Marvel Considering Rocket Raccoon, Groot Spin-Off Film

By December 7, 2016
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Be honest. You really liked the fact Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon and Vin Diesel’s Baby Groot stole the show in the teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.

Raccoon was trying to set up a highly destructive bomb, but was trying to ensure that his fellow CGI buddy Baby Groot doesn’t accidentally press the “death button.”

It was a moment that reminded us why we loved the 2014 original in the first place. And started some talk on whether Rocket and Groot should get a spin-off film of their own.

Talking with Screen Junkies (courtesy of Dark Horizons), Diesel said there’s been some chatter among Marvel decision-makers to do just that. And Guardians director James Gunn could lead the charge.

“I think if it’s up to James Gunn, you are going to see a Groot and Rocket movie after Infinity War. I think that’s highly possible. We shall see.

“I know that, somewhere in the universe, you are going to see Groot and Hulk battle. You can write it somewhere. You are going to see that poster: Hulk vs. Groot.”

vindiesel-inset120716Infinity War, of course, is the planned 2018 Avengers film that will include some other newly introduced characters in Marvel’s ever-expanding cinematic universe. Characters like the Guardians‘ very own Star-Lord, Chris Pratt, and Zoe Saldana’s Gamora. It also will include Benedict Cumberbatch, whose Doctor Strange standalone film has now grossed $634.8 million globally through Monday.

What happens after that, of course, is completely up to Marvel. And they’re looking at how audiences react, and if they would put down money to see Rocket and Groot without the rest of the Guardians. On the current schedule, however, fans shouldn’t expect to see too much movement on that until closer to 2020.

ruffalohulk-inset120716Hulk, by the way, is currently played by Mark Ruffalo. He will next appear as the green giant in Thor: Ragnarok next November. Ruffalo also is rumored to be reprising the role for Infinity War, although that’s still not confirmed.

Diesel himself has a full slate of films flying into theaters, both from two other popular franchises he leads. The first, xXx: Return of Xander Cage opens Jan. 20, while Fast 8 from the Fast & Furious franchise races to the big screen on April 14.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 soars into theaters right after that, ready to rock the May 5 weekend.

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Michael Hinman

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Michael has spent more than 18 years of his way-long journalism career in entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based in New York City.