The first Guardians of the Galaxy movie saw the original, adult Groot sacrifice himself to shield his allies when the damaged Dark Aster warship crashed on Xandar. This was not the end for the sentient tree-like creature because he appeared soon afterwards in the form of a sapling. The adorable baby Groot went on to appear in the second installment and it seemed like everything was fine on that end.
Taking to Twitter this week, director James Gunn made a startling revelation that the adult Groot version really did die in the first movie. The baby Groot version is actually his son and the assumption that the two are same is wrong.
He further explained that baby Groot has no memories of his father fighting alongside the would-be superheroes. Hence, he was effectively raised by the Guardians of the Galaxy themselves.
First Groot is dead. Baby Groot is his son.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 27, 2018
Gunn and his crew have reportedly already started pre-production on the third installment well in advance of principal photography. In addition, sources close to the matter have confirmed that production should begin in early 2019 at the Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, where majority of the first movie was produced.
Guardians of the Galaxy 3 will be the last installment in the trilogy, unless decided otherwise, and is slated to open in theaters somewhere in 2020. However, fans will not have to wait that long to see the superheroes save the galaxy once again. They will be appearing in Avengers: Infinity War on May 4, 2018, and again in the untitled sequel, presently dubbed Avengers 4, on May 3, 2019.