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I Am Groot series gets poster and release date… and may not be canon according to James Gunn

June 6th, 2022 by Marc Comments

The animated Baby Groot series, I Am Groot, has been given a poster and official release date but if you’re a big fan of ‘it’s all connected’, you might not be best pleased but the next part.

The series s penned by Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn and it was assumed by fans that it was part of the Guardians and MCU universe as we know it.

However, earlier today on Twitter Gunn was asked about when the series take place in the MCU, to which he wrote: “They are animated shorts so not necessarily part of the Guardians saga.”

Now, while this isn’t exactly saying it’s not canon, when pushed on the subject, he later wrote: “They’re canon to themselves, I’d think.”


Ok, you and I both know that’s a reply that’s basically saying ‘it’s whatever you want it to be’, no matter how much you try to make sense of it.

So, basically, it’s a series of animated shorts that will likely just be a fun little series and it’s up to you if you try to make it fit in the wider MCU but we know a few things… because it’s baby Groot, it’s either the one we saw die in the first Guardians movie or the one we have seen grow up in the MCU since, meaning it’s either before the first movie or between the first and second movies (helpful, I know) and the synopsis hints that it’s the first Groot we met as talks of his ‘glory days growing up,’ (below).

Whatever it is, I have a feeling it’ll be a silly, fun little series that, canon or not, will have little to no impact on the Guardians movies or the wider MCU and while I’d rather it were canon, I can see some folks welcoming that break from everything being vital.

Which category are you in?

The series of shorts follows Groot’s glory days growing up and getting into trouble among the stars.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….