​‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Director Reveals Groot Actually Died In First Film

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​‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Director Reveals Groot Actually Died In First Film

At one point during the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, viewers thought all hope was lost as 'Dark Aster' ship was hurtling towards the ground with Peter Quill, Rocket, Gamora, Drax and Groot on board.

But the wooden creature that literally says the same word for everything took it upon himself to shield the crew from total destruction.




Fans of Groot were understandably devastated. While he didn't say much, he was a pretty lovable character and his sacrifice was tear-inducing.

But as the film ended, we see a baby Groot is growing in a tiny pot, making everyone think that a part of the character had been saved and was growing back into his former self.

Well, do we have news for you.

Director James Gunn has actually revealed that this new Groot is, in fact, the son of Groot, as the wooden creature did well and truly die in the first film.


The man behind the lens was asked a question on Twitter about which of the cute critters you would save: baby Groot or a Porg from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Um, obviously Groot.

The thread eventually found its way over to Gunn who commented that Groot was an 'advanced lifeform' rather than a simple animal like a Porg, making the decision actually pretty easy.

"Groot is not an animal! He's an advanced lifeform! It's easy!!" Gunn tweeted.


"You just sacrificed the life of a thinking being who saved all life in the universe for a single bird."

When one user chipped in and said that they thought you could simply grow Groot back 'as evidenced in your film', Gunn sought to set the record straight.

Gunn pointed out that this is definitely 'canon AF' (i.e. it happened in the original comics) and baby Groot clearly doesn't have his father's memories, as evidenced by his not knowing what button to push in the second film.


Thankfully someone saved the day by clarifying that neither baby Groot or the Porg actually had to die after all:

Phew. That's that one sorted then.

Featured Image Credit: Marvel/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Guardians of the Galaxy

Chris Ogden
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