There were a lot of amazing things to see during the Marvel Studios presentation at San Diego Comic-Con back in July. Coming out of Hall H, however, there were two words that could be heard louder and more frequently than any others: Baby Groot.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 footage gave the audience a brand new version of the world’s favorite dancing Guardian. Baby Groot was cute, sweet, hilarious, and lethal. Vin Diesel, who voiced Groot in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, recently spoke with Collider about returning to voice the pint-sized version of the character and that’s changed since the first film.
“Yeah, there is a difference. He couldn’t be more naive as Baby Groot. I always think of the Groot that we saw on the first Guardians as a college-level Groot, so he’s not fully grown yet, but he’s a man. And once he sacrifices himself at the end of the movie, now he has to start all over, so to speak, but we’re gonna see this goofy, adorable, baby Groot thing running around the screen and just learning as he goes.”
While Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige once said that Baby Groot will still have the memories of his larger self, director James Gunn later said that was not actually the case. Baby Groot really is starting fresh, which actually says more about the sacrifice made by the larger Groot we met in the first film. That character really is gone and his conscious mind may have effectively died.
Fans who were not at SDCC are obviously wondering when they will get their first look at Baby Groot in action. All we know, thanks to Gunn, is that the trailer will be out before Christmas. Based on previous Marvel Studios trailer releases and the fact that Doctor Strange is due in theaters November 4, I thought we would get a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer sometime this month, but that window is closing quickly.
If this month passes us by and there is no GotG Vol. 2 trailer, then we probably will not see one until we get closer to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Perhaps we will see the trailer released around Thanksgiving, just like the first Captain America: Civil War trailer last year.