Indeed, Baby Groot is already becoming a fan-favorite, and his fun banter with Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) in the film’s latest trailer is among its many highlights. How he ends up maturing throughout the film, both physically and emotionally, should be one of Vol. 2‘s more interesting arcs to watch, especially considering the character’s childlike personality seems to be a perfect reflection the adolescence of the Guardians themselves as a group, and the many things they still have left to learn about working together.
Baby Groot played a large role in the San Diego Comic-Con footage that was shown, which included an entire sequence from the film focusing solely on him, Rocket, and Michael Rooker’s Yondu. It was the first signs of what Baby Groot was going to be bringing to the sequel, and the promise of that scene already seems to be paying off in the new trailers and promotional artwork released for Vol. 2 so far. Keeping the character so young may not have been the expected or obvious route, but it’s clear that Baby Groot is going to be bringing an entirely different change of pace and additional dynamic to an already unconventional, beloved group of onscreen misfits.