David Tennant is being rumoured as a contender for the voice of Rocket Raccoon in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Not quite Brian Michael Bendis’ top pick of Jason Statham, eh?
The source of the rumour is the Marvel Cinematic Universe fanpage on Facebook, who don’t seem to have broken any news in the past. A first time for everything? Well, I suppose they might know somebody who knows somebody who…
I mean, I could tell you how I knew for sure that Tennant was going to be in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special but you’d think it was just too screwy for words. So, for now, let’s give these Facebook fans a small slice of the benefit afforded by doubt.
There’s an interesting little sidebar to this too. Tennant recently commented on how he was now too old for most comic book character roles:
I don’t know which ones I would suit, really. I can’t imagine who I could play. I’m a bit old for a lot of them now, which is a terrible, alarming truth. Who could I be? I could probably still do Reed Richards – Mr. Fantastic. I don’t know. Villains are always great. I’d be very happy to do a bit of that. [Superhero movies are] the one growth industry in movies, at the moment, so it would be nice to do one, I suppose, as either the good guy or the bad guy. The bad guys probably get the better lines, don’t they? And they wear less spandex. That would be quite good.
And a Raccoon? I guess it had never crossed his mind. And maybe it still hasn’t.
With Guardians of the Galaxy starting production in the summer, I’m expecting a full team reveal at Comic-Con. We may not find out who our Rocket will be before then.
UPDATE: The Wrap’s Jess Sneider has had a denial from Marvel. Of course.