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How Will Groot’s New Change Affect the MCU?

Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Infinity Countdown #1. Proceed with caution!

Prior to Groot‘s reemergence during the Annihilation: Conquest event, everyone’s favorite walking tree was just a footnote in comic book history. Groot may have been one of Marvel’s earliest monsters, but he was a minor villain at best. A heroic version of Groot joined the modern Guardians of the Galaxy in 2008, but he wasn’t quite as loquacious as his predecessor. That’s why “I am Groot” is still his catchphrase a decade later. However, the first issue of Marvel’s Infinity Countdown has restored Groot’s lost ability to speak, and today’s Nerdist News is looking at its potential implications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Join host and tree whisperer, Jessica Chobot, as she tells us how it happened and what it means. It’s worth noting that Groot’s comic book counterpart isn’t constantly dying and spawning a child when he is broken apart; he’s always the same Groot, despite James Gunn’s assurance that the MCU’s Baby Groot is the son of the original. The two Groots are already governed by different rules, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see Groot become more talkative in future movies.

The Marvel Universe and the MCU may not line up exactly, but the comics and the films have informed each other for years. Getting rid of Groot’s vocal limitations could actually happen in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, especially if Marvel ever decides to fully take advantage of Vin Diesel‘s voice by giving Groot his own spin-off. We already know Vol. 3 will end the Guardians team as we know it, but if Groot wants to breakout on his own or stick with Rocket as a duo, then having the ability to clearly speak would probably be a good thing.

Do you want to see Groot regain his voice in the MCU? Let’s discuss in the comment section below!

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