Groot actor Vin Diesel has addressed his character’s surprising final line in Guardians of the Galaxy 3.
"It was very cool, because the audience was now able to understand the vernacular, the language of this flora colossus," Vin Diesel told Entertainment Tonight, referring to the moment in the Guardians of the Galaxy 3 ending that saw Groot say "I love you guys" instead of "I Am Groot."
Vin Diesel also paid tribute to the fans for sticking along for the near-decade ride with the Guardians. He said, "That’s a testament to the ten years of loyalty [and patience] which we’ve been so blessed with. To have to wait that long for someone just saying three monosyllabic words… [it’s] like everything in life: patience and dedication."
Still confused by that Groot farewell? James Gunn recently took to Twitter to confirm the scene’s intentions: Gamora – and by proxy, the audience – can now finally ‘understand’ Groot after spending so much time alongside him. Mystery solved.
Next up for Vin Diesel is Fast 10 – which is set to mark the beginning of the end for the Fast Saga.
Over in the MCU, Secret Invasion – starring a returning Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury – is hitting Disney Plus on June 21. The Marvel Phase 5 entry will be followed later this year by Captain Marvel sequel The Marvels. Multiple more Marvel instalments, including Loki season 2, were slated for a 2023 release but now have 'coming soon' launch windows.
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