Brand new fan art features a devastated Rocket Raccoon as he mourns the death of Groot in Avengers: Infinity War. The Guardians of the Galaxy finally met their Earth-bound counterparts the Avengers in Infinity War, as the two most prominent MCU superhero teams came together to try and foil Thanos' plans of galactic genocide. Unfortunately, despite putting up a gallant fight, the Mad Titan ultimately succeeded in collecting all six Infinity Stones and wiping out half of the universe - including most of the cosmic heroes, save for Rocket and Nebula.
While fans point to Spider-Man's death as the most heartbreaking demise in Infinity War, Groot's comes in a close second place - especially after Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn revealed his last words to Rocket: "Dad." Now, a brand new illustration imagines how Rocket might've dealt with the aftermath of Groot's passing.
Courtesy of digital artist BossLogic, the artwork posted on his official Instagram account features a distraught Rocket staring at Groot's old pot and willing him to grow back up. The concept runs contrary to Gunn's previous explanation that regrowing a brand new Groot will result in a brand new creature, meaning that the teenage Groot that the team had been spending time with was different from the adult one that was introduced in the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Nonetheless, that doesn't make the illustration any less sad, check it out below:
It's still unclear whether or not Groot's remains (if Rocket was really able to gather all of his dust) can grow into a brand new creature. But in conjunction with this mystery, even Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo aren't exactly sure how Groot's anatomy truly works. When asked if there was a possibility that another version of the character can grow from the handle of Thor's Stormbreaker, the directing duo didn't have a concrete answer. Sooner or later, Marvel Studios will need to concretely establish just how Groot's ability to regrow into a new being works.
Despite this, fans can expect that the Teenage Groot fans have grown to love will eventually return in Avengers 4, alongside most, if not all, of the heroes, snuffed out of existence due to Thanos' snap. The original Avengers are on a mission to rectify the predicament that the Mad Titan left them in, and it seems like time travel will play a key part in this. After the crisis involving Thanos, the Guardians will be set to tackle a brand new independent mission in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is rumored to roll into theaters in 2020.
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