This week, Disney+ and Marvel Studios released five animated shorts featuring the fan-favorite character, Baby Groot.
Throughout these shorts we watch as Baby Groot goes on adventures in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whether he is walking for the first time or building a fort, Baby Groot can make the best out of any situation.
In the episode entitled ‘Magnum Opus’, Baby Groot is gathering materials to make a family portrait for the Guardians of the Galaxy. Some items include a bar of soap, Rocket’s fur, but most notably a Marvel comic book.
The comic book was a newsstand edition of ALF issue 4 published by Marvel in June of 1988. Some may look at this and say, “Oh a Marvel comic book in a Marvel show.” However, it goes a little deeper than that.
This very comic book was written by Michael Gallagher. Gallagher is most known for his work at Mad Magazine and Sonic the Hedgehog, but he also did a three-year run for Guardians of the Galaxy.
With Baby Groot being part of the Guardians of the Galaxy, this had to be an easter egg for Gallagher. Making him apart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a creative way.
You can stream all five of the ‘I Am Groot‘ shorts starring Vin Deisel as Baby Groot on Disney+.