Officially confirmed: MCU darling only got its name through a mistake

Groot is one of the most likeable characters in the Marvel Universe. But originally the wooden superhero was not supposed to be called Groot.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has a variety of extremely popular characters. Some characters don’t even have to have much to say, such as groot from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. The natural scion actually owes its name to a misunderstanding.

Because how Screen Rant reported, the sentence came in “The Infinity Gauntlet”, a five-part comic book that was part of the 2015 Secret Wars crossover. In the story penned by writers Dustin Weaver and Gerry Duggan, Star-Lord, Gamora and a group of Nova members land on the merged planet Battleworld to track down one of the Infinity Stones from Thanos.

Their journey leads them to a tree, which unsurprisingly turns out to be Groot. But before the group realizes that the rooting Marvel darling can actually talk, a few words escape their lips that eventually lead to the taciturn hero’s iconic phrase. But before we tell you what those words are, we would like to introduce you to the best Easter Eggs from the MCU in the following video:

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This is how the misunderstanding surrounding Groot’s iconic sentence came about

First, Gamora discovers that the tree Eyes (“Eyes”) and the actors are shocked by this realization. Then one of the Nova members gives a thoughtful one “Hmmm” of himself before that member’s brother thinks that the tree over the stone grown is. Most recently, the troupe speculates that the stone is at the root of the tree is located. Finally, considering this conversation, Groot opens his mouth and says: “Eye hmmm grew root.”

One of the characters present misunderstood the tree’s utterance and thinks it said “I am Groot”. Groot didn’t utter this sentence like that, but towards the end of the comic book he adopted it as a kind of battle cry that we’ll hear at the latest from the May 3, 2023 heard again in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

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