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Baby Groot the star of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ trailer

While Chris Pratt will undeniably be the star of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it’s Baby Groot that takes centre stage in the new teaser trailer for the film.

Released Saturday, the trailer starts with a visual of a giant space octopus-like creature with a fangy serpentine mouth screaming as we hear Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) say in voiceover, “the fate of the universe lies on your shoulders.”

As he continues to speak and other images flash by, such as Drax (Dave Bautista) attacking the space octoserpent, it becomes clear Rocket is explaining to a now Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) how to operate a bomb.

“Now whatever you do,” Rocket says. “Don’t press this button. Because that will set off the bomb immediately and we will all be dead.”

Baby Groot looks a little worried. When asked to repeat back what he was told, he points at the button he was told not to press and says with confidence his familiar “I am Groot.”

“No, that’s the button that will kill everyone!”

Save for a clip here and there, the trailer mainly shows glimpses of the different characters in action: Star-Lord aka Peter Quill (Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax, Rocket and, of course, Baby Groot, who despite being small can still fight with the best of them. He also runs off with the bomb.

While the trailer doesn’t offer much in the way of plot, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2014 comedy sci-fi extravaganza Guardians of the Galaxy, continues the adventures of Peter Quill, a human kidnapped by aliens as a child and raised as an intergalactic criminal.

While the first film focused on introducing the various space miscreants and forcing them into a situation where they had to work together to stop an alien warrior with universal domination on his mind, this one is said to touch on the secret of Peter Quill’s true parentage – as it has hinted his dad was not human. (If you’ve read the comics, or like reading Wikis, you already know the answer to that question.)

The first film made more than US$773 million worldwide and scored a 91% on The sequel has a high bar to meet.

Writer/Director James Gunn returns to the helm and many of the supporting actors are also back for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, such as Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker. Joining the cast this time round are Kurt Russell, Nathan Fillion and Sylvester Stallone.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theatres May 5, 2017.