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Why GOTG's James Gunn Limits Groot's Translations

CBR logo CBR 8/8/2022 Lee Freitag
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 writer-director James Gunn has revealed why he only translates Groot's dialogue in the scripts for certain actors.

While responding to Marvel fans' questions on Twitter about Groot, Gunn was asked how the space tree's dialogue is written in the scripts, whether it was translated to English or simply written as "I am Groot." The director replied, "In the scripts for crew and cast that don’t understand Groot it says 'I am Groot.' But I also have scripts available for those who understand Groot with the translations in them." Vin Diesel, who voices Groot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has always received a translated script, and according to this statement by Gunn, so would Bradley Cooper's Rocket Racoon and Chris Hemsworth's Thor, who have been shown to understand Groot in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy and 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, respectively.

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Groot first appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy as the fourth film in Phase 2 of the MCU. Groot died at the end of the 2014 film and a new Groot, confirmed by Gunn to be Groot's son, debuted in the film's post-credits scene. Diesel voiced the original Groot and continues to voice Groot's son, collectively known as Baby Groot/Groot II, who has since appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Thor: Love and Thunder (2022). Vin Diesel also reprised his role of Groot in the 2018 animated film Ralph Breaks the Internet, which is not canon with the MCU.

More Groot in the MCU's Future

Groot is currently expected to appear in three future MCU projects: I Am Groot, The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The first released will be I Am Groot, an upcoming Disney+ series of animated shorts set after the events of Guardians of the Galaxy and before the Vol. 2 post-credits scene which featured a teenage Groot. Each episode will follow Baby Groot on various adventures that get him into trouble. Rocket has also been confirmed to appear in at least one episode, with Cooper returning to voice the genetically modified raccoon bounty hunter. I Am Groot is scheduled to premiere with five shorts on Disney+ on Aug. 10. Five additional shorts are currently in development and slated to premiere on the streaming service at a later date.

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In addition to Diesel and Cooper, The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special and Vol. 3 will feature the return of Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan and Pom Klementieff as Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Nebula and Mantis, the remaining members of the titular team. The holiday special will premiere on Disney+ in Dec. 2022 while the third film opens in theaters on May 5, 2023.

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