James Gunn has confirmed the true identity of Baby Groot. If there is one activity that hardcore fans love to do, it’s debate with each other. From whether Kirk or Picard is the best captain to whether Marvel or DC comics are better, the internet is full of people expressing their opinions and asking more questions. So it was probably only a matter of time before a debate popped up over the preference between two adorable aliens: Porgs from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It seems that Gunn felt the need to weigh in on that very debate.

This isn’t the first time Gunn has come forward since the movie’s release to discuss the details. He answers fan questions on social media sometimes – such as when he was asked about why both Guardians of the Galaxy films have opening title sequences. He’s also used his Facebook page to reveal some of the Vol. 2 Easter Eggs that even diehard fans hadn’t noticed. One of the biggest questions that Vol. 2 fans have constantly had is about Baby Groot’s identity, with many believing that the tiny tree tot is the reincarnation of the original Groot from the first movie – something Gunn previously denied.


And now Gunn has given even further clarity. When he was pulled into a debate on Twitter over whether you would save a Porg or Baby Groot if you could only save one, he of course chose Baby Groot – maybe due to a little bias. Some fans tried to argue that he should chose the porg, because Baby Groot is more capable of taking care of himself, and that if killed, Baby Groot could reincarnate again. Gunn tweeted back that original Groot is dead – Baby Groot is actually his son.

This detail actually gives Baby Groot an extra little connection to his friend and fellow Guardian Star Lord. Abandoned by his father and orphaned when his mother died, Star Lord was abducted and raised by Yondu and his Ravagers, but constantly wondering who he was. Much of the plot of Vol. 2 revolved around Star Lord meeting his father – Ego the Living Planet – only to learn that the person who raised him – Yondu – was his real “daddy” after all. Gunn’s reveals gives new meaning to the mid-credits scene where Star Lord tries to get Teen Groot to clean his room and comments that he knows how Yondu felt. Much like Yondu was a father to him, Star Lord and the rest of the Guardians are the adoptive parents to the younger orphaned Groot.

Hopefully, now that Gunn has confirmed the relationship between both Groots, fans can move on to their next debate. Or at least, provide their answers to the one that lead to this revelation – whether to save a Porg or Baby Groot, when you can only save one.


Source: James Gunn

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