15He Was Not Originally Supposed to Be in the Movie
Can you imagine a world without Baby Groot? Us either, it's just not a place we want to live in. But terrifyingly, we all almost had to endure a Baby Groot-less existence. When director James Gunn was writing the sequel, he planned on it taking place several years after the first,
with a fully grown Groot back in action. Fortunately for the rest us, something just didn't seem right:
First of all, I thought there was a lot of development the group needed to go through as a group – and it would be a shame for the audience to miss it. And, secondly, for whatever reason, Groot just wasn’t working. It was then I came upon the idea of having Vol. 2 take place very shortly after the first film and for Groot to still be Baby Groot, with quite a lot to learn.
So Gunn altered the timeframe of the film and the rest is Baby Groot history...
This change opened up the whole movie for me and it suddenly all came together. I fell in love with the script for Vol. 2, and I felt like we were creating something very special.
And that something special was an adorably tiny tree who occasionally wears miniaturized space-pirate outfits. So for all those who thought Baby Groot was nothing more than a clever marketing ploy to sell toys, t-shirts and Mr. Potato Heads, shame on you. Baby Groot would never sell-out.