It's no secret that the only dialogue we can understand from everyone's favorite houseplant for hire — Groot — is the simple line, "I am Groot." In 2014's #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy, it seemed that Rocket was the only exception to this, as he seemed to understand Groot just fine.
Things changed a bit with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as Rocket's understanding of Groot seemed to not only fade down a bit, but fellow Guardians seemed to gain a better understanding of what the Baby Groot had to say.
During one of the many post-credits scenes, viewers caught onto the fact that Star-Lord had a conversation with a slightly older version of Groot. (Star-Lord bursts into Groot's room and has a sort of father-to-son conversation about keeping his room clean and doing more than just playing video games.) When Groot refuses to put a game down and sneers "I am Groot," Star-Lord is offended at the accusation that he's boring.
Director #JamesGunn took to Facebook to clear up the confusion during an open Q&A. Gunn not only confirmed that Star-Lord does understand Groot's dialogue, but he also said Quill can freely communicate with him similar to how Rocket does:
"Peter Quill obviously does understand Adolescent Groot at the end of the movie. As for the other Guardians, we'll have to wait and see."
Gunn also cleared up that the Groot we see in the post-credits scene isn't a teenage version, but a "tween" adolescent version of the character:
"One other minor misconception is people think that's Teen Groot at the end of the movie. ... I would call him Tween Groot. ... He's not quite a teenager yet and, yes, Peter Quill can understand him."
Will Groot remain a tween in Avengers: Infinity War or grow back to full size? We'll know a year from now — the massive team-up opens on May 4, 2018.
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