Guardians of the Galaxy 2 isn’t hitting theaters until 2017, but that hasn’t kept fans from speculating about what — and who — we can expect to see in the sequel. Per his last update, James Gunn was working on completing the script based on his finished outline, and he had also previously hinted that this is a film about fathers. Gunn is doubling down on the dad stuff in his latest interview, while revealing a little bit more of what we can expect from Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

In a quick interview with Collider at the 41st annual Saturn Awards, Gunn spoke about his upcoming film The Belko Experiment (which he wrote and is producing) and its excellent cast, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy 2 — obviously. When asked about the upcoming sequel, Gunn said, “it’s going to be exciting,” and added that “we get to learn a lot about fathers in this movie.” As for the tone, the director shared the following:

I think it’s a more emotional movie. It’s both a bigger movie and a smaller movie because we focus more intensely on some of the characters.

More character building is never a bad thing, but how do you get more emotional than “We are Groot”?! Prepare your tear ducts now, I guess.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017.