It turns out the Groot we met during the credits of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be the same version we see in Avengers: Infinity War. With the home video release of Guardians 2 around the corner, James Gunn has continued doing press for his summer blockbuster. Part of the promotion has come in the form of various bonus features being released. Earlier today, we got to see a deleted scene from the film in which Star-Lord tries to figure out his new Zune. Meanwhile, yesterday brought another discarded moment involving a hilarious retelling of the War on Xandar.
Embedded within Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, however, were some clues about what's next for the team and the cosmic corner of the MCU. We know the team will be returning for a third movie, but they'll first be doing battle with Thanos alongside Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Infinity War and Avengers 4. Thanks to descriptions of a recent trailer for the former, we know the team-up will kick-off with Thor literally slamming into the Guardians' ship. And while Guardians 2 was set only a few months after the first film, we've known for awhile that four years will pass between this summer's film and next year's crossover. As a result, the Guardians will be more evolved as characters, something that will be especially obvious in the case of Groot.
Cinema Blend spoke with Gunn about the version of Groot we see in one of the post-credit scenes in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and it turns out he's the same one we'll see with the team next year in Infinity War. When asked about the similarities between the teenaged Groot and how the character appears in the Infinity War D23/Comic-Con footage, Gunn said, "He's exactly the same. ...That's exactly the Groot we designed for Infinity War." Elaborating on the timeline of Guardians 2 credits scene and Infinity War, Gunn said, "Well, basically those are at the same time."
Gunn makes it more than clear in his response that the teenage Groot designed for the amusing stinger scene is the same one we'll see in next year's Infinity War. On the surface, this makes sense. We've already met an adult Groot and a couple of younger versions of the character, so a more sullen and cynical teen Groot is a great way to differentiate the various stages of the Guardians' adventures.
The recent SDCC poster for Infinity War also showed a Groot that looked quite similar to the one in the end credits scene, making Gunn's comments unsurprising. Still, it's exciting to know the version of Groot we saw teased will get more time in the spotlight. Meanwhile, Guardians 3 will probably feature an even more grown-up take on the character than we saw in the first film. Given the story and marketing potential of a new Groot every film, it's not surprising to see Marvel and Gunn go this route.
With an official Avengers: Infinity War trailer likely right around the corner, we should see Groot's movie form before too long. In the meantime, the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on home video will allow fans to relive all the fun of Baby Groot.
Source: Cinema Blend
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