I Am Groot, a fun little animated series, has given MCU fans exactly what they want: nonstop hijinks from Baby Groot. All five of the five shorts drop the tiny Guardian of the Galaxy into scenarios with little stakes but substantial potential for adventure. Groot travels to alien realms, receives a makeover, and nearly wrecks their ship while chasing his artistic passions. It's a fun little series, but is it canon?
Is it necessary to know if a fantastic all-ages drama starts in the same cinematic universe that Thanos nearly conquered? Sure, it appears like a stranger takes place in the same cinematic universe that he nearly conquered. However, considering the interconnectedness as one of the main selling points of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's a question worth asking!
Is Groot in the MCU may be heard?
I don't know why not, but Guardians of the Galaxy star James Gunn insists on this in an Instagram interview. Gunn addressed this question by saying, "Some Marvel employees seem to think it's canonically MCU." That's why he was on record as saying that it coincided with the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and the first post-credits scene of Vol. 2. That would make sense as he entered into being a teen during one of the film's roles.
The Disney+ synopses for I Am Groot's I am Back Back Groot's First Steps say it takes place following the events of Vol. 1 in the film, which includes Baby Groot waking up in his pot and dancing, and Groot's First Steps begins with him breaking out of the pot. The other shorts, including Groot's Pursuit and Magnum Opus, have to take place in the sweet spot at the end of Vol. 2, which Winderbaum described. Why? Because
If you are a fan of I Am Groot as a member of the Marvel Universe, then your choice is for you. It appears like the official line from Disney and Marvel Studios is that it is canon. This is backed up by the fact that while the series is animated, Groot and the environments are animated in the same manner and with the same realism that used in the live-action Marvel films. Make sure you include it in your MCU rewatches if you feel so embarrassd.
So, how do I connect Groot to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3?
As a result of the fact that I am Groot is no longer a toddler tree, I believe I am Groot is not a parent. So, if you count I am Groot as a member of the MCU canon, then it takes place during the first two Guardians movies (which, as a reminder, take place back-to-back in the timeline).
And then, why would you want I Am Groot in the MCU? The canon requires some charm!