‘Guardians of the Galaxy': Chris Pratt Offers Details on Star Lord’s Background

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Meet The Guardians of the Galaxy Guardians of the Galaxy: Chris Pratt Offers Details on Star Lords Background

At the moment, Marvel Studios is placing all its marketing muscle behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier and with good reason. The sequel is expected to be a game-changer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, serving as a bridge directly leading to next summer’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, in between those two films, Marvel will face their riskiest endeavor yet with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy.

That film will prove the box office mettle of budding star Chris Pratt and attempt to sell casual moviegoers on a ragtag group of heroes that includes a gun-toting raccoon. No easy task, but according to Marvel studio head Kevin Feige, Guardians features a “somber” and “shockingly emotional” story that manages to make the cosmic tale feel a bit more grounded.

Now Pratt – in early Guardians press notes (via Comic Book Movie) – gives us a closer look at his character’s back-story, lending some hints at Peter Quill’s emotional journey in the film. Here’s what he had to say:

“He’s very much a kid at heart. He’s never known his father. He’s sucked away into space just as his mother dies and is raised by a blue-skinned humanoid. He has spent all his life being told to toughen up and has a false sense of bravado as a result. But deep down he is lonely, and while he’s a guy traveling in space getting to do whatever he wants, he misses his family, his community, and through the course of the story, he learns to care again and that there’s more to life than just taking and doing exactly what you want.”

Chris Pratt Star Lord Concept Art Guardians of the Galaxy Guardians of the Galaxy: Chris Pratt Offers Details on Star Lords Background

Marvel fans that caught the first Guardians trailer are no doubt well acquainted with Star Lord’s playful antics, as well as the sense of entitlement that has led to the creation of his alias in the first place. It’s a fair guess that his trusty Walkman – the loss of which pushes him to an angry outburst – has ties back to Quill’s childhood and the family he once knew. Furthermore, it looks like Guardians – much like fellow Marvel title Fantastic Four – will be all about family.

Case in point, Michael Rooker – who plays the aforementioned blue humanoid, Yondu – commented on the role his character plays in the film.

“It’s a beautiful story, a great uplifting story, and I found the relationship between Quill and Yondu intriguing. He went to pick him up from Earth, and for some reason, he decided not to take him where he was meant to go and raised him himself. He made a connection with him, and Yondu now enjoys the fact that Quill has the courage to do his own thing.”

Rooker has also previously said that he looks forward to potential Guardians sequels, likely in part to see how the pseudo-father/son relationship between his and Pratt’s characters develop. Rumors are already swirling that Marvel has a Guardians follow-up in the cards, though the studio is almost certainly waiting to see how the first film performs before green-lighting a second one.

Do you think the details about Peter Quill’s back-story make Guardians of the Galaxy sound like as interesting a movie-going experience as fans are hoping for? Sound off in the comments section with your thoughts.


Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters on August 1st, 2014.

Source: Marvel (via Comic Book Movie)

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  1. I think this will be the surprise big hit of the summer. I love the comics and the trailer was fantastic… Marvel entertains on the big screen and DC on the small screen…Animation that is, Arrow sucks a big one… Agents of Shield is actually getting better. I hope Sky dies a horrible death!

    • While you are entitled to your opinion, saying that “Arrow sucks a big one” is pretty much going to ensure that the majority of people on this site will assume you don’t know what you are talking about.

      • Oh I think I do… Let’s see rich boy stuck on island learns bow and arrow and how to fight non realistically, gets back to city to punish those that failed the city wearing stupid Robin Hood costume, no super powers…. Yeah just shoot him with a gun and call it a day. It’s just not my cup of tea I guess…lol.. Enjoy though garbage like this stays on tv while shows like Firefly get cancelled…

        • So you just dislike the Green Arrow character in general.

          • I am going to go out a limb and say he does. LOL.

            And I guess by that description dislikes Batman, Huntress, Question, Spirit, Red Bee, Robin, Nightwing and several dozen others. 😮

            • Actually I do collect Green Arrow up until last year…

        • Did you just say non-realistically for a comic book anything? Movie fighting for the most part is “non-realistic” HUGE telegraphed movements and ineffective strikes that should debilitate a person. Arrow is a good show and if you knew anything about the comic; that is what the character’s origins are. Wait orphaned rich kid grows up to be a bat themed vigilante WITH NO SUPER POWERS? Boy bit by radioactive spider and gains it’s powers? Man dosed by Gamma radiation and now becomes a big green rage monster? Seeing how it has a second season and a larger following it already beat Firefly. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is GETTING better. I’ve been watching it from the beginning and it wasn’t until the T.R.A.C.K. episode they got on well…track!

        • “Cruzcontrol” You are obviously sucking ONLY Marvels big one because While I am a HUGE Marvel fan I can admit when they make garbage and AoS is a steamy pile of hot garbage!! Arrow is FAR superior to that failed attempt at pretending to be a TV show, While it has gotten better in the last few weeks it has light years to go to even come close to comparing with Arrow.

