According to James Gunn, the creator(s) of Rocket Raccoon is identified somewhere in Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2.

Specifically in the MCU, who created Rocket Raccoon?

Screenshot of the tweet, quoted below

@ConceptsComics: So... Who do you think probably created rocket, in all his misery? If you were to have any character, even from the comics, that is.

@JamesGunn: Believe it or not if you’re really really really smart this is hidden somewhere in Vol 2.

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    Ego created all manner of crazy beings we're shown - I don't have the film available at the moment, but I wonder if there might be a little racoon shown in one of Ego's museum egg things
    – NKCampbell
    Dec 1 '17 at 17:10
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    @NKCampbell apparently he was put together on Halfworld
    – Edlothiad
    Dec 1 '17 at 17:42
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    @NKCampbell Ego was definitely able to create life, and it's not outside the realm of possibility that he created a lifeform similar to an Earth raccoon on his planet (even though we don't see any evidence of non-plant life on Ego). However, we also know that Rocket was cybernetically enhanced (we see his implants/whatever they are in GotG1). Ego would never do that - he has no need to.
    – Mage Xy
    Dec 1 '17 at 18:50
  • @Gil-Galad Your link seems broken.
    – J Doe
    Dec 2 '17 at 1:09
  • google.com/amp/comicbook.com/marvel/amp/2017/09/09/… This might help
    – Gil-Galad
    Dec 2 '17 at 1:27

Who created him as a character?

Rocket Raccoon was "created" as a character by Bill Mantlo and Keith Griffin according to the Hollywood reporter.

Who created him in the comics?

Rocket Raccoon exists within the Marvel Universe Earth-616 continuity. The character has a complicated in-universe back-story. He first appeared in Marvel Preview #7 (June, 1976). Here is the abridged version.

  • Alien humanoids settle the largest planet in the Keystone Quadrant star systems.
  • They build a sanitarium to study a variety of mentally-ill patients.
  • The aliens build a robotic staff to help maintain the patients.
  • The aliens lose their funding and leave having the robots remain behind to take care of the facility.
  • The robots chafe caring for their patients and genetically modify animals to take care of the patients so they can leave for other pastures.
  • Ranger Rocket Raccoon is the leader of that group of protecting animals.

And for the scientific purists among you: It is likely he is a raccoon-like organism, not necessarily a raccoon from EARTH. But for the sake of the non-scientific, the difference is minimal. Star-Lord recognized him as a raccoon and that is what he calls himself.

Who is his creator in the Cinematic Universe?

No one has been able to find the hidden Easter Egg about Rocket yet from the research I've done but I found out (according to Slash Film) James Gunn has commented on the origin of Rocket saying:

“We are going to learn more about where Rocket comes from in the coming sagas. It’s going to be a little different from the comics. We already know a lot about from where he came from. It’s a little bit more horrible than what it is in the comics when you come down to it. We will learn more about that.””

So in the coming films we will learn more about Rocket

According to Nerdist:

Rocket's back as seen in Guardians of the Galaxy at the Kyln: he has wounds in a pattern across it

That glimpse of Rocket’s backside from the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie already suggested a much darker origin compared to his comic book roots. As originally conceived by Bill Mantlo and Keith Giffen, Rocket lived on a planet called Halfworld alongside other anthropomorphic talking animals like Wal Rus and Blackjack O’Hare. Years later, that fairly peaceful origin was retconned into a new past that established the anthropomorphic animals as experiments at the Halfworld Asylum for the Criminally Insane. Essentially, they were all therapy animals.

According to Screen Rant:

The director previously defended the changes made from the comics, and it’s clear he’s not going to stop making adjustments going forward. The films have already told us that Rocket was experimented on to increase his intelligence and strength, but the reasons have been kept vague. Perhaps in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Gunn will show audiences the reasons behind Rocket’s abrasive personality.

After lots of research all I can find are theories about his origin infact FilmTheory have made a great video about it:

It suggests Rocket was a failed Super Soldier experiment and etc.


Chances are, it's High Evolutionary, aka Herbert Edgar Wyndham

Evidence is not 100% conclusive but plausible:

  1. The planet that GotG land on after escape from Sovereign fleet and where they meet Ego is called Berhert

    That's an anagram of "Herbert" which is High Evolutionary's first name.

    Credit: Second Son channel on YouTube

    The Benetar's wreckage on the landscape of Berhert

    Now, as per the question, Gunn explicitly stated that Rocket's creator was Easter-Egg-hidden in GotG#2 film; and this is the only known possible clue.

  2. Although High Evolutionary had nothing to do with creation of Rocket in the Marvel comics, he is generally very suited to the role:

    Although expelled from the university for his single-mindedness, he finally succeeded in evolving his pet Dalmatian Dempsey into a humanoid life form with the intelligence of a chimpanzee.

  3. The two characters did intersect in Marvel comics:

    The High Evolutionary appears in the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series, voiced by Nolan North. In the episode "Evolution Rock", he and his insectoid creations have captured Rocket Raccoon, Groot and Captain Marvel to experiment on...

  4. Last, but not least, Twitter account "Rodger Wardell" confirmed this when discussing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3:

    Roger Wardell @RogerWardell
    Rocket's creator is the High Evolutionary, Drax is in for a big surprise when he discovers his daughter is alive. Rocket also gets a love interest in the form of Lylla. Nebula and Star Lord will grow into closer friends.
    3,250 8:34 PM - May 7, 2019

    This isn't an official MCU account, but as per comicbook.com,

    it previously had a string of Avengers: Endgame leaks last December that all ended up correct in some shape, way, or form.

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    “Twitter account "Rodger Wardell" confirmed this” — I don't think that's an accurate use of the word "confirmed". Jul 9 '20 at 12:25

Rocket is stated in Guardians of the Galaxy (on his criminal record) to have originated from a planet(?) called Halfworld.

Rocket having his mugshot taken on Xandar, a list on the side of the screen gives various pieces of information about him including: Origin: Haldworld

There's no indication in the films what (or where) Halfworld is, but this does tie in with his comic origins, as an experiment by the Robots of Halfworld.

  • The question was "who", not "where". There's a reason I didn't add that picture. Jul 5 '19 at 19:15
  • @DVK-on-Ahch-To - Where also speaks to who, typically. If his point of origin was Earth, you'd expect him to have been experimented on by Terrans.
    – Valorum
    Jul 5 '19 at 19:22
  • unless that character gets placed in a different setting. Jul 5 '19 at 19:24
  • @DVK-on-Ahch-To - Sure, and then I'll edit my answer. Until then we'll have to be content with what we actually see on screen that speak to his origins.
    – Valorum
    Jul 5 '19 at 19:37

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