Before GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY hit theaters a couple years back, it was one of the biggest question marks in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Could the studio turn one of the most obscure properties into a successful film franchise? The answer, of course, was a resounding â€œyes,â€ and as of now, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is one of the most anticipated titles out there.
One of the favorite characters of the film was that of Groot, the walking, talking, deadly tree with a heart of gold. The first film surprised audiences â€” not only when Groot sacrificed himself, but when he came back in the form of a small, baby twig. Despite his short appearance during the credits, Baby Groot was a runaway hit character, and surprisingly enough, Marvel and James Gunn werenâ€™t quite sure if this baby version of the character would be the way theyâ€™d go in GUARDIANS 2, as revealed by Marvel Head Kevin Feige in a recent interview with Collider.
â€œWe had talked about what to do with Groot, because we have left him as the little twig. And at that time, he said, â€˜I donâ€™t know, maybe he gets big again. Iâ€™m not sure.â€™ And I was secretly hoping he wouldnâ€™t just be full-sized Groot again. And then in the treatment it was revealed he was gonna be about this size. And very cute. And very deadly.â€
One of the big questions to come out of the film â€” apart from Star-Lordâ€™s parentage â€” was whether or not Groot was really dead. Was the baby form essentially a new creature altogether, or was he actually Groot in a miniature form?
Feige also answered this burning question:
â€œHe remembers.Heâ€™s not mentally a baby, he is still Grootâ€¦ I sort of equate it to Spock circa the end of SEARCH FOR SPOCK and THE VOYAGE HOME.â€
A pretty apt comparison. Finally, Feige teased the heart of this film. Apart from the comedy in the first one, there was no denying that it also had a lot of heart, and a good deal of that came with the relationship between Groot and Rocket. Apparently, we can expect a lot more of that in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2.
â€œWhen it comes to a GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY film, a James Gunn script, itâ€™s not just about the funny, itâ€™s not just about the action, itâ€™s about the heart. And the amount of heart that you get out of this trash panda raccoon and now this little twig baby Groot is actually awe-inspiring. It is amazing what heâ€™s done with those two characters.â€
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017.
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