As of now, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is currently in production, but it’s not the only Guardians-themed content that fans are looking forward to. Not only will there be a Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special that is expected to be released on Disney+ next year, but there will also be a series of animated shorts that are titled I Am Groot, which show the misadventures of Baby Groot. This morning, the director of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, James Gunn, confirmed that the series, I Am Groot, will be released in 2022.
"Wait I am Groot is 2022?? @JamesGunn can you confirm?," @JoshDGomes asked the director on Twitter. "I can confirm. #IAmGrootm," Gunn replied. You can check out the tweet below:
Here are some hilarious replies to James Gunn’s confirmations:
"A lot of times on the first movie we were like, 'Are we even putting Groot in this movie?' Because Sean [Gunn] plays Rocket on set, and he's so present as Rocket that you're very aware of Rocket as a character," James Gunn explained previously in an interview back in 2017. "The guy playing Groot was a stand-in on the last movie and so we just kind of always forgot he was there. He doesn't talk very much, so you're doing all these scenes, and when we have the scenes in the movie where they turn to Groot and Groot's like, 'Why are you forgetting me?' That's really what we felt like while we were shooting the first film."
Gunn continued, "I think also, the whole personality of Groot and who he was, it was there on the page and then you forget about it while you were shooting the first movie, but now everyone knows Groot so well that we have much larger awareness, me and the cast, of a baby Groot being there at all times. And him being one of the members in the scene...I think he's a better-written character than the first Groot in some ways. Not that he was poorly written at all, but I think he's just more complete character."
The animated series, I Am Groot, is set to be released exclusively on Disney+ in 2022. The third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy is set to debut on May 23, 2023.