While certainly not the main story told in Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill’s parentage was a lingering question throughout. His ability to hold an Infinity Stone and not die coupled with references to his angel of a father began to plant the seeds for his next adventure. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will largely deal with Star-Lord and the rest of his team looking for the hero’s estranged father.
Rumors and speculation pointed to various Marvel comics characters potentially being Star-Lord’s dad in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but hardly anyone guessed correctly that it would be Ego the Living Planet. The shapeshifting, living, and talking planet will be portrayed by Kurt Russell in the sequel, but those not in attendance at San Diego Comic-Con last year have not had a chance to check out his appearance. This all changed with a toy design giving the best look yet at Ego’s humanoid form, but still his involvement in the film’s plot remains a mystery.
It now appears as though father Ego and son Star-Lord won’t see eye to eye, and may even be on opposite sides in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel. CBM uncovered the description for the aforementioned figure and it reveals some new insight into the characters’ relationship. While the description certainly draws comparisons between the two thanks to their personalities, the way that each thinks is best to take to protect the galaxy could put the reunited family members at odds. The description reads as follows:
Roguish and unpredictable, Ego and Star-Lord share many of the same qualities as father and son. But when it comes to defending the galaxy as each sees fit, their approaches unquestionably differ.
With Ego being completely absent from the marketing to this point, it is difficult to determine what exactly his role will be, and if a potentially antagonistic relationship between him and the Guardians could emerge. So far, Elizabeth Debicki’s Ayesha and her Sovereign race have been sold as the primary villains in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie sequel, along with a new faction of Ravagers. With that in mind, a villainous turn for Ego could be an interesting development for the story.
Not only would Ego being a villain completely change the approach that audiences would expect from the character, but it would also seemingly shatter any chance Star-Lord has at having a working relationship with his father. This would certainly add a new layer to the typical hero vs villain story too, and give audiences and the characters reason to hope that Ego isn’t as bad as he at first appears in the MCU. That said, a potentially-wrecked relationship with his father could ultimately help drive Star-Lord back to Earth, just in time for Avengers: Infinity War.
Either way, the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise continues to be one that heavily revolves around the idea of family and what it means to be a part of one. Whether that is shown by Gamora and Nebula standing side by side eventually, Groot sacrificing himself for the rest of the team, or potentially Star-Lord realizing that the Guardians are his real family and Ego never will be, the sequel should continue to play off of the family story moving forward – even if Ego isn’t a bad guy after all.