Comic-Con 2016 | Who is Star-Lord’s Father in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?’
Ever since the first Guardians of the Galaxy, fans have been left with one burning question: who is Peter Quill’s father? The roguish antihero, played by Chris Pratt, never found out the answer but audiences learned that his parentage was highly unusual. Speculation abounded that the character might be such well-known Marvel characters as Adam Warlock, Starhawk, The Beyonder and even The Collector, but all of those popular fan theories turned out to be false.
Because we just learned at Comic-Con 2016 that Star-Lord’s father is actually… Ego, the Living Planet.
Yeah, that one came out of left field. Or out of the left side of the galaxy, anyway.
In the comics, Ego the Living Planet was one of the stranger creations of frequent collaborators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. He’s a planet with a personality of its own, and a face for that matter. Over the year’s he’s been a force for good and a force of destruction, often absorbing other planets to make himself stronger. Multiple storylines have involved Ego the Living Planet being driven mad for one reason or another. Also, Ego the Living Planet has a brother called “Alter-Ego,” but come on, that part’s just silly.
Ego the Living Planet will be played by Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and writer/director James Gunn had a lot of thoughtful things to say about this unexpected development on his Facebook page.
“Yeah, his dad is a planet,” James Gunn writes. “Sort of. It will all be explained in the film.”
“But to me, this is the absolute center of Vol. 2, and one of the reasons I’ve been so excited about it. When Marvel first approached me with the first movie, I thought, ‘Wait a second? A talking raccoon? Isn’t that a rather ridiculous idea to base a movie around?'”
“It was then that I took a step back and asked myself: Okay, if a raccoon could talk, and shoot a machine gun, how could that be? And answering that question ended up being the entire foundation of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1. There was a sadness in the answer. Rocket was an animal experimented upon, torn apart and put back together, without compassion. He was the only being of his type, had never known any hint of kindness, and was utterly and completely alone until he met his fellow Guardians. And, one of them in particular – Groot – thought it was worth sacrificing his life for his sake. This melancholy and beautiful undercurrent helped to ground the character for me. He had far more in common with Frankenstein’s monster than he did Bugs Bunny. And I related to him, greatly, and I hoped other folks who felt like outsiders would as well.”
“Ego seemed, in many ways, like an even more ridiculous character. But I asked myself, if a planet was alive, how could that be? And how could it father a child?”
“The answers to those questions took me to a far deeper place that I expected. I don’t want to give away too many answers at this time. But what Nova Prime said about Peter’s father at the end of Vol. 1 is certainly true – he is something ancient and unknown. And, as we will discover, being a cosmic being, alone for eons, is perhaps even more lonely than being the universe’s sole talking raccoon.”
“I can’t wait for you guys to see Kurt Russell bring this character to life onscreen. It has been a rapturous experience creating Ego with him. We have both pushed ourselves as far as we can go in making him real, and grounded, and emotionally centered.”
James Gunn went on to promise “countless more surprises” to fans of the first film, some of whom may be surprised that after all that build-up, Peter Quill’s father would be revealed nearly a year before the film’s release date on May 5, 2017.
The very bizarre revelation is perhaps to be expected from James Gunn, whose odd ideas have usually blossomed into memorable – and in the case of Guardians of the Galaxy, very lucrative – motion pictures. I can’t wait to see how this pans out. What about you?
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