The question of who Star-Lord’s father actually is dropped as a key story point at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, but was left to be answered in the now-forthcoming sequel. But if fans thought they were going to have to wait until the film was released to learn the truth, they were mistaken: As part of Marvel’s news-filled presentation at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, the new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer dropped and revealed the unexpected character’s identity – and who is portraying him.
As played out in the trailer: Kurt Russell will portray Ego: The Living Planet, and the character has been confirmed as having fathered Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) in writer/director James Gunn’s (and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s) version of the Guardians of the Galaxy mythology.
Traditionally portrayed as a (literal) planet whose topographical features form a human face, Ego is a cosmic being from deep space who frequently serves as both a villain, mentor and morally-ambiguous figure in the vast Marvel cosmology. Apart from fathering the franchise’s hero (somehow), Ego’s form and function in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is unknown – although one of his lines in the trailer (not yet online) is said to have been: “Yes, Drax, I do have a penis.”
You can check out the newly-released logo for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (which debuted during the Marvel SDCC panel), below.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019;Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.