We already have confirmation Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy will appear in Avengers: Infinity War, and now it seems as if Peter Quill will be bringing his pal Rocket Raccoon along for the ride.
Avengers: Infinity War writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely spoke with The Verge about Captain America: Civil War, which led into questioning about making Thanos work in the Infinity War films with Rocket seemingly confirmed:
You said the magic word there, grounded. You’ve done a very good job in making these superhero movies feel like they’re part of a recognizable reality. But as you said, there’s a big purple space guy coming in the next two movies. How do you make that work, tonally?
SM: We’ll try to split the difference. We certainly don’t want to try to betray the Jim Starlin Thanos, all those comic runs. They get pretty trippy. That’s in the DNA of it. But before we get there, you’ll see Guardians 2, you’ll see Doctor Strange. My hope is that the movie audience will be a little bit more prepared for some trippier stuff.
CM: 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.
I'm curious to see if Rocket Raccoon will be brought to Earth or if they'll keep him out in space for the Avengers: Infinity War movies. I have to agree with what Guardians of the Galaxy comic book writer Dan Abnett said about bringing Rocket to Earth which is a rather goofy approach, but keeping him in an outer space setting works. Here's the quote:
I think that’s why I’ve always loved the cosmic side of Marvel: placing super heroes in an [sci-fi] context means that it’s less about costumes and secret identities and integrating super hero roles into a ‘real world.’ These are characters [that] look and behave the way they do because of non-terrestrial technology, culture, and abilities. We get a sense of the whole universe, and the possibilities are vast and ingenious. Take Rocket, as an example. On Earth, he’d be a curiosity, a goofy “fun” character. Out in the universe, he’s non-human adventurer that we don’t have to qualify or excuse. We can just get on with enjoying his misadventures.
"The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1" has a May 4, 2018 release followed by Part 2 on May 3, 2019 directed by Joe and Anthony Russo.