While he became a worldwide phenomenon in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Baby Groot was no longer the massive, deep voiced version of himself we first saw in the original film in 2014, but rather an adorable and quite immature little pipsqueak. Our first thought was that he grew back, but apparently the obvious isn’t as obvious as we thought as director James Gunn has revealed a pretty big revelation about our favorite three-worded hero.
To recap, Groot sacrificed himself to save his fellow Guardians by creating a gigantic and beautiful branch bubble to protect them as Ronan’s ship crashed on Xander. As the smoke clears, Rocket picks a piece of his friend from the wreckage, and as the post-credit scene reveals, Groot begins to regrow. But as revealed by Gunn in a recent Twitter exchange, the original Groot is never actually coming back, and the Groot we see growing up in Vol. 2 is his son, Baby Groot:
Surprisingly this isn’t the first time Gunn has touched on this, as he said the following in a Facebook post from last year: “I do think it’s more obvious in Vol. 2, as Baby Groot has a different personality than Groot, none of his memories, and is much, much dumber.”
This is a pretty big revelation. There has been absolutely no hints or any kind of talk of this idea in the past, and the end game could be pretty big. Sure, now teenage Groot (for Infinity War) could end up being very similar to the original Groot, but there’s also a chance that we could get a very different type of Groot, and that alone would add weight to the sacrifice made by Groot in the original Guardians movie. Sure, the timing and fact that it wasn’t clear in the movie is confusing, but does that really matter? For hardcore fans and the average movie-goer, either way, Groot/Baby Groot/Teenage Groot is a character that everyone looks forward to seeing every time he’s on screen.