Groot Will Still Be a Moody Adolescent in 'Infinity War', Says James Gunn

Monday, 24 July 2017 - 5:19AM
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Monday, 24 July 2017 - 5:19AM
Groot Will Still Be a Moody Adolescent in 'Infinity War', Says James Gunn
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We all know that Groot is the best part of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Even before he turned into an adorable little murder tree, Groot could be comfortably counted among the lovable creatures in the MCU, but in his miniature child form in Guardians 2, Vin Diesel's character steals the show.



Based on the post-credits scene at the end of Guardians 2 in which Groot has grown to be an awkward adolescent, it was speculated that we'll have a fully grown-up character back by Infinity War. Not so, says James Gunn; Groot's growth spurts are are a strange and mysterious process:

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"People are asking me a lot about how fast Groot grows, because in his appearance in the Infinity War trailer he was an ADOLESCENT (not a "teen" as has been reported in many places). This is exactly the same state of growth you see in the post credits scene of Vol. 2: Adolescent Groot.

"In terms of how fast Groot grows overall, I can tell you this: Baby Groot appears two months after the Infant Groot we see at the end of Vol. 1. The post-credits scene with Adolescent Groot and Peter Quill is YEARS after the ending of Vol. 2. I won't say exactly how many years at this time, but be clear that it took him a fair amount of time just to go from Baby Groot to Adolescent Groot. (As a side note, I'll point out that Peter Quill can obviously understand what "I am Groot" means in the post-credits scene, so somehow he's learned to understand him in the same way Rocket has).

"Like dogs, who grow at a different rate than humans, and spend a different percentage of their lives in adolescence than humans do, Groot and Humans do not grow at some exact exchange rate. So, although two months seems to be about two years (as Baby Groot seems to behave roughly like a two year old), it is not fair to assume that every month is a year to Groot. He has an alien biology and ages in a completely different way than a human being. Different aspects of his growth may take longer or shorter than a human's.

"And, other than that, I'm going to leave you in suspense—frankly, for quite a while, as it will take years to show you how Groot goes from infancy to adulthood."
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There's a lot of interesting tidbits in here that should make Infinity War all the more interesting. While Guardians 2 took place mere months after the first intergalactic space superhero movie, it seems that the post-credits scene for the film was a lot further in the future—at a time when other members of the team have learned to understand Groot's language. This may come in handy for Infinity War, as we've never really seen Groot separated from Rocket before. The talking tree could wind up working alongside a different group of heroes, with another Guardian translating for him.

It'll also be interesting to see where Gunn, as a producer on Infinity War, goes next with Groot—we'll be getting a more youthful character than in the original movie, and having Groot display a more rebellious teenage attitude will be a nice way to mix up the formula. It's easy to envision scenes of the movie's heroes needing Groot to do a very specific job, and him refusing because he's just not emotionally mature enough to help. This would prove a nice, natural evolution from his lack of understanding in Guardians 2 ("No, that's the button that'll kill everyone!"), and give a reason for why this ostensibly unbeatable hero isn't swooping in to instantly save the day when his family is in trouble.

Avengers: Infinity War hits US theaters May 4th, 2018.
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