Director James Gunn has revealed what inspired one of the most heartwarming moments from 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy.
In the film, as the Guardians sought out the Collector on Knowhere to find out more about the Orb (Power Stone), Groot shared a tender moment with a young girl, growing a flower from his limb and then giving it to her. According to Gunn, the scene was inspired by James Whale's 1931 classic Frankenstein.
"The inspiration for Groot giving the little girl the flower in GotG Vol 1, only without Groot murdering her afterwards," he tweeted. "These James Whale movies are so magical and I hope kids still watch them."
The inspiration for Groot giving the little girl the flower in GotG Vol 1, only without Groot murdering her afterwards. These James Whale movies are so magical and I hope kids still watch them. https://t.co/R5ZOs7v5O0— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 12, 2018
In the Frankenstein scene, the monsters (Boris Karloff) encounters Maria, the daughter of a local farmer. Unfazed by the creature's appearance, the girl befriends the monster, throwing flowers into a lake to watch them float. However, the monster ends up tossing in Maria, believing she would float, too, only for her to tragically drown.
That dark inspiration aside, the flower-sharing moment reminds us why Groot, to many, is considered to be one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's emotional anchors.