'Avengers 4' Theory Explains How Rocket Will Defeat Thanos

Diply 24 Sep 2018

I know what you're thinking: "Rocket Raccoon defeats Thanos? Yeah, OK bud." Honestly, I get it. I've read just about every theory on how the Avengers are going to defeat Thanos in the next installment, and Rocket seems to be one of the least likely remaining characters to get the job done.

But then I came across the following theory from Reddit user tpklus, and it has me reconsidering that assumption.

First of all, let's not forget that Rocket is the only surviving member of the Guardians of the Galaxy in Avengers: Infinity War.

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That fact alone is enough to make you wonder what makes him so special, and how it will impact the forthcoming plan to defeat Thanos.

Remember, the snap was random, but screenwriters create everything with intent.

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Plus, as tpklus points out, Rocket is also the only remaining Avenger to have ever "held" an Infinity Stone: the Power Stone. 

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OK, Rocket isn't technically an Avenger, but the way things went down in Infinity War, the Avengers don't have the luxury of being choosy with their team. I digress.

In Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket endures the Power Stone's energy with the help of the other Guardians.

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Obviously, it's Star-Lord who's doing the most work here.

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But prior to this moment, a creature of Rocket's strength had never been able to withstand the energy of a Stone at all. As tpklus writes, "It does make him unique."

Unique is good. Unique may be what the Avengers need to defeat Thanos.

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That said, might it be possible that even a shred of the Power Stone's energy still remains inside Rocket?

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"Vision described the Mind Stone as a living entity," writes tpklus. "Could it be possible some of the Power Stone still lives with Rocket?"

Well, I can't say it's not possible.

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In terms of taking on Thanos, tpklus also thinks that such a battle would be extremely meaningful to Rocket's character arc.

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The user explains that "fear is a theme for Rocket. In Guardians 2, Yondu shares with Rocket that they are both scared of getting close to others."

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"In Infinity War, Star-Lord says to Rocket that he is only going to Nidavellir with Thor because Thanos is not there," continues tpklus.

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In other words, Star-Lord calls out Rocket for being fearful of confronting Thanos.

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Oh, and Rocket is the only Avenger to not take a shot at Thanos during the final battle on Wakanda in Infinity War.

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Everyone from Groot to Black Widow to Okoye is giving everything they've got against Thanos. But Rocket? He's nowhere to be seen.

"I'm guessing because he was too scared," writes tpklus.

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The Reddit user continues, "He is more scared of Thanos than any other Avenger."

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"Taking a stand against Thanos would be much more meaningful for his character."

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Now, if you think about Rocket's position at the end of Infinity War, it's pretty bleak...well, everything's bleak.

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But not only has Rocket now lost his best friend (Groot) twice, it's only a matter of time before he finds out that the rest of his friends — his only friends in the entire universe — are gone too.

With that in mind, Rocket will probably need a new support system to bolster him, moving forward.

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According to tpklus, that support system will come in the form of Nebula, Steve Rogers, and Tony Stark.

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The user writes, "Nebula and Rocket have both had their bodies modified, turning them into monsters and outcasts. Also, they are both the only survivors that aren't exactly good guys."

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"Who better to help Nebula defeat her father than Rocket, the other outsider of the surviving Avengers?" says tpklus. 

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Post-snap, Rocket and Nebula aren't all that different, and technically, she's the remaining Guardians character he's been through the most with.

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Next up: Steve Rogers. 

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Both Rogers and Rocket "share the experience of losing their best friend, not only once, but twice," writes tpklus.

Technically, Rocket and Rogers almost lost their best friends once (Groot regenerated and Bucky was turned into a Super Solider), but then actually lost them to the snap.

Still, each of them felt the pain of losing their friend the first time.

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Basically, Rocket and Rogers could feed off each other's motivation to avenge their best friends. 

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This dual loss could also help connect the characters as teammates in general.

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Lastly: Tony Stark.

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"Rocket is prideful and greedy, characteristics that Tony Stark used to have before becoming Iron Man," writes tpklus.

Well, I'd still call Stark prideful post-Iron Man, but he's certainly developed a greater sense of duty over time. In fact, Stark went from a reckless playboy with a fancy, high-tech suit to becoming Earth's greatest defender.

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Rocket, however, is still rather selfish. After all, he clearly wasn't willing to risk his life to defeat Thanos.

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According to our Reddit theorist, this means that Rocket could be primed to make that leap to real heroism (such as Stark did) in Avengers 4.

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Combined with a little guidance from Stark, Rocket may be willing to become a crucial part of the plan to defeat Thanos.

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And as wild as that idea sounded at the beginning of all this, I'm now fairly receptive to it.

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