Guardians of the Galaxy promises to be one of the surprise hits produced from Marvel Studios. The movie is centered on a group of alien outlaws forced together to help protect the galaxy from an unstoppable threat. One of the more interesting characters is Groot. Groot is an alien that resembles a tree.
Groot is a unique character that gives the Guardians some interesting possibilities. Groot has massive size and strength but seems to lack intelligence. The trailer shows his only verbal ability in saying: I am Groot. Groot is able to communicate in a manner that does not resonate with the human ability to hear.
Powers and Abilities
Groot possesses superior size and strength than that of a human being. His body is made up of plant-like fibers and the overall strength of his body allows him incredible power. Groot’s strength would rival that of the Incredible Hulk. The Guardians of the Galaxy trailer reveals the power of Groot’s strength as he smashes his way through enemies.
Groot’s think skin allows him to have a limited invulnerability against many forms of physical attack. Groot can withstand a variety of physical assaults just like a tree would. His skin acts like a suit of living armor that repels physical attack. Groot is highly vulnerable to any and all types of fire. He could easily be destroyed if set on fire.
Groot has the ability to regenerate his cells at an accelerated speed. Groot can grow severed limbs and regenerate his outer skin. Groot can completely regenerate his entire body over time and because of this he has been assumed dead multiple times. Even if a small piece of Groot’s body remains and is planted into the ground, he will full regenerate.
Plant Communication and Control
Groot has the ability to communicate with all forms of surrounding plant life. Various plants and trees give Groot information about the surrounding environment and enable him to have a sixth sense about his surroundings. He also has the ability to control plant life to do his will. Groot can cause plants to attack targets and ensnare victims.
Many believe that Groot is a character created recently for the Guardians of the Galaxy. Surprisingly Groot is not a new character but in fact is older than many of the other characters in the Marvel comics. Groot first appeared in Tales to Astonish back in 1960. This makes Groot older than the X-Men, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and The Fantastic Four.