I hope you've all had your rabies shots, because it looks like Rocket Racoon could be hopping over from Guardians of the Galaxy to join the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. Not content with sticking to GotG, could Bradley Cooper be joining the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and Josh Brolin in the outer space showdown?
Chris Pratt's Star-Lord is maybe, already, probably, 100%, set to appear, but an interview with MCU writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely drops a pretty big hint of Rocket's return too. Markus told The Verge:
Also, whether they’re a 12-foot purple guy, or a raccoon, or an android, they’re all people, and we’re going to write them as people. You can’t write them any other way. So, ideally it will stay grounded because you’ll completely understand why the characters are doing what they’re doing, and you will in some way or another empathize.
So, let's break it down — "12-foot purple guy" equals Thanos (check), "an android" equals Vision (check). How many other raccoons do you know in the MCU? Unless Green Lantern's B'rr is intending on defecting from DC Comics, enter Rocket Raccoon! Of course Markus could just be talking broadly, but with writing underway for the scripts of both Infinity War films, it seems a pretty big coincidence for him to just pluck Rocket out of the impressive character roster.
With Part I scheduled for 2018, Infinity War (due to have a name change) has already confirmed Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen and the unannounced Captain Marvel actress — said to have up to 67 characters in the mix, surely there is room for our little furry friend to join the ranks? Only the time stone will tell.