Though Bradley Cooper provides the voice performance for everyone’s favorite cantankerous Raccoon, it is Sean Gunn, brother of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn, who provides the on-set performance for Rocket. Reprising his role for the highly anticipated sequel, Sean Gunn spoke with Comicbook.com about the upcoming film and what role the surly Raccoon will play.
Director Jame Gunn has stated that one of the central themes of the sequel will be family, which Sean Gunn revealed will also be reflected in Rocket’s own journey through the film.
“Oh yeah! Rocket has a lot of great stuff to do in this movie. There are a few relationships that are central to the theme of the movie and that really go towards keeping a family…and Rocket has the same sort of crisis of faith about whether or not he belongs in this family.”
With Peter Quill set to discover the identity of his long-lost father, the troubled relationship between Gamora and Nebula to be explored and Drax still seeking revenge on Thanos for the death of his family, it appears Rocket Raccoon may be feeling left out of the group without a purpose of his own.
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released in theaters on May 5, 2017.