While Groot survived the end of "Guardians of the Galaxy," it came with a price -- an adorable one, mind you -- that saw the character reborn as a young version of himself: The now-iconic Baby Groot. To the delight of fans, we'll be seeing more of Baby Groot in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," and according to Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige, it'll take a while for the character grow back into his old self, kind of like Spock after his resurrection in the original "Star Trek" movie series.
In an interview with Collider, Feige said of Baby Groot's character in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel, "He remembers. He's not mentally a baby, he is still Groot...I sort of equate it to Spock circa the end of 'Search for Spock' and 'The Voyage Home.'"
Touching on Rocket Raccoon and Baby Groot's relationship in the sequel, Feige said, "When it comes to a Guardians of the Galaxy film, a James Gunn script, it's not just about the funny, it's not just about the action, it's about the heart. And the amount of heart that you get out of this trash panda raccoon and now this little twig baby Groot is actually awe-inspiring. It is amazing what he's done with those two characters."
Directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone, Karen Gillan and many others, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" hits theaters on May 5, 2017.