Celebrate With Baby Groot: There’s A New Guardians Vol. 2 Teaser

While you shouldn’t expect to see too many more clips from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 before the film’s imminent release, Marvel has unveiled a new teaser that shows the old gang engaged in their usual mix of explosive action and absurdist banter. This teaser also offers a quick glimpse of Baby Groot getting mixed up in the action.

In one of his rambling Facebook posts, writer-director James Gunn recently explained that he once planned to set the action in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 several months after the conclusion of the original, allowing Groot to be full-sized. “But there was something missing,” he wrote. “First of all, I thought there was a lot of development the group needed to go through as a group—and it would be a shame for the audience to miss it. And, secondly, for whatever reason, Groot just wasn’t working. It was then I came upon the idea of having Vol. 2 take place very shortly after the first film and for Groot to still be Baby Groot, with quite a lot to learn… this change opened up the whole movie for me and it suddenly all came together. I fell in love with the script for Vol. 2, and I felt like we were creating something very special.”

When it came time to unveil his plan for the film to Marvel, Gunn admits that he was nervous to reveal the involvement of several new characters (Ego the Living Planet, Mantis, Ayesha), but he was even more nervous to reveal that Groot would be staying small. “Groot was the most popular character in the first film, and sometimes when something works, studios are more than a little reluctant to change,” he explained. “To my happy surprise, my partners at Marvel were more than supportive about the big swings in the story of Vol. 2.”

Baby Groot and the rest of the gang returns to theatres on May 5. When it comes time to see Guardians Vol. 2, Gunn says you’ll want to arrive promptly—and stay until the very end: