Sure, it’s only all of two seconds from footage filmed off a screen from the audience of a comic-Con panel, but Rocket Raccoon is all of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy I needed to see.
Leaked all over the place over the past couple of days, the rapidly cobbled together footage from James Gunn’s intergalactic Marvel movie gives us our first look at Drax, Star-Lord, Gamora and Groot (the tree creature rumoured to be voiced by Vin “The Iron giant” Diesel), but for my money it’s all about my favourite 37-year-old procyon lotor.
I’ve always loved raccoons. It’s the masks, and the hand-washing (actually a means of sensitizing their paws to separate the edible from non-edible), and the shooting people and shouting, “Murdered you!”
Until a Squirrel Girl movie is announced, this is the pinnacle of comic book cinema, if not all cinema forever.
(Disney ate the trailer. Use Google. It’s everywhere. It’s the Raccoon that’s important anyway.)