James Gunn Reveals Secret GOTG Protagonist and It’s Not Star-Lord

James Gunn Reveals Secret GOTG Protagonist and It’s Not Star-Lord

James Gunn has directed both the Guardians of the Galaxy films and the Holiday Special in the MCU and is returning in the director’s seat for the last adventure of the OG Guardians. Now the filmmaker has revealed the real protagonist of the GOTG film series just before its premiere in May.

In an interview with Empire via The Direct, Gunn revealed the secret protagonist of the film series. Read his full quote below to know the real protagonist of the GOTG films:

I would say Peter’s kind of a mess. I think he’s suffering 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 film not do something altruistic. He’s never done anything other than for his friends. He’s not a hero in the typical sense of the word. Telling his story was really important to me.

James Gunn Reveals Secret GOTG Protagonist and It's Not Star-Lord
Rocket in GOTG Vol. 2

Our confusion is apparent since all the GOTG films and even the 2022 Holiday Special painted Pratt’s Peter Quill as the main protagonist. But we know from Gunn’s interviews and the trailer for the upcoming 2023 film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’s primary focus will be Rocket’s origin story.

Based on said trailer and Rocket’s lines, some theories suggest the character will die at the end of the final GOTG film. So, it makes sense to reveal his real identity as the secret leader of the film series at its last run.

Rocket’s origin story has been one of the biggest mysteries of the film series, and we’ll finally know where he came from, who created him and how, and we’ll also discover his history with Lylla the Otter.

James Gunn Reveals Secret GOTG Protagonist and It's Not Star-Lord
Rocket

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will premiere in theaters globally on May 5, 2023.

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About Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

The High Evolutionary, Rocket’s creator, emerges to reclaim his creation threatening to destroy the Guardians to get what he wants. Star-Lord must lead his team and protect one of their own while dealing with his emotional turmoil over Gamora. The stakes are even higher as Adam Warlock hunts the team on the orders of The Sovereign’s leader, Ayesha.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 is set to hit theaters on May 5, 2023. Previous cast members will reprise their roles, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, and Pom Klementieff. Will Poulter and Chukwudi Iwuji will join the cast as Adam Warlock and The High Evolutionary.

Source: The Direct