Guardians of the Galaxy introduced film audiences to Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, as the rare human living outside of Earth and thieving his way across the galaxy. Near the end of the film, it was revealed that he is only part human, which accounted for the reason he could hold onto the Power Infinity Stone for so long.
Guardians writer/director James Gunn has long maintained that he knows who Quill’s father was and that he wouldn’t be going with the traditional comic book version. After years of speculation, it was finally revealed that Ego the Living Planet is his father and that Kurt Russell is playing the character in Gunn’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
This, of course created, a bit of a problem since Ego is literally a giant sentient planet and Quill’s mother is just a regular human being. James Gunn has been making the press rounds and recently spoke to Complex about Ego’s abilities and a bit about the character’s motivation. Here’s what he said:
Ego is a living planet who is able to manifest himself in different ways he’s been alone for millions of years and he’s learned how to control the molecules around him in such a way as to create avatars of themselves, such as Kurt Russell. I think Ego was a very lonely character out there by himself and went off in search of love and perhaps found it in Quill’s mother.
Considering that Russell is an appropriate age to be Chris Pratt’s father, it is pretty likely that this avatar is at least partially human at a cellular level and ages normally. However, some part of him must also be cosmic in order for Peter Quill’s DNA to contain ancient, unknown genetic markers as stated in the first Guardians of the Galaxy. It also brings up the question of whether Star-Lord has any latent powers he may be unaware of, due to his heritage.
Having Ego represented as an avatar makes a lot of sense, since the comic book version of the Ego character is a planet-sized head of a bearded old man, which doesn’t translate onto the live-action big screen. It does beg the question of exactly how many avatars of Ego are there out in the universe – or whether Russell is playing the only one traveling the cosmos.
Even though Russell is playing Star-Lord’s father, Gunn has yet to confirm whether the actual planet that is Ego will make an appearance in the film or not. It seems like it would be a wasted opportunity not to, so odds are good that we’ll see it. However, it will almost certainly look very different than comic book fans are used to.