Warning: spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy below
Although James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is absolutely packed to the brim with memorable and loveable characters, arguably no member of the titular team as attained the same level of universal love as Groot. A behemoth of a walking tree and loyal sidekick to Rocket, the adorable plant warmed our hearts, even when he was beating down on Ronan’s thugs. James Gunn has just released a deleted shot from Guardians of the Galaxy, which teases an awesome Groot scene we never got to see. Check it out below.
James Gunn recently released the above photo to his Facebook page. The shot appears to take place during the cantina scene when the Guardians of the Galaxy flee from prison and take refuge on Knowhere. That was a scene that showcased Drax and Rocket’s darker character moments, but it initially gave Groot a time to shine as well. It showcases Groot sitting in the center of the table, with all of the bar’s scoundrel’s posed around him in an homage to the iconic Last Supper painting.
This shot isn’t just a throwaway visual gag; that cantina scene on Knowhere genuinely represented Groot’s last supper. His "death" at the end of the film came as a complete shock to many members of the audiences, but including this shot earlier in the film could have perfectly telegraphed his messianic sacrifice. In typical biblical fashion, Groot gives his life for a higher cause, only to rise from the grave. The only difference here is that, instead of a white robed, bearded figure, he rose as an adorable dancing baby Groot.
We know you remember dancing baby Groot.
As James Gunn released this photo during the production of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, we have to wonder if it will somehow play into the narrative of the next film. Biblical imagery has played a major part in numerous Hollywood films over the years, ranging from the Lord of the Rings franchise, to the recent DCEU, so it seems entirely plausible that they might opt to keep this whole "Jesus-Groot" thing going.
What do you think of that deleted shot? Do you think it’s funny, powerful, or a bit too on the nose? Let us know what you think in the comments! We will bring you all of the latest and greatest updates related to Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as they become available to us. The next installment in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise will hit theaters on May 5, 2017. Stay tuned for more details!