New concept art for Avengers: Endgame reveals Rocket Raccoon trying to attack Jane Foster for the Reality Stone. In the aftermath of their loss to Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and the destruction of the gems in the primary MCU timeline, the heroes went back in time to collect all six Infinity Stones in the hopes of bringing back those who died in the snap. With limited manpower, the Avengers broke into smaller teams as they executed their missions.
Thanks to their obvious chemistry in Infinity War, Rocket and Thor were once again teamed-up. This time, they found themselves traveling to the events of Thor: The Dark World to get the Reality Stone from Jane, who was at Asgard at that point. Sadly, the God of Thunder was still having a hard time dealing with their failure five years prior, so Rocket had to carry out the mission by himself. He roamed the Asgardian palace where he came into contact with Jane and successfully extracted the stone from her.
Endgame didn’t really show how the whole thing panned out on the screen, instead, fans were just given a rough idea as to how Rocket was able to accomplish his mission. However, newly-emerged concept art from the film gives fans an idea of how it all went down. Check out the image below shared by MCU.Eternal on Instagram:
Looking at the concept art, it seems like Jane would’ve caught Rocket just as he was about to strike. Now, there’s no guarantee that this was how everything went down in Endgame, although the surviving Guardians of the Galaxy member had to run after getting what he needed, meaning he was somehow discovered. Marvel Studios wasn’t able to film this whole sequence for the movie because while Natalie Portman appeared in the project, directors Joe and Anthony Russo only used a deleted scene from The Dark World – meaning she was never on set. She recored new dialog for it, however.
With the Guardians of the Galaxy reportedly appearing in Thor: Love and Thunder, while the projects also marks the official return of Portman to the franchise, it’s curious if she and Rocket will ever cross paths. If they do, it will be cool for Jane to remember him from her days in Asgard. That’s going to be one way of tying Avengers: Endgame to the upcoming Taika Waititi film. If she doesn’t recognize him, a quip from Rocket referring to their previous encounter should be enough.