The Guardians of the Galaxy are making their mark on the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4 already, despite the franchise’s third installment, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3, is not slated to hit theaters until 2023. Recently, the team showed up in the opening minutes of Thor: Love and Thunder, and a Guardians holiday special are set to land on Disney+ later this year.
Another, smaller, project based on the characters of the franchise is also set to debut soon. I Am Groot, a series of shorts based on the popular age-confused tree-like alien Groot will hit Disney+ on August 10, 2022. A new report has revealed that Marvel Studios released early footage of the Disney+ series, and it includes the return of another Guardians favorite.
According to The Direct, an early theatrical screening of the first episode of I Am Groot, Bradley Cooper is confirmed to return as Rocket Raccoon in the Disney+ shorts. Cooper’s name appeared in the credits as Rocket Raccoon, suggesting his appearance in at least one episode of I Am Groot and marking his sixth appearance in the MCU to date.
While it is fun that Cooper and Rocket will be involved, director James Gunn has hinted that the short series may not be canon to the greater MCU. I Am Groot, will consist of five shorts but there are no exact details on how long each individual episode will be, but as they are titled “shorts” we shouldn’t expect an overarching storyline or long episodes. This isn’t a new thing for the service and isn’t a sign that they are changing the model, as it’s rather common for the service in how they tackle their shorts, such as Olaf Presents.
I Am Groot is scheduled to release on Disney+ on August 10, 2022.
Source: The Direct