3:24pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Kevin Feige: Baby Groot in 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Is Like 'Star Trek's' Spock
Superman isn't going to be the first modern superhero to come back from the dead when he returns in next year's Justice League; Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will beat the Warner Bros. movie to the punch by regrowing Groot from a twig, and according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, he'll be the same Groot fans remember … only shorter.
"He remembers" what happened in the original Guardians, Feige told Collider. "He's not mentally a baby, he is still Groot. I sort of equate it to Spock circa the end of [Star Trek III:] Search for Spock or [Star Trek IV:] The Voyage Home."
What's worth remembering is that Spock wasn't quite himself at the end of Star Trek III — his memory was still pretty jumbled, and it took the length of Star Trek IV to set him right. Does this mean that the new Groot will have a swiss-cheesed brain for much of the new movie, to pull from another Star Trek-adjacent source? And more importantly, given that all he ever says is "I Am Groot," how will we know for sure?
Feige went on to promise more than just laughs in director James Gunn's follow-up to the 2014 Marvel hit.
"It’s not just about the funny, it’s not just about the action, it’s about the heart," he said. "The amount of heart that you get out of this trash panda raccoon and now this little twig baby Groot is actually awe-inspiring. It is amazing what he’s done with those two characters."
As to when non-Comic-Con audiences will be able to see some of this amazement for themselves, Feige offered a welcome tease, suggesting that a trailer might accompany the November release of Doctor Strange. That gives everyone four months to get the footage up to Gunn's standards for public release.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 blasts into theaters May 5, 2017.