i told you that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 made me see Avengers: Endgame in a different light, thanks to Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper). This is not the first time that I have changed my perspective on the grand finale of the infinity saga. And it could happen again with other MCU releases. But I can’t explain why Rocket could be considered a huge End of Game conspiracy hole now that Guardians Vol. 3 came out before I warned you that big spoilers will follow below.
While Guardians Vol. 3 works as a standalone movie, you’ll also need to know the MCU to understand the End of Game connection. As such, spoilers for older Marvel movies will also follow.
Rocket’s superpower in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Guardians Vol. 3 gives us the heartbreaking story of how Rocket was created. The story Rocket never told anyone on the team. We see how High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji) created Rocket through various flashbacks. And we learn about Rocket’s superpower: his brain.
Even as a baby, Rocket was able to figure out how things worked. In particular, how evolutionary high technology was meant to work. He saw the faults of the machines before he even understood what they were intended for. And he saw ways to solve the problems. The kind of breakthroughs the High Evolutionary came to envy. Rocket’s mind could understand things that had never been explained to him.
It’s a great super power to have. And, looking back, you’ll see Rocket totally different after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Especially when it comes to Rocket’s role in End of Game.
And maybe that’s a power that Marvel might want to nerf in the future. As I explained, Rocket’s mastermind could turn him into a massive MCU villain.
What Rocket did in End of Game is incredibly important
It’s because Rocket knows how to make time machines. It’s not real time travel if you alter the past with your action. Thus, the machine created by Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is a multiverse travel machine.
Rocket was there every step of the way, practically validating Stark’s work. The raccoon tells the human at one point in the film that Stark is just a genius on Earth, as Tony teases him as they work together. Later, Rocket is also involved in creating the Nano Gauntlet which will contain the Infinity Stones. Therefore, Rocket also knows how to craft an Infinity Gauntlet if he needs to.
This kind of knowledge could turn Rocket into an antagonist in a scenario where he thought going back in time to steal something would be an appropriate course of action, especially since he’s now the leader of the Guardians.
How Rocket Could Be A End of Game plot hole
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 tells us that all Rocket needs to do is look at a machine for the first time and understand how it works and how to fix faults. This brings me to Rocket being a potential End of Game plot hole.
One of the big problems of End of Game it’s that the heroes don’t have enough Pym particles. They only have one round trip each, so they must complete the Time Heist in one go. That’s because Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) was also turned to dust at the end of Infinity War.
But with Rocket on the team, he’d only have to look at Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) Ant-Man suit and his Pym Particles to figure out how they work. And Rocket could make more Pym Sauce for the team. It’s not rocket science (pun intended) if 2014-Thanos (Josh Brolin) can do it.
But Avengers: Endgame has no plot holes
I challenge anyone to mention a End of Game plot hole, and I’ll use Marvel’s big plot shield to deflect them. No matter how reasonable this plot might be, I’ll remind you that Infinity War given End of Game massive protection. It’s the only way for the Avengers to win.
Of course, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) shouldn’t have slapped Thanos. And perhaps Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) could have made Thanos forget about his lifelong mission. Or Rocket could have made so many Pym Particles that they would have had multiple redesigns.
But if the events of Infinity War And End of Game don’t happen in that particular order, the Avengers don’t win. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is not the only one Multiverse Saga adventure that made me watch End of Game differently.
Loki practically tells us that the The Avengers would never have lost to Thanos. But the victory consists in Thanos fighting his way Infinity War, then, five years later, the Avengers prevail. This is how One Who Remains Kang wanted things to be. How he needed things to be. Doctor Strange only saw one future where they would win, but the Avengers would never lose. It was the only way.
This is why Rocket is not a End of Game plot hole.