          I love me some Marvel but DC hit it out of the park with Arrow and personally I look forward to it every week! SR is full of fanboys and girls and MOST of us are just that, fans, but some ppl on here are either DC or Marvel! While that is all fine and dandy they are missing a whole other world and that is quite sad! Each (DC/Marvel) has something to offer and to narrow your mind to just one or the other simply shows how ignorant some ppl are!
          Opinions are like a**holes everybody has one and most stink to everyone but themselves! IT IS MY OPINION that to even compare Arrow to AoS is completely ridicules and absolutely small minded, OPEN your mind dude because you are missing out on all things that are not Marvel… it is so much more fun to be a fan of all comic book characters than to limit yourself to just one Co.

    • Finally. I was getting tired of being the only person on this site that doesn’t like Arrow.

      • Your not the only one. In my field of work it’s nothing but nerds and none of us like Arrow, but our 7-12yr old kids do… Probably because they are 7-12 yrs old…lol. I’ll admit season2 is way better than 1, but you can’t polish a turd…

        • Arrow is a great show! Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Is terrible by comparison. Of course everyone has their own opinions, but I for one really like Arrow. The Flash show may be even better!

        • HAHAHAHAHA in you ambiguous field of work huh?

          • Yes my ambiguous field of work in MD… Figure it out smart guy…

        • They are smarter than me, but unfortunately have bad taste in TV… I mean they watch Pokemon for Christ’s sake!

        • Sounds like a contradiction to me. Season 2 is way better than season 1 but still a turd? Yeah contradiction.

        • No, but you can lacquer it.

    • At least arrow is the only tv show that compares closely to the comics more than shield. Yes umm u can shoot all them to w a gun theyre not superheros. Arrow is the same to hawkeye basically marvel is movies dc is tv shows and animation

      • Yeah and Hawkeye is soooo awesome…. Give me a break, lame is just lame…

  2. This movie may be good, but it also has the potential to implode and stink. Hope no one makes plans for a sequel until we see how the first one does.

  3. Everytime i read sumthin on this movie i get intrigued more an more.. i saw the article they had on here about the gotg easter eggs in the mid credits of Thor the Dark World and they hint at Warlock I’m hopin they touch up on that a lil more in the film…

  4. This movie sounds fun. I think at worse it will be a fun popcorn movie. At best it could be a space opera the likes of which we have not seen in awhile.

  5. I so Hyped up for this Movie….

  6. What Pratt and Rooker said made me extremely relieved. I know this film will be great in it’s own right, but I’m a huge fan of the Guardians and being critical is in my nature.
    There are a ton of elements that I’m hoping are in this (Knowhere, Cosmo, honorable mentions to the original team etc.) But just the fact that this is happening at all is enough for me!
    I’m a suckered for Rocket&Groot, and Star-Lord’s my guy! And I’ve always wanted to see Pratt in a CBM so I honestly can’t wait for this. Man I wish they had their signature blue uniforms though!

    • The uniforms from the shot of them walking are the Spartoi Empire ones, I think. As for the Blue uniforms those may come into play. I think that photo is from near the end of the movie.

  7. I’m so excited about this movie, every aspects of it, except for Dave Bautista a.k.a. Batista.

    • He may be the Dark horse in that cast

    • Nice grab sakthu! You can see some of the “motion?” of Quicksilver to the side too. Very cool.

      • Oh ya man

  8. Wow! When I saw Yondu’s name as an associate in the first trailer, I thought he and Quill met up when he was an adult! But somehow it makes more sense now, seeing that Yondu was part of the original Guardians.
    But this is interesting nonetheless!
    Is Michael Rooker signed up for multiple Marvel films?

  9. Show thanos please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Interesting how they specifically mention he doesn’t know his father. The Star-Lord of the comics didn’t know his father until he was already an establish space adventurer. His father being the King of an alien planet, he also discovered he was a prince. That was a great issue with a lot of classic ’70s space opera elements.

  11. Lol. No need to sell me, the trailer did it’s work. 😀

  12. so excited. They are going to nail this

  13. I’m going to wait to see more because honestly I’m not sold on a cgi racoon with a gun and a talking tree that says his name. Also the paint jobs on gamorra and drax look rather unflatering but perhaps future trailers may highlight the makeups.

    So he’s essentially got peter pan syndrom as he’s never grown up? Since the trailer I’ve read a bit of the 2008 gotg and marvel now and I’m still on the fence on them. There is a lot of scfi and action films being released this summer so Idk if gotg can be sold to everyday audiences with the marvel name alone.

    Well about 5 months to see if I’m sold.

  14. I’m so excited for this movie, and Chris Pratt is awesome.

  15. Just back from seeing Guardians at cinema. Amazing film and I am convinced Odin is Peter Quills father!

    • He’s not. Haha.