Bill Skarsgård’s iteration of the It villain Pennywise seeks to lure the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Baby Groot in Halloween-themed crossover art.
New fan art depicts It‘s evil clown Pennywise going after Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Baby Groot just in time for Halloween. Stephen King’s novel It has been adapted twice for the screen, most recently in a two-part film series that started in 2017 with Andy Muschietti’s movie of the same name. Starring Bill Skarsgård as the terrifying clown, It jumped right into the action with a shocking scene in which young Georgie Denbrough, played by Jackson Robert Scott, loses his paper boat in the sewer during a rainstorm. While trying to retrieve it, he is discovered by Pennywise, who tries to lure the little boy down into the depths with the promise of his boat, and then bites his arm off before dragging him into the sewer.
Joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2014 with Guardians of the Galaxy, the character of Groot was a gentle giant who sacrificed himself to save his friends. However, the end-credits scene of that movie revealed that he had been reborn as Baby Groot, a different character created from one of Groot’s twigs. 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 featured the adorable character front and center, and though he had already aged into teen Groot by Avengers: Infinity War, Baby Groot returned in August 2022 as the protagonist of a Disney+ series of shorts, called I Am Groot. Though Baby Groot and Georgie have little in common beyond being children, their sweet and trusting natures makes both characters the perfect target for Pennywise, which is explored in a new piece of crossover art.
Digital creator 83 Pixel Studios posted the spooky fan art depicting Pennywise’s meeting with Groot via Instagram. The picture shows the clown leaning down, paper boat in hand, holding the red balloon that functions as a hallmark of Pennywise’s arrival in the It films. Though Baby Groot has displayed naïveté in the MCU, he is ferocious when provoked and has a fearless streak that would make him a tough match for Pennywise.
What’s Next For Groot In The MCU
Though this Halloween crossover would be perfect for a seasonal Baby Groot short, Pennywise and Baby Groot exist in two different worlds that aren’t likely to mesh well if they were put together. However, fans of the character can look forward to seeing Groot, now aged up, return in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. The recently released trailer for the special sees Groot, much bigger but still nowhere near his former stature, celebrating Christmas on Earth with the other Guardians. The seasonal treat will stream on Disney+, offering viewers a glimpse of what the Guardians have been up to before their trilogy finisher, next year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
As an off-shoot of the original Groot who may or may not recall some of his past life, Baby Groot has been through a lot since his MCU debut in Guardians of the Galaxy. From cruel treatment at the hands of the Ravagers to being dusted by Thanos, Groot has faced a number of formidable opponents. While none of them are as terrifying as It‘s Pennywise, the little sapling could perhaps put up quite the fight against the clown. Thankfully, there is some happiness in Groot’s future instead. After so much upheaval in his young life, it’s fitting that he’ll enjoy some festive fun in the upcoming holiday special before he faces the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s High Evolutionary.
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