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James Gunn on Groot's growth cycle and why he's still young in Infinity War

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Jul 24, 2017

One of the funniest surprises in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 came during one of the multiple end credits scenes with a video game playing, snotty teen Groot brushing off Star-Lord's protestations about the junk and clutter in his bedroom.

Though I'm kinda sad we won't be seeing Baby Groot again, I'm anxious to see what hormonal stirrings and moody outbursts arise when the adolescent (not a teen) Groot is showcased in Avengers: Infinity War next year.

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Hoping to shed some photo-synthesizing light on the topic of why Groot is still in his impressionable years, director Gunn delivered a lengthy explanation on the sentient tree's complex alien life cycle on Facebook after his appearance in the SDCC sneak peek for Infinity War revealed the sprouting plant's presence:

"People are asking me a lot about how fast Groot grows, because in his appearance in the Infinity War trailer he was an ADOLESCENT (not a "teen" as has been reported in many places). This is exactly the same state of growth you see in the post credits scene of Vol. 2: Adolescent Groot.

In terms of how fast Groot grows overall, I can tell you this: Baby Groot appears two months after the Infant Groot we see at the end of Vol. 1. The post-credits scene with Adolescent Groot and Peter Quill is YEARS after the ending of Vol. 2. I won't say exactly how many years at this time, but be clear that it took him a fair amount of time just to go from Baby Groot to Adolescent Groot. (As a side note, I'll point out that Peter Quill can obviously understand what "I am Groot" means in the post-credits scene, so somehow he's learned to understand him in the same way Rocket has).

Like dogs, who grow at a different rate than humans, and spend a different percentage of their lives in adolescence than humans do, Groot and Humans do not grow at some exact exchange rate. So, although two months seems to be about two years (as Baby Groot seems to behave roughly like a two year old), it is not fair to assume that every month is a year to Groot. He has an alien biology and ages in a completely different way than a human being. Different aspects of his growth may take longer or shorter than a human's.

And, other than that, I'm going to leave you in suspense - frankly, for quite a while, as it will take years to show you how Groot goes from infancy to adulthood."

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Thus endeth the alien botany lesson for the day and I can't wait to see more of young Groot when Avengers: Infinity War strikes on May 4, 2018.

Do you miss Baby Groot or are you eager to see more of his angsty, rebellious years?

(Via Geek Tyrant)