Rebecca Vineyard
Updated Dec 13, 2016 @ 10:37 am
Credit: Marvel Studios

Everyone is losing their minds over Baby Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, and with good reason. Have you even SEEN his baby tree head, and his big baby tree eyes? He is the cookie-cutter version of adorable, but don’t for a second think that’s why we don’t have adult Groot in the Guardians sequel.

In a post on his Facebook page, director James Gunn wrote a long post addressing the belief that Baby Groot is in the film just so Marvel can sell merchandise.

So, Gunn decided to set the story soon after the events in the first Guardians film. That made Groot young, with a lot to learn. That change of setting opened up the script, and Gunn writes that everything began to fall into place.

Gunn admits he was somewhat fearful of bringing some of his ideas to Marvel. “Yes, perhaps it seems like a hole-in-one idea now, but Groot was the most popular character in the first film, and sometimes when something works studios are more than a little reluctant to change.”

Luckily, Marvel was on board, and the rest is adorable, adorable history.

We’re glad Gunn had a really legit reason for including Baby Groot in the film. Well, we are when our brains can form thoughts that aren’t “AWWWWWWmygosh Baby Groot is adorable!” Because, guys, the struggle is real.