Sorry, fans of Groot. It looks like the beloved extraterrestrial tree creature will not be returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or at least not James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy .

The director, who helmed the first two “Guardians of the Galaxy” and is currently in earliest stages of developing volume three of the said superhero movie, shared as much during a Q&A session on his most recent Instagram Story – after a fan asked him about the return of Groot in his adult form.

“Sadly that original Groot is no longer with us,” he wrote, “so unless there is a prequel of some type, we won’t see him again.”

It is noted that Groot, who was voiced by Vin Diesel in his adult form, has been featured in various stages of his life throughout all his appearances. 

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Vin Diesel voiced the character Groot in Vol.1 of Guardians of the Galaxy
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Baby Groot was a fan favourite in Vol.2

started as an adult in Vol.1 of the franchise, as the adorable Baby
Groot in Vol.2, and later as an adolescent Groot in “Avengers: Infinity
War” and “Avengers: Endgame”.

Although Gunn might have meant that
his version of Groot has died, some also interpreted that a new adult
Groot will not be connected to the one from the first movie.

at least, fans of the character will be able to watch him in the
upcoming 2022’s “I Am Groot” on Disney+, as well as the upcoming Disney+
entry, “Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special” and 2022’s “Thor: Love
and Thunder”.

Let’s just see what happens when “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3” comes out in 2023.

Can you find Groot? We sure are gonna miss Baby Groot.