Marvel fans have been waiting since the James Gunn news was first announced to find out how his brother Sean Gunn feels about the whole thing. Today, the longtime brother, friend and co-star took to social media to update fans on where he's at. What came out was a long and poignant statement about growing up, changing and finding redemption. You can see his quote in its entirety below...

It goes without saying that I love and support my brother James and I’m quite proud of how kind, generous, and compassionate he is with all the people in his life. Since he was a kid, it was clear he had a desire (maybe destiny) to be an artist, tell stories, find his voice through comics, films, his band. The struggle to find that voice was sometimes clunky, misguided, or downright stupid, and sometimes wonderful, moving, and hilarious. Since devoting his entire life to the Guardians movies and MCU six years ago, I’ve seen him channel that voice into his work and seen him transform from the guy who made up things to shock people. I saw firsthand as he went from worrying about “softening his edge” for a larger audience to realizing that this “edge” wasn’t as useful of a tool as he thought it was. That his gift for storytelling was something better. I saw that he was more open-hearted than the guy who thought he needed to get a rise out of people by making nasty or offensive jokes (or whatever you choose to call them—I don’t think his bluer material was ever his funniest and neither does Mom). And the best part is, this change in my brother was reflected in the change that the Guardians go through. I’ve heard my brother say many times that when Quill rallies the team with “this is our chance to give a shit”—to care—that it’s the pep talk he himself needed to hear. It’s part of what made working on the Guardians movies such a rewarding experience for the cast. We managed to find ourselves involved in a big-budget superhero movie that was, at its core, deeply personal. That’s a gift. And that’s why it’s good. This isn’t new information, by the way. It’s all stuff that James has explained many times in interviews, in more detail and more eloquently. It’s not some new spin. It’s always been part of this story. So I guess my hope is that fans continue to watch and appreciate the Guardians movies, not despite the fact that the filmmaker used to be kind of a jackass, but because of it. They are, after all, movies about discovering your best self. Working on those movies made my brother a better person, and they made me one too. I’ll always be proud of that. Peace.

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Fans have also been waiting to hear from Michael Rooker. The actor has made numerous movies with Gunn, and many expected him to be first out of the gate with a statement. That hasn't happened, but the official Twitter managed on his behalf did release something earlier today. You can check that out below...

That is basically what we expected to hear. There's no doubt that Michael Rooker and James Gunn have been in contact with each other following the shocking dismissal from Disney and the Guardians of the Galaxy series. But it's also heartwarming to see James' brother take to social media, officially, and defend his brother against what seems to be a complicated firing between a filmmaker and a studio who had worked well together before, for years.

The question still remains -- will Sean Gunn return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe now that his brother no longer is involved. We don't know that the MCU needs Kraglin, the human character played by Sean Gunn. But it definitely needs Rocket Raccoon, and while Bradley Cooper lends his voice to the angry animal, the character's motion capture belongs to Gunn, and I'm not sure he's going to want to keep contributing to a franchise that just fired his brother.

At the moment, Sean Gunn's character, Rocket, survived the Thanos snap, so he's definitely expected to be back for Avengers 4. But he likely filmed all of the footage that Marvel Studios needs for them to complete Avengers 4, so it becomes a bigger question of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. As of right now, that sequel is due in theaters in 2020, but outside of that, there are a lot of questions that need answers about the future of this franchise, so stay tuned.

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