James Gunn Says the Identity of Star Lord’s Father Isn’t Really a Spoiler

By July 29, 2016
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Marvel made a big splash at San Diego Comic-Con with their jam-packed panel in Hall H, but one of the biggest reveals came from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 footage, where we discovered the identity of Star Lord’s father (which we may or may not have predicted months before the casting). In the pages of Marvel comic books, Peter Quill was fathered by a Spartan known as J’son, but director James Gunn had previously revealed that he would be taking an alternate route for the cinematic version of the story.

Veteran actor Kurt Russell had long been rumored for the part of Quill’s father, but up until last week, we still didn’t know the identity of the character. But after Marvel’s huge presentation in Hall H, we can now confirm that Peter Quill was fathered by Ego, the Living Planet – and according to Gunn, this isn’t a spoiler.

The directer recently took to Facebook to address the backlash he’s received for revealing Ego nearly a year before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters:

“There have been a minority of folks who have questioned, and even been angry, that I and Marvel would reveal something so major months before the film comes out. I get it. If we lived in a perfect world, I wouldn’t tell you ANYTHING before you walked in to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I wouldn’t tell you Groot was now Baby Groot, I wouldn’t tell you Mantis was in the movie, I wouldn’t say that Ayesha and Taserface are our antagonists, that Yondu and Nebula have incredibly important roles in the film, nor would I tell you that Quill’s father is Ego the Living Planet.

However, the world is imperfect. Firstly, we have to advertise our film. And it will be impossible to show you very much of Vol. 2 since Ego is very much a part of all of it. We just don’t have a way around it.

That said, knowing who Quill’s father is will not diminish your enjoyment of the film in any way. The story is not built to be a shocking twist in the same way Luke’s father was Darth, Soylent Green was people, Rosebud was a sled, or that that pretty woman from Crying Game had a penis (I guess I should have said spoilers before all that). Ego [is] the emotional center of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 from the beginning to the end, and is not a twist. And believe me – there are many, many more surprises we still have in store for you from Vol. 2 – hopefully the biggest of which is how much you’ll love the movie itself. Because, to me, that’s the only twist that matters.”

This makes a lot of sense to me. If Ego had only showed up for a brief cameo, then it could have probably been kept under wraps – but if he’s truly a major part of the plot, then trying to keep his identity a secret would just be an exercise in futility. Other studios have tried a similar tactic, and failed miserably (see Star Trek Into Darkness and Spectre), so it’s better to get the information out there early and put an end to the speculation.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 5, 2017.

Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins

Contributing Writer at GeekNation
Brent Hankins is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle and co-host of the Drinks and Discourse podcast. He's also the proud owner of an Italian Greyhound named Sullivan. He's adorable (the dog, not the author).