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Send Groot A Text Message And He’ll Send One Right Back

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guardians of the galaxy grootHere at GFR, we sincerely hoped to ride this wave of Guardians of the Galaxy excitement until the eventual sequel comes out. And we accept any and all forms of Guardians love that Marvel and its fanbase have to give us. And if that love happens to come in the form of a Groot text message chatbot, so be it.

Created by Twilio developer Ricky Robinett, the bot is about as close as we’ll ever get to actually having a real-life Groot to talk to through via text. All you have to do is send a message to (866) 740-4531, and you’ll get the very response you were hoping for: “I am Groot.” Just in case you thought the alien’s communicative skills may have branched out when the written word was introduced, or in the wake of his global popularity.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy: Animatronic Rocket Raccoon Is The Stuff Of Nightmares

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Well, this isn’t terrifying at all. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is full to overflowing with strange, unusual, and otherwise memorable characters, but none of them connected with audiences this summer quite like Rocket Raccoon (maybe Groot, but what the hell, he’s a big, goofy, good-natured alien tree who only says three words, and he dances, how can you not love him?). On the surface he may look cute and cuddly, but, as with a real raccoon, you definitely don’t really want pick him up and give him a squeeze. That won’t end well. But fortunately you won’t want to hug this talking Japanese Rocket android, because it is straight up horrifying.

Guardians director James Gunn shared this video on his Facebook page, adding, “Animatronic Japanese Rocket answers reporter’s questions and a little bit freaks me out.” That’s one way to say it, and it is certainly more polite and political than exploding with, “holy this thing scares the crap out of me and will haunt my nightmares until the day I die.” Such a reaction may have been a bit out of line, especially considering that he and his movie are responsible for making the furry little bastard something of a global phenomenon.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Just Made Its Anime Debut In Japan

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Guardians of the GalaxyThis weekend marks one hell of a milestone for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy as the movie will, according to estimates, pass the $300 million mark both abroad and domestically (becoming the first movie to break through that barrier in the U.S. this year). But that’s not all. We won’t be getting that animated Guardians series that we thought we were going to get out of San Diego Comic-Con back in July, at least not any time soon, but have no fear, there is apparently an anime version that may help tide you over until Guardians of the Galaxy 2 drops July 28, 2017.

The unlikely group of interstellar heroes/deep space outlaws comprised of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot, just made they’re first appearance as part of a Japanese series called Marvel Disc Wars: The Avengers (which honestly only makes us want to see the Guardians team up with the Avengers even more than we already did). And we have to say, it sounds both a little insane and a little awesome.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Dave Bautista Could Have A Significant Role In Avengers 3

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Guardians of the GalaxyNow that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is officially the highest grossing movie of the year, at least for now (we’ll be surprised if The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 doesn’t usurp the throne, even with the cumbersome title), it begs the question of what’s next? We already know that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is scheduled to arrive July 28, 2017, but given the comic book studio’s penchant for mixing and matching characters in their films, much like they do in their comics, you know that these characters are going to show up other place. After all, what the hell is the point of having fantastic characters like these (outlaw, assassin, maniac, talking raccoon, talking tree) if you’re not going get some mileage out of them? And now we may know a part of what the future may hold for Dave Bautista’s Drax the Destroyer.

According to a few reports making the rounds, the big blue, literal-minded madman will have a sizeable role in Avengers 3. There is word that he is restructuring his contract with Marvel, likely due to the massive success of Guardians, and while there is no word on what his role in that particular film might be, it is referred to as “significant.”

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Lego Short Points Out One Very Obvious Plot Hole

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We all know (at least those of us who have actually seen the movie) just how much Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) loves his mix-tape in Guardians of the Galaxy. Hell, Marvel pushed the soundtrack so hard prior to the release that even if you’re one of the few who haven’t seen it (it recently topped $586 million worldwide and is the biggest domestic movie of 2014 so far), you probably still know it plays a central role in the character’s arc. Even with all of outlandish, fantastic elements in James Gunn’s film, those of us who came of age in the era of cassette tapes have one big problem when it comes to the believability when it comes to this particular item, and this new short video, rendered in LEGO no less, hits it right on the head.

If you ever spent any time at all recording songs onto cassettes off of records, the radio, other cassettes, or even CDs (I never owned a car with a CD player until eight months ago), you know one thing for certain in this world: cassettes degrade. So when Star-Lord, also known as Peter Quill, risks his life, and those of his travelling companions, in order to retrieve a beloved mix-tape—one he’s had since childhood, which we know is at least 26 years at this point—there’s no way in hell it sounds as good at it does in the movie.

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Al Pacino Loved Guardians Of The Galaxy, Would Make A Marvel Movie

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Al PacinoAl Pacino is a living legend, but recent times have seen some of the sheen come off the Academy Award-winner. Seriously, why does he rap on Jack and Jill? Actually, why the hell is he in that movie at all? Despite a lull, it’s looking like he might be in for a bit of a career renaissance, getting good reviews for his turns in indies like Manglehorn and The Humbling, both of which recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival. But could this resurgence include a stint in a Marvel movie? Pacino seems like he’s rather fond of the idea.

The Godfather star must have recently watched Guardians of the Galaxy, because he spent part of this past weekend raving about it. He said, “I just saw Guardians of the Galaxy…It was amazing. I did find it the most entertaining, inventive, beautiful film.”