December 23, 2016 4 min read
Groot is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers and first appeared in Tales To Astonish #13(1960). An extraterrestrial, sentient tree-like creature, Groot originally appeared as an invader that intended to capture humans for experimentation.
Groot first appeared in Tales to Astonish #13 (November 1960), and was created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Dick Ayers. Groot appeared again in The Incredible Hulk Annual #5 (Oct. 1976), alongside five other monsters from Marvel's anthology horror comics of the late 1950s and early 1960s. In The Sensational Spider-Man #−1 (July 1997), Groot was featured in a nightmare of the young Peter Parker.
Groot reappeared in 2006 in the six issue limited series Nick Fury's Howling Commandos, and appeared in the Annihilation: Conquest and Annihilation: Conquest – Star-Lord limited series. Groot went on to join the Guardians of the Galaxy in the series of the same name, and remained a fixture of the title until its cancellation with issue #25 in 2010. Groot appeared in its follow-up, the limited series The Thanos Imperative, and, alongside fellow Guardian Rocket Raccoon, Groot starred in backup features in Annihilators #1–4 (March–June 2011) and Annihilators: Earthfall #1–4 (September–December 2011).
Groot was an extraterrestrial being that had the appearance of a tree, and his race was thought to be extinct. It was determined that that his species was called Floral Colossus, by the Kree. Groot initially traveled to Earth seeking humans as test subjects. His mission was foiled by Leslie Evans who used termites against him and it appeared that Groot was destroyed. However, he was defeated by It, The Living Colossus and became a captive of S.H.I.E.L.D., he would later become a member of Nick Fury’s Howling Commandos team. The Incredible Hulk found himself in battle with Groot, although it was later revealed after his apparent destruction that the Hulk was fighting a replica created by Xemnu the Titian.
Groot recently returned to space and was selected by the Kree to be a part of Star-Lord’s team in the event known as the Annihilation Conquest. Groot and Star-lord would eventually defeat the menace known as the Phalanx, however in doing so Groot would sacrifice his life. The cosmic crusader Rocket Raccoon took a branch of Groot and planted it in a pot and the allowing the hero to re-grow. While in space Groot’s only words spoken were “I am Groot”.
After the defeat of the Phalanx, Groot joined the Guardians of the Galaxy a proactive peacekeeping team assembled by Star-Lord. As a member of the Guardians Groot has battled the likes of Blastaar the living bomb-burst, the Badoon, the mighty Shi'ar, and the Inhumans. While in the company of Maximus of the Inhumans it was determined that Groot was really speaking in a clear dialect, but due to his strange physical make up. His larynx and vocal cords are stiff and inflexible
Groot can absorb wood as food, and has the ability to regenerate. Groot can control trees, he can form plants, using them to attack others, and appears to be resistant to fire. Groot is able to sprout dramatically increasing mass which then severely inhibits movement.
Groot has been seemingly killed on multiple occasions, each time regrowing from a sprig.
Black Bolt's brother Maximus the Mad asserted that whenever Groot is saying the trademark "I am Groot!" he has actually been saying any number of things, and his varying inflections of the sentence are the equivalent of words and sentences. People who have interacted with Groot are gradually able to decipher the meaning of the inflections and can carry on full conversations with Groot as time goes on. The mature form of Groot's species is robust and heavyweight, which causes the organs of acoustic generation to become stiff and inflexible. It is this hardened nature of Groot's larynx that causes people, who are oblivious to the subtle nuances of Flora Colossi speech, to misinterpret Groot as merely repeating his name. It could not be determined whether Maximus' claim was true or merely another manifestation of his madness, though Groot did genuinely seem to be assisting Maximus with highly advanced engineering. Later, in All New X-Men #23, Jean Grey telepathically links with Groot, showing that Groot's thought processes are indeed complex, and the declaration of "I am Groot!" usually represents attempts at highly intelligent communication.
Groot has a number of allies including Rocket Raccoon, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax The Destroyer, Mantis, Nova, Adam Warlock, Black Bolt and many more.
Over the years Groot has made a number of enemies including Thanos, Ronan, Nebula, Cardinal Raker, Magus, Monster Of Badoon and many more.
The movie was directed by James Gunn. The movie featured Chris Pratt as Peter Quill(Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper, Groot voiced by Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Micheal Rooker as Yondu and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The movie performed very well both critically and financially and was the summer blockbuster of 2014.
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