Michael Rooker has a few words for fans who want Yondu back: it isn’t happening. While the actor has entertained speculation about how his character would fit into future MCU films, he’s made it pretty clear he has no plans to bring those ideas to life. He’s got a very clear cut reason for why he won’t reprise the role, too -- one that’s hard to argue with.
In what was easily one of the most heartbreaking moments in all of the MCU, Yondu sacrificed himself to save Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He also absolutely, definitely died, if the spectacular funeral he had at the end of the movie wasn't any indication. That’s a huge bummer for fans of a character who transformed from antagonist to ally. But it is what it is, and Michael Rooker has no problem shutting down any speculation as to whether or not Yondu will ever be resurrected:
No way, I'm dead. I'm dead. My character is dead. I would play something else, I wouldn't mind. I would play something else, but why would I want to play Yondu? Yondu had a wonderful...amazing sendoff that you would ever want in cinematic Marvel history. My god, dude, why do you want to spoil that by bringing the character back now?
James Gunn most definitely agrees with that sentiment. He has always been clear that he wouldn’t bring a character back to life in one of his films -- especially Yondu, because it would make his sacrifice less impactful. He has admitted that it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility to have Michael Rooker return as Yondu in a flashback or prequel situation, but there’s no indication we’ll get that in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. During his interview on Michael Rosenbaum’s podcast, Michael Rooker said he agrees with James Gunn about the importance of sticking to a character’s death:
There's consequences when you die, you're supposed to stay dead! What the hell you coming back for? Why are they bringing all these schmucks back? Give me a break. Move on, do another movie.
I don’t know about you, but I have a feeling we won’t be seeing Michael Rooker in blue-face again any time soon. That doesn’t mean he’ll never work with James Gunn again, though -- the pair are longtime friends, and the actor has appeared in most of the director’s movies up until this point. James Gunn even has a stock of Rooker-themed toilet paper he recently had to break out.
The most interesting point here is that Michael Rooker definitely isn’t saying no to more time with the MCU -- he’d just want to play a different character. If that ever came to pass, he wouldn’t be the first actor to pull double duty in a Marvel production. But his performance as Yondu was so memorable, it would be interesting to see how fans would respond to seeing him in an entirely different role.
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