Admit it, your favourite scenes in the trailers for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” are the ones with Baby Groot in it. Due to his cute appearance and adorable actions, many fans believe that the beloved character is nothing more than a mere marketing ploy to sell Marvel merchandises.

But director James Gunn begs to differ. In a lengthy Facebook post, Gunn explained that Baby Groot was the creative change that opened the film up for him.

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Source: Entertainment Weekly

“To be honest, when I was first working on the script for Vol. 2 I was planning on it being years after the first movie and for little Groot to be a grown Groot. But there was something missing. First of all, I thought there was a lot of development the group needed to go through as a group – and it would be a shame for the audience to miss it.

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“And, secondly, for whatever reason, Groot just wasn’t working. It was then I came upon the idea of having Vol. 2 take place very shortly after the first film and for Groot to still be Baby Groot, with quite a lot to learn. Even though I had already long-ago-decided on the other characters involved, this change opened up the whole movie for me and it suddenly all came together. I fell in love with the script for Vol. 2, and I felt like we were creating something very special,” he wrote.

He added that he was surprised that many fans love Baby Groot because “at that point he (Baby Groot) was only in his head”.

Read his full post below:

The upcoming sequel is set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2 and it continues the team’s adventures as they travel to the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s (aka Star Lord, played by Chris Pratt) true parentage.

Slated for release on 5th May 2017, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will be followed by “Spider-Man: Homecoming” on 7th July and “Thor: Ragnarok” on 3rd November.

Sources: Coming Soon, Screen Rant.

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