Groot Is Still Tiny in the First Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Image

Image via James Gunn on Twitter
Image via James Gunn on Twitter

There are some interesting details in the very first piece of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 concept art. For one thing, Groot hasn’t grown big yet. For another, there’s a brand new character standing there behind our team.

The image, tweeted by director James Gunn, shows not only Rocket, Groot, Gamora, Peter Quill, and Drax, but also shows Nebula, Yondu, and a new (to the MCU) character named “Mantis.”


Entertainment Weekly revealed that the movie version of Mantis is “an acquaintance of the Guardians” who has learned everything she knows about interacting with others from them. She’ll be played in the by Pom Klementieff (Oldboy).

As for baby Groot, executive producer Jonathan Schwartz says that there’s a question about whether this is the same Groot we all know and loved—just shrunk down a bit—or a brand new Groot. Regardless, he’ll have a different personality. “He doesn’t have the wisdom and experience of that Groot. He’s a younger Groot and a more rambunctious Groot,” Shwartz told Entertainment Weekly.

We’re going to be stuck pondering the nature of Groots until the movie comes out in 2017, aren’t we?

Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.

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So, Mantis isn’t green (but does have the antennae!) and “new” Groot is a baby clone of his old self?

I’m fine with all of this.