Marvel May Be Developing More I Am Groot Shorts Without James Gunn

Groot almost killed the Grunds in I Am Groot

Director James Gunn may be leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but his Guardians of the Galaxy will continue their story in the franchise, according to the filmmaker. Groot, specifically, is getting more animated shorts on Disney+.

Gunn himself appeared to confirm that Marvel Studios is developing more shorts for I Am Groot and noted that he will not be involved in their development. It should be noted that he did not outright confirm new shorts, telling followers on social media, “I think you’re getting more.”


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Disney+’s I Am Groot

I Am Groot is a series of animated shorts released on Disney+, centered on the fan-favorite Flora colossus from Planet X. The show was met with positive reviews upon release, with critics and audiences praising the humor and quirkiness of the show. Gunn previously confirmed that the shorts are largely separate from MCU canon, stating, “[I Am Groot episodes] are animated shorts so not necessarily part of the Guardians saga… They’re canon to themselves, I’d think.”

Gunn’s final project in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the recently-released Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The film concludes a number of character arcs and presents a farewell to iconic MCU actors, including Dave Bautista and Zoe Saldana, who played Drax the Destroyer and Gamora, respectively.

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MCU Stars Move On

In addition, actor Chris Pratt, who plays Peter Quill, recently suggested he would not reprise the role unless the script honors the characters Gunn helped to bring to the screen. “To continue to tell the story, it would really be important to honor what he’s done in the first three films and to honor what the fans have grown to love about the character and not simply do it because people might show up to pay for it,” Pratt stated.

As for Gunn himself, the filmmaker was appointed co-CEO of DC Studios back in October 2022, along with Peter Safran. In the months that followed, Gunn announced a new slate of DC films and shows, including Superman: Legacy, Creature Commandos, The Brave and the Bold and more. He is attached to the Man of Steel-centric film as both writer and director, with recent reports suggesting that he has already submitted the first draft for Superman: Legacy. However, reports also suggested that he would be stepping back from his duties at DC Studios in support of the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 premieres in theaters on May 5.

Source: Twitter


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