Much has been written about the various tragic journeys of the super-powered protagonists of Avengers: Infinity War. As well as half the cast turning to dust as a result of Thanos’ finger-snap, it’s hard not to feel for some of the survivors left to contemplate their failure and the loss of their loved ones in the aftermath.
But amidst all this devastation, one character whose pain often gets overlooked is Guardians of the Galaxy star Rocket Raccoon, whose friend Gamora is among the first major characters to die in the picture, before the rest of his colleagues are disintegrated in the genocidal climax. It’s a tragedy that’s foreshadowed in an early exchange between between Thor and his new ‘rabbit’ friend, and has now been spotlighted in this depressing new image posted to Reddit.
Rocket mutters the deceptively comical line after the God of Thunder claims that he has nothing left to lose, unaware of how resonant those words would eventually become.
While actor Dave Bautista recently let slip the not-so-surprising news that at least some of the Guardians will be coming back in next year’s Avengers 4, the future for Rocket, Drax and their peers still seems a little uncertain, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on hold as a result of the James Gunn controversy. Moreover, the effects of this situation may spill over into Avengers 4, with the possibility being raised that the arcs of the Guardians could be rewritten to account for this change of plans.
As much as Rocket lost in Avengers: Infinity War, he could always lose a little more – a sequel included. In any case, don’t expect the Raccoon to be in the sunniest of moods when Avengers 4 comes out on May 3rd, 2019.