Last night, during the Hall H presentation for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, fans not only got to see about a five-minute long scene from the film, but also a montage/trailer teasing the new film. At the end of that trailer as well, Kurt Russell’s mysterious character was finally revealed to be Star-Lord’s father, Ego the Living Planet, a character so crazy and weird in the comics, that only the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy could pull it off.
The reveal was surprising to say the least, since it had been rumored that Ego would be in the movie, but no one had even thought for a second that he’d be Star-Lord’s dad, especially since he’s, you know… a living planet.
Director James Gunn took to Facebook following the presentation to try and get a jump on the news train as well, and shared some of the reasons behind the choice of Ego as Star-Lord’s father in the film:
This is the biggie, I guess. And, yes, as many people guessed, or assumed, Kurt Russell is playing Peter Quill’s father. And Peter Quill’s father is (as almost no one has guessed)…
Known in the comics as Ego the Living Planet.
Yeah, his dad is a planet. 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.
At his point, after the first Guardians, I’ll basically accept anything that James Gunn wants to do with this property right now, no matter how crazy and ridiculous it may sound. From the small piece of footage that we saw with Ego at the end of the trailer, it seems like he’ll not only be happy to reunite with his son again, but that he’s a force of nature in a way, carrying himself more like a god than an actual human being. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this unexpected and interesting direction ends up playing out.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is set to hit theatres on May 5th, 2017.
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