Guardians of the Infinity 3 writer Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez has made everyone’s favorite anthropomorphic tree Puerto Rican. In the story, Groot and Thing are attacked by Plantman, who possesses Groot and turns him against Thing. The only person able to save Groot is a Puerto Rican abuela named Estela. She teaches Groot that he is a descendant of the Taino and that his ancestors reside inside of him. Groot’s Taino heritage, like many Marvel characters, borrows from real world cultural mythology.