ByElise Jost, writer at Creators.co
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Elise Jost

If you're a Marvel fan, you'll probably agree that a nice Christmas present would be another #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy2 trailer — do you read us, #JamesGunn? The sequel to one of #Marvel's most unanticipated successes is coming May 5, 2017, and we can't wait to be reunited with Peter Quill's band of misfits.

While a teaser trailer already dropped about a month ago, we're still waiting to clarify a few plot points, from the characters set to appear in the movie to the soundtrack that'll follow in the footsteps of the Awesome Mix Vol. 1. What's going on between Peter and Gamora with all those dance troubles? How big will baby Groot be, exactly?

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Rocket Needs A Family

At the end of the first Guardians movie, Groot sacrificed his pretty branches to protect the team — but fortunately, a twig survived and started growing again, which gives us a little baby Groot in the second part of the Guardians' adventures. Rocket, meanwhile, can be expected to be as grumpy as ever.

A theory has suggested that the reason for his constant state of anger and annoyance is that he was designed to carry the Power Stone, which is the source of a similarly agitated power. But all in all we don't know very much about his past, except that he was experimented on and that that didn't leave him very happy with himself.

'Guardians of the Galaxy' [Credit: Marvel Studios]
'Guardians of the Galaxy' [Credit: Marvel Studios]

Sean Gunn, brother of the director and stand-in for Rocket on set, explained to Comicbook.com that Rocket would experience a "crisis of faith" in the movie:

"Rocket has a lot of great stuff to do in this movie. There are a few relationships that are central to the theme of the movie and that really go towards keeping a family, and Rocket has the same sort of crisis of faith about whether or not he belongs in this family."

Can the Guardians be a real family, or do they truly belong in other places? It's a tough question to answer, seeing as they work so well together, yet come from radically different backgrounds and seek different things.

Baby Groot Is Going To Be Very Naive — But What If Rocket Becomes His Mentor?

'Guardians of the Galaxy' [Credit: Marvel Studios]
'Guardians of the Galaxy' [Credit: Marvel Studios]

Something that could help Rocket find a purpose, however, is young Groot — and who wouldn't melt at the sight of such a cute little tree? They were already so close in the first installment, yet it was mostly Groot who would protect Rocket or keep him from imploding altogether.

Vin Diesel, who voices the talking tree, also revealed that this new Groot had much to learn:

"There is a difference. He couldn't be more naive as baby Groot. I always think of the Groot that we saw in the first Guardians as a college level Groot. He's not fully grown yet, but he's a man. Once he sacrifices himself at the end of the movie, now he has to start all over, so to speak. So we're going to see this goofy, adorable, baby Groot thing running around the screen. Just kinda learning as he goes. I think people are going to love this movie."

Aside from the fact that this is going to be an utter delight to watch — though it might signify trouble for the Guardians if their only reasonable member has become a toddler — this new attitude will bring about a different relationship between Groot and Rocket.

The best case scenario would be that Groot's need for mentoring means something like family to Rocket, which in turn would help the raccoon get over his troubled past. He wouldn't possibly want to shout at Groot all the time, would he?

How do you see Rocket evolving in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?

'Guardians of the Galaxy' [Credit: Marvel Studios]
'Guardians of the Galaxy' [Credit: Marvel Studios]

(Sources: Comicbook.com, Collider)