Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is likely going to end up being one of my favorite films of the year when 2014 comes to a close. We have a ton of coverage of the movie here on the site (find it all here), but one of the things we haven’t really mentioned in detail is the mystery of Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) father. Star-Lord’s dad comes up in conversation only a couple of times throughout the movie, and there’s a big reveal at the end where he finds out he’s not completely human, but the film leaves his father’s identity as one of the few open-ended questions that lead the team into the upcoming second film.
In the comics, Quill’s father is J’son of Spartax, the Emperor of a far-off race of aliens and a guy with a fairly complex backstory. (Check it out here if you want the full details.) But it looks like that won’t be the case in the upcoming Guardians 2, though: Empire scored an interview with writer/director James Gunn, and here’s what he had to say about Quill’s father:
There have been a lot of documents passed around about who Peter Quill’s father is between a select two or three of us. That’s been part of the plan since the beginning, that’s something I had to work out before we shot the screenplay. We wanted to make sure Yondu’s place in everything made sense and it does, so it’s all very specific stuff…It’s definitely not the character who it is in the comics, I’ll say that much.
This is interesting for a number of reasons. One, it indicates that maybe Marvel isn’t ready to get into the minutiae of the full reaches of the cosmic universe quite yet. It also blatantly says that they’re changing the canon from what happened in the comics, which is always something that fanboys get worked up about (remember The Mandarin in Iron Man 3?). And finally, this might mean – and this is just speculation, mind you – but it might mean that Quill’s father is someone we’ve already seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Is Odin his father? Is it Tony Stark? There are a lot of daddy issues in the MCU already, and tying Quill in to be the brother or son of a character we already know would be yet another way to weave the universe together.
But I really hope that Gunn doesn’t go in that direction. If it were to happen, it would reek of the “everything is connected” mumbo jumbo that has infected our blockbuster culture in films from The Amazing Spider-Man to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In movies like that, the universe feels like a small place because some guy from the hero’s childhood comes back to be the ultimate villain, or they’re somehow destined to become who they are, or their blood is somehow the secret key to everything. Here’s hoping he can come up with something more interesting than just “see, it’s all connected!”
By now, you probably know that I have a beef with Thanos. Will we see him finally do something evil and badass in Guardians of the Galaxy 2? Here’s Gunn again:
[Thanos] will show up [in the sequel] if he helps our story and he will not show up at all if not. Thanos is not the most important thing in Guardians 2, that’s for damn sure. There’s the Guardians themselves and other threats the Guardians are going to be facing that are not Thanos…I think Thanos has been lonely for a long time. He can handle it. He’s used to his loneliness. He’s got some other kids out there. He’s got to look after them. Nebula’s probably the sweetest of them, which tells you what his kids are like…
Hey, wait a minute…if Thanos has other kids out there…maybe Star-Lord is Thanos’ son? GOTG is already reminiscent of Star Wars, but what if the second movie jacks the most famous reveal in sci-fi history: that the hero is actually the villain’s son? Mind = blown.
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