While it was released back in 2014, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe haven't stopped discussing and dissecting James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy. And with a sequel now less than a month away and early screenings occurring, it won't be long before the motley crew of heroes reunites on the silver screen. As such, the marketing campaign for Guardians 2 is amping up, leading to lots of new images and clips over the past few weeks. In fact, a new TV spot was just released that is all about the biggest scene stealer in the group: Baby Groot.
How can you not love the little guy? While Groot may be a fraction of his size in the original Guardians of the Galaxy, it doesn't look like that's going to stop the giant tree from getting into more bar fights. But his opponents are just a tad smaller.
Shared by Vin Diesel's official Facebook account, this short trailer is made up of a mixture of new and previously seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 footage.
Of course, the newest footage features Baby Groot getting into a fistfight with some tiny alien creatures. The reason? They apparently gave big G a dirty look, which Bradley Cooper's Rocket Raccoon outwardly denies. But that hasn't stopped Groot from kicking ass before, and it's definitely not going to start now.
Upon closer inspection, this new clip is likely from the Guardians' big opening battle with the horrifying intergalactic monster called the Abelisk. This high flying battle is sure to set the stage for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and has provided the majority of the action sequences from the various teasers and trailers. The tiny aliens that Groot is sucker punching appear to be small creatures/babies that may have previously lived inside of the Abelisk, so this moment of levity probably comes at the end of the big opening battle.
It should be interesting to see how Baby Groot functions within Guardians 2's larger narrative. James Gunn has repeatedly stated that the film is focused on the concept of family, with Star-Lord dealing with his father (Kurt Russell), and the Gamora/Nebula relationship being another major focus. So what about Baby Groot?
I can only assume that Baby Groot's familial story will be focused on Rocket Raccoon. The two are extremely close, while also serving as bickering siblings. But with Rocket now taking care of the pint sized hero, perhaps a more fatherly side will come out of the talking raccoon.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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