(Note: This post contains major spoilers for the ending of “Avengers: Infinity War.”)
“Avengers: Infinity War” doesn’t just bring together almost all of the storylines of the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the past 10 years — it also shakes everything up, changing everything we know about the MCU in the process.
The story concerns Thanos (Josh Brolin), a massively powerful super-bad guy whose arrival the MCU has been teasing since 2012’s “The Avengers.” Thanos has one big goal: Wipe out half the life in the universe, in order to allow the other half to thrive with abundant resources. It’s kind of a genocidal approach to garden pruning, and all the heroes of the MCU are fighting against it.
Thanos is looking to do that by gathering the six all-powerful Infinity Stones, which, when united, allow him to wish half the universe’s life out of existence — including half of the heroes in the MCU. At the end of the movie, he succeeds. Most of the Guardians of the Galaxy are wiped out, including everybody’s favorite sentient tree, Groot (Vin Diesel). Only Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) remains.
The disappearance of half the universe isn’t immediate though. Groot and Rocket have one last moment together, but since Groot can only speak one sentence — “I am Groot” — we rely on Rocket and the other characters to give the context for what he said.
In the case of Groot’s final line, though, we only knew that it had a big affect on Rocket. That is, until now. Thanks to “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn and Twitter, we know just how much of a gut punch that final moment between Rocket and Groot really was, as Heroic Hollywood pointed out.
Gunn revealed on Twitter that Groot’s last words to Rocket weren’t “I am Groot,” they were “Dad.”
This isn’t the first time Gunn hit fans in the feels when it comes to Groot. He previously revealed that, in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Groot died sacrificing himself to save the rest of the team. At the end of the movie, Rocket saves a twig of Groot that soon grows into another version of the creature. Gunn explained that the new Baby Groot in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” isn’t the same as the original — more like his son. The original Groot is definitely dead, and now, officially, so is his son.
So Rocket has essentially been raising Groot ever since, and in “Infinity War,” Groot is in his teen years. He was mouthy and apathetic, but when it counted in the battle against Thanos, Groot stepped up to join the fight. And while he seemed like an angry teen fed up with the other Guardians and their parental ways, it’s clear Groot really cared.
As if the ending of “Avengers: Infinity War” wasn’t sad enough already.