Forget Star-Lord. Baby Groot, who? The real star of Guardians of the Galaxy is Sean Gunn, and it is about time we gave him his day in the sun to really shine. Thankfully, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 does just that.

In case you don’t know off the top of your head, Gunn actually plays two characters in the film. You’ll see him in the flesh as Kraglin, one of Yondu’s most trusted Ravagers (and this time, he’s got a much bigger role, but #NoSpoilers). What you don’t see is that he also pulls double duty as Rocket Raccoon. The cast needs a stand-in for the Bradley Cooper-voiced trash panda, and that’s where Gunn steps in.

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Now ask Gunn’s co-stars, and they are actually the MOST thankful to have him around. They can do nothing but sing his praise, and Gamora herself, Zoe Saldana, couldn’t help but interject just how important Gunn is to the movie.

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Gunn not only serves as the stand-in, but he’s also the main reference when it comes to creating Rocket later on in post-production. It’s clear that without Sean, there would be no Rocket (even if we still had Cooper’s voice).

This is then where Marvel CEO, Kevin Feige pops in, “I’m happy to talk about how great Sean Gunn is, all day long.” And then, Feige drops the tiniest of breadcrumbs as to what’s coming next:

Sounds like this is just the only beginning of Sean Gunn’s time in the Marvel spotlight. Somewhere out there, our beloved Kirk is beaming ear to ear and just so gosh darn PROUD.