to come back aboard if the series was to continue being a success. He’s working on The Suicide Squad before he can get around to it but with a stellar phase 4 line-up revealed, there is lots to look forward to beforehand. 

Nevertheless, he’s been answering questions about the project already. As reported by Digital Spy, the director was asked on Instagram if someone will die in Guardians of the Galaxy vol 3, to which he replied: “I can’t remember ANY comic book film where someone didn’t die!” 

He’s got a point, and although this doesn’t confirm that a major character will die, it’s gotten us thinking. 

 

Who dies in Guardians of the Galaxy 3?

James Gunn’s remark already has fans considering the possibilities, with some opinions surfacing on Twitter. 

One wrote: “I think Rocket Raccoon is the most likely character to die in Guardians of the Galaxy 3, as it would bring his arc full circle to sacrifice himself for his new family.” In agreement, another added: “Oh God there’s a huge chance it could be Rocket… I am not ready for this.”

It does seem more likely, but why? Well, although the death of Iron Man essentially means that no one is safe in the MCU, we just can’t envision them killing Star-Lord. Honestly, we anticipate that Rocket’s death would warrant the biggest, most heartfelt reaction from audiences. Arguably, although Star-Lord is central, Rocket is the fan favourite of the bunch, often given the best lines. 

Then it’s also worth considering which character death would warrant the biggest reaction from the other Guardians. 

 

Please, not Rocket!

When James was told he was fired, he spoke to Deadline in an interview saying: “Rocket is me, he really is, even if that sounds narcissistic… Groot is like my dog. I love Groot in a completely different way. I relate to Rocket and I feel compassion for Rocket, but I also feel like his story has not been completed…“

Continuing, he expressed: “He has an arc that started in the first movie, continued into the second and goes through Infinity War and Endgame, and then I was set to really finish that arc in Guardians 3… That was a big loss to me – not being able to finish that story.”

So, it seems that James would agree with us in saying that Rocket’s death would feel the most hard-hitting and emotional of the central ensemble. So, while it’s not confirmed there will be a major death, we’d put our money on Rocket being the one to go if there’s a great loss on the cards. 

In the first film, he comments about having a shorter lifespan than the rest; it wouldn’t be the first time Marvel has foreshadowed tragedy so far in advance. When Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is eventually released, we’ll have tissues at the ready, that’s for sure!

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