Out of all the Guardians of the Galaxy characters that premiered in 2014, arguably none captured the imaginations of audiences quite like Vin Diesel's Groot. The walking tree's limited vocabulary made him endlessly endearing, and his sacrifice at climax of the film made him an instant hero. As many of you already know, a new "baby" version of Groot will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and he will apparently really live up to that description. Vin Diesel explained:
Yeah, there is a difference. He couldn't be more naive as Baby Groot. I always think of the Groot that we saw on the first Guardians as a college-level Groot, so he's not fully grown yet, but he's a man. And once he sacrifices himself at the end of the movie, now he has to start all over, so to speak, but we're gonna see this goofy, adorable, baby Groot thing running around the screen and just learning as he goes.
During a recent conversation with Collider to promote the release of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Vin Diesel opened up regarding the changes we can expect to see in Groot during the next installment in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. This new version of the walking tree will only have vague memories of his past "adult" life in the original film, which means that we will have to watch him grow up and learn as the story of the film progresses. With that in mind, this means that we can expect to see a far less mature, and far less competent version of Groot this time around. It's going to be so adorable.
This revelation about Groot's personality in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 also carries some serious emotional weight with it. Due to the fact that Groot will have only vague memories (at best) of his previous life, he may also have no memory of the adventures he shared with Rocket, or his sacrifice to save the rest of his teammates. In a movie packed to the brim with witty one-liners, bombastic action sequences, and exotic aliens, there's something quietly tragic about his potential lack of memory, and we cannot wait to see that element fleshed out.
This means that only the Guardians and the members of the audience will even remember that this heart-wrenching scene even took place:
One thing is pretty much certain: Baby Groot is going to melt our hearts all over again. We will bring you more information related to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as new details become available to us; the film will hit theaters on May 5, 2017.