Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be released on May 25, but fans got a sneak peek at a newly released clip featuring Marvel’s favorite feisty raccoon. Only this little scene plays out more like a Disney classic – one that makes you smile and breaks your heart at the same time. Prepare yourself, even if you don’t consider yourself a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this is going to hit you in the feels.
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Okay, is everyone alright? If you didn’t have the courage to watch it yet, here’s the rundown.
This clip takes you in Rocket Raccoon‘s backstory and childhood and fans get to learn the sweet origin of Rocket’s name! Rocket and three of his friends are sequestered in separate cages, after a life of presumably being experimented. They are on a Counter-Earth planet and discuss what their names will be once they escape captivity.
An otter, voiced by Linda Cardellini, decides she will be called Lylla, with a sense of innocence and hope in her voice that drastically contrasts the dirty cell floor she’s lying on. Next, a tusked Walrus, voiced by Asim Chaudhry, decides he wants his name to be Teefs, because “although we all do have them, mine are definitely the most prominent.” The group laughs together happily considering his choice.
Next, a white rabbit with red eyes and a muzzle, pleasantly acted by Mikaela Hoover, makes an equally practical decision. She says, “Me be called floor because me is lying on floor!” The joy in the cage is so palpable and the giggling is contagious, despite the mundane name choices. It’s so pure.
Then our star raccoon, voiced by the returning Bradley Cooper, has his chance to decide. He decides on the name Rocket, because “Someday I’m gonna make great machines that fly. And me and my friends are gonna go flying together, into the forever and beautiful sky .” His friends melt into placid smiles, because they know they name is just right.
The clip ends with Linda Cardellini’s Lylla saying, “It really is good to have friends.” Rocket Raccoon agrees.
Director James Gunn told Collider,
I just kind of had this vision of this really horrible past for this little animal that was taken as an animal, a little innocent creature, and turned into something he wasn’t supposed to be, torn apart and put back together again, and that his life was incredibly painful and he was incredibly alone because there’s nothing else like him. And so that idea of Rocket was there from the beginning.
No animals were harmed in the making of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.’
(Because no real animals were even used!)
Will you be heading to the theater this May to catch the final chapter in the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy?