James Gunn On Why Revealing Star-Lord’s Father Is Not A Spoiler

Ego the living planet
Credit: Marvel Comics

Among the many surprises that Marvel Studios brought to Hall H last week during San Diego Comic Con was a teaser for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and man, was it packed with surprises!

Not only did we get to meet baby Groot, but we also got the first look at Pom Klementieff as Mantis, and the identity of Star-Lord’s father (played by the one and only Kurt Russell, God bless us all) was finally revealed: Ego. Yes, Ego the Living Planet.

Ego is the result of a scientist merging with a planet when the sun of that planet went nova. As its name suggests, it holds an extreme superiority complex and is exceptionally intelligent. It also possesses vast psionic abilities and can project blasts so powerful that it can destroy other worlds. The version of Ego we saw on the teaser is not a planet: it has human form, so it’s yet to be seen if we will see it in planet form or how his abilities were adapted.

Since Kurt Russell was cast, there had been innumerable rumours about the identity of Star-Lord’s father, and surprisingly enough there were fans that were actually angry that Marvel revealed this detail about the movie at SDCC. Further proof that you just can’t please everybody.

Naturally, James Gunn took to Facebook to explain why this revelation is not a spoiler, and gave two excellent reasons:

“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.

Secondly, there are journalists online who love giving you scoops about characters and plot twists in upcoming films. Ego is such a big part of the movie, this was going to come out soon, as much as we’ve tried to hide it (when our online press day happened on set, Kurt Russell sat in a chair that read “J’son,” and all of our script pages and artwork featuring him used the same name). Frankly, I would rather be in control of the announcement myself than have it come out on SpoilersRUs.com in a few weeks”.

He went on to say that this, in no way, will diminish our enjoyment of the film and there are many more surprises waiting.

Chill, guys. Quill’s father is Ego. Kurt Russell is Ego. There will be a lot of humour in this movie, just like with the first one, and (based on what we saw in Hall H, I can tell you that) you will be surprised with Russell’s look and portrayal of Ego.

And now we keep waiting.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will come out on May 5, 2017.