The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 trailer offered us a glimpse of Rocket’s homeworld and the alien planet that looks most similar to Earth, although the people shown on this planet have animal faces.
Director James Gunn has also admitted Rocket Raccoon to be one of his favorite characters. In one interview with Deadline, he explained this is the reason he couldn’t possibly get away from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.
James Gunn said ” I love the character of racket Raccoon more than any other character, he observed and I need to finish his story and that’s what Volume 3 is all about.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 trailer showed us a glimpse of Rocket’s origin, in the trailer, it is shown that the Guardians traveling to a mysterious planet filled with anthropomorphized animals. This was expected but nobody expected Rocket Raccoon’s homeworld would look very much earth-like.
The opening scenes of the trailer showed the Guardian’s latest ship, the Bowie, flying over what initially seemed to be a very similar landscape, with human-made buildings and boats. It was only when the Bowie landed in suburbia that the inhabitants were seen – human bat hybrids, panda people, and the like.
Many viewers are still very confused by these shots, but there is a simple explanation for this world. This world is a combination of two places from the comics, Halfworld and Counter-Earth, and it’s tied to the film’s villain.
Chukwudi Iwuji is playing the role of High Evolutionary in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. In the comics, the High Evolutionary is a human biologist who became fascinated by the idea of controlling evolution.
He became an expert in genetic research, with some rectons revealing he was also responsible for giving Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch their powers.
He also experimented with himself, to enhance his own abilities to the point where he outclasses human beings.
This led the High Evolutionary to one of his grandest experiments, the creation of Counter-Earth, a world that he populated with these so-called “New Men” – a species- of artificially-created human-animal hybrids.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 trailer clearly shows the MCU’s version of Counter-Earth.
The trailer strongly hints that they have combined two different Marvel Comic Locations. In the comics, Rocket Raccoon and his soulmate Lylla, have nothing to do with Counter-Earth; rather in comics, they originate from a planet called Halfworld.
On the planet, Halfworld robot stewards use genetic engineering to give intelligence and awareness to Terrestrial animals that were being left as companions for patients in a huge psychiatric facility.
Which MCU character could originate from its version of Counter-Earth in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3?
Rocket Raccoon is an escapee from Counter-Earth / Halfworld, but he may not be the only one. Cosmo the Space Dog – a psychic canine – was introduced in the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, and the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special gave him an increased role.
James Gunn indicated that this was an important setup for Vol 3, which clearly seems to imply, he might also be connected to the High Evolutionary’s world.
It’s also possible Howard the duck and anthrophombic duck also become part of the MCU in the Guardians of the Galaxy and who even appeared in the final battle of Avengers: Endgame, might also be another experiment of High Evolutionary.
But in the comics, Howard the Duck comes from an alternate dimension – but in the MCU they would really rework that idea.
Counter-Earth is an important Marvel Location, with strong ties to the cosmic hero Adam Warlock. The High Evolutionary eventually established a despotic regime on Counter-Earth, routinely culling any New Men who did not meet his unspecified requirements.