The ending of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 sees Groot speaking his first line, “I love you guys,” reflecting the audience’s connection to the Guardians family. However, in I Am Groot season 2, Groot reverts back to only saying “I am Groot,” possibly to maintain the character’s cuteness and align with the show’s focus on his iconic phrase. The canon status of I Am Groot is ambiguous, with director James Gunn questioning its place in the MCU. This suggests that continuity is not a priority and it’s best to stick with the familiar “I am Groot” line.
Groot Evolution in Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 3
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 focused on tying up the original crew’s story and setting up the new Guardians team, leaving Groot with less focus. However, Groot still had important moments in the film, including speaking his first non-“I am Groot” line. It is unclear if this moment will be followed up on in future installments.
Although the ending of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 allowed audiences to understand Groot, I Am Groot season 2 takes a step back and doesn’t allow viewers to understand the character. This contradicts the idea that audiences are part of the Guardians family and can understand Groot’s speech. It’s possible that the decision to have Groot only say “I am Groot” in the show is to maintain the character’s cuteness and appeal.
Furthermore, I Am Groot season 2 is considered ambiguously canon according to James Gunn. While some believe it is part of the MCU, Gunn finds it hard to see it as such. Therefore, it makes sense for the show to stick to the famous “I am Groot” line throughout.
Overall, while the ending of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 introduced a meaningful change for Groot, I Am Groot season 2 reverts back to his iconic phrase. This could be for the sake of the show’s title and focus on cuteness, as well as to align with the ambiguous canon status and continuity concerns.