It’s been four years since Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters and after all that time (plus a sequel film last year), you’d think viewers would have the movie completely figured out. But writer/director James Gunn dropped a bombshell this week that has fans divided.
(If by some chance, you still haven’t seen the original Guardians of the Galaxy, be aware that there will be spoilers from this point on.)
At the end of the first film, Groot, the walking, talking alien tree, sacrifices himself to save his teammates and is blown into splinters.
However, a small sapling survives and becomes the beloved, dancing Baby Groot we know from that film’s end credits and his co-starring role in the sequel.
As it turns out, though, our understanding of what happened to Groot and how Baby Groot came to be is extremely flawed.
This week, Gunn responded to a fan on Twitter who pointed out that Groot is essentially immortal, as he can always be regenerated, a la Baby Groot.
Wrong, says Gunn. As a matter of fact, Groot actually died when he sacrificed himself — the adorable Baby Groot is actually his son.
Fans were shocked to learn this bit of news and Gunn continued to interact with many of them, but for his part, he was actually somewhat perturbed.
Gunn insisted that we all should already know this and should have been aware of it from the start — he even says it’s referenced in the films!
Apparently, the fact that Baby Groot has a different personality than his predecessor and (spoiler!) doesn’t remember which button to press in the sequel is proof that he’s not the same character.
At any rate, the now teenaged Groot will return with the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy in this summer’s Avengers: Infinity War.