When the Guardians of the Galaxy set off in their ship at the end of Avengers: Endgame, they were engaged in a cheerful argument about how to settle the matter of leadership between Peter Quill and new member Thor. Groot, the adolescent tree-creature voiced by Vin Diesel, contributed his usual line -- "I am Groot" -- but a translation from the film's directors has clued fans in on what he really meant.
Groot's species, as explained with his predecessor's introduction in Guardians of the Galaxy, can only say one phrase, but some characters can understand the three words as a complete language. Generally, the audience is left to guess at what he's really saying.
Occasionally, though, there's an answer from the source. According to Reddit user @zachzhou630, who attended a Q&A session with directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Groot responded to his teammates' suggestion of a knife fight between Thor and Quill with "Yes, I like knives."
This isn't the first time Groot's dialogue has been translated for the audience after the fact. James Gunn, who was an executive producer on Avengers: Infinity War, revealed Groot's last line as he was being taken by the Snap: "...Dad?", spoken to a heartbroken Rocket Raccoon.
While the young tree's appreciation of knives might not be entirely healthy, fans will probably be relieved by the lighthearted tone of his final words this time around.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos.