The loveable member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot has received a new ability that sets him apart from his Marvel Cinematic Universe counterpart. First created for the comicbook by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Larry Lieber, and Dick Ayers in 1960’s Tales to Astonish #13, Groot initially came to Earth as an invading alien force, later being reintroduced in 2006 as the gentle and intelligent hero that Marvel fans know and love. Groot (Vin Diesel) and his line “I am Groot” surged into popularity after his initial appearance in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie with his pal Rocket Raccoon, played by Bradley Cooper.
After the character’s death in the GOTG Vol.1, people assumed that he had been reincarnated as Baby Groot. However, director James Gunn laid down some useful information during a humorous Twitter battle involving a Porg from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Baby Groot. Gunn revealed that this version of the character is the first Groot’s son, not a reincarnated copy of the alien from the first film.
In the comicbooks, Groot is part of an alien species from Planet X known as the Flora Colossi. While the phrase “I am Groot” is silly in nature, it’s mostly due to the fact that the aliens can’t speak very effectively due to their stiff voice boxes. The Guardian of the Galaxy known as Groot was part of a sap-line that endowed him with a vast intellect, and knowledge of quasi-dimensional super-positional engineering.
While Groot may appear to be just a gentle giant within the MCU, his intelligence is unfathomable. According to Black Bolt’s brother Maximus the Mad, whenever Groot said his key phrase, “I am Groot,” he was manipulating the inflections of his voice to say many things at once that could be deciphered by any listener willing to converse with the alien being long enough.
Recently, for Marvel’s Infinity Countdown comicbook, Groot was given the ability to speak in complete sentences, as well as third-person. This version of the character was found battling alongside his galactic companions against the Gardener, creator of Groot and one of the Elders of the Universe.
Once Baby Groot used his plant-based powers to cure The Gardener of a poison that Loki had inflicted upon him, he allowed the Flora Colossus to grow to his full stature and strength. The character then began to speak, and The Gardener said that Groot was now the same as, “the beginning of [his] tale.“ What mysterious things could be unfolding for the Guardian of the Galaxy? Fans will just have to wait and see. Infinity Countdown #1 is now on-sale.