How Old Groot Actually Is At The End Of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Baby Groot crying in Guardians 2

Spoilers ahead for the post-credits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Although it was released a few weeks ago, it seems like conversation revolving around James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has only continued to grow. As such, the rabid MCU fandom has taken to social media in order to get clarifications and questions answered, especially since Gunn is so consistently generous with his interactions with fans. In fact, James Gunn recently took to Facebook in order to clear up one question about everyone's favorite tree creature: Groot.

James Gunn recently did one of his signature Facebook live videos, where he eventually discussed Vin Diesel's Groot. Specifically, what age the character was in Guardians 2's post credits scene, which see him as a bratty kid.

I loved the idea of being able to grow with these characters and see them change little by little over time. And that's why I made him not teen Groot at the end, but adolescent Groot. He's not a teenager yet. He's still a young, young... older boy. I didn't want to just go back to what we had before.

Another piece of the Groot puzzle has been discovered. While many fans assumed that Groot was a teenager during his post-credits scene, it turns out that he was a bit younger. Which means we may have the opportunity to see even more forms of Groot in future installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In one of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's five (!!!) credits scenes, we see Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) walk into Groot's living quarters and try to give some parental advice. With his room covered in branches and the Guardian playing some sort of video game, Groot is utterly disinterested in what his new parental figure thinks, even rolling his eyes at Star-Lord's advice. This felt like some teenager attitude to audiences, but now it turns out that he was a bit younger in that scene than we originally guessed.

And now that we know how "old" Groot was during his post-credits scene, I have to wonder if we'll be able to see more forms of Groot before the fully grown adult version presumably debuts in Avengers: Infinity War. Just a few weeks ago, Vin Diesel revealed that the Groot we met in the first Guardians film was college aged, leaving open the possibility of more Groots in the future. I'm personally hoping that the Russo Brothers and company give us some montage of Groot growing up, before the Guardians finally crossover with the Avengers. Fingers crossed.

The conversation around Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 doesn't show any signs of stopping, so be sure to check back with us at CinemaBlend for updates on the acclaimed sequel, as well as the MCU as a whole. You can currently catch Guardians 2 in theaters now.

Corey Chichizola
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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 CinemaBlend. 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 favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.