The final act of Infinity War saw the demise of many beloved Marvel heroes, leaving fans to wonder how the characters could potentially return to the MCU in the future. One eagle-eyed fan claims that Groot, who turned to dust might have already appeared in the teaser for Avengers: Endgame.
The first teaser trailer for the Endgame depicted Tony Stark floating through space after his fight with Thanos, and if you look closely at one shot, it almost appears as though Groot’s wooden face is right behind him.
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While this might be good news for fans to think that Groot isn’t as dead as we thought, this likely isn’t him but is the result of pareidolia, a phenomenon in which the human brain attempts to interpret stimuli into recognizable forms or shapes. It’s still hard to deny that the figure looks like Groot, although it could be the result of a headrest with specific lights and shadows, creating what appears to be Groot.
Groot’s made his live-action debut in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, immediately winning over fans with his innocent demeanour and strength. The hero also delivered fans with one of the most heart-wrenching sequences of the film, protecting his teammates and the utterance “We are Groot” that instantly choked us up. While we thought Groot had been killed, the film’s final scenes showed us that a baby Groot had been planted, allowing him to live on in a new form.
In Guardians Vol. 2, Groot was seen as a toddler, delivering us numerous adorable moments of the hero whose on a journey to become a sentient being.
Infinity War gave audiences one of the most heart-breaking moments in MCU till date, thanks to Groot. Alongside many other characters, Groot turned to dust when Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet to wipe half of the universe, before uttering one final “I am Groot.” What took this moment to an all-new level of sadness is when Guardians director James Gunn confirmed that Groot’s final line, delivered to Rocket, was, “Dad.”