A new Japanese poster for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" has surfaced that's sure to send fans of Baby Groot scurrying to eBay. And by "fans," we of course mean everybody, because who doesn't love Baby Groot?
The image depicts the cheery little twig atop a pile of dynamite, smiling as he holds a match in one hand and waves with the other. It's certain to evoke memories of the second trailer for the Marvel Studios sequel, in which Baby Groot was perhaps a little too eager to press what Rocket Raccoon refers to as "the death button," setting off an atomic bomb.
Writer and director James Gunn has pushed back against suggestions that Baby Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel, is merely a marketing ploy. “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," he wrote in December. "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. 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.”
Set just months after the events of Marvel’s 2014 hit, the sequel follows the Guardians of the Galaxy as they travel throughout the cosmos and struggle to keep their newfound family together, all while helping Peter Quill learn more about his true parentage.
Arriving in theaters May 5, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Glenn Close as Irani Rael and Kurt Russell as Ego.
(via Screen Rant)