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Star-Lord's 5 Funniest (& 5 Saddest) Moments In The MCU

Peter Quill is one of the funniest characters in the MCU, but he also has some heartbreaking moments.

Star-Lord is one of the most interesting characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’s a cosmic adventurer, but he was born on Earth. He grew up without a dad and his mom died when he was really young, then he was raised by flesh-eating aliens, so he became emotionally detached as an adult. Now, he’s found a new family.

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He was initially described by critics as similar to Han Solo and Indiana Jones, but in reality, what makes Peter Quill so great is that he wants to be like Han Solo and Indiana Jones. So, here are Star-Lord’s 5 Funniest (And 5 Saddest) Moments In The MCU.

10 Funniest: “Everybody knows who’s in charge.”

Fingers crossed that we’ll be seeing Thor team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy in a future movie, because he hitched a ride with them at the end of Avengers: Endgame and that one scene was hilarious. Star-Lord felt that his leadership of the team was threatened by the God of Thunder, and they had an awkward argument over who was really in charge. Star-Lord simply wanted Thor to outright tell him that he was in charge to ease his insecurities, but instead, he kept saying vague things like, “Everybody knows who’s in charge,” that could’ve suggested that he was really in charge.

9 Saddest: Finding Out Thanos killed Gamora

A lot of Marvel fans got angry at Star-Lord for losing his cool in this moment, feeling that it made him responsible for Thanos’ destructive finger-snap. The heroes had very almost got the Infinity Gauntlet off of Thanos’ hand when Star-Lord found out he sacrificed Gamora to get the Soul Stone and started punching him. This let him escape from Mantis’ trance and grab the Gauntlet back.

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But can you really blame Quill? First of all, he found out the love of his life was killed by her own father, so he was naturally feeling pretty emotional. And secondly, even if they got the Gauntlet off, it’s not like it would’ve stayed off for long – Thanos is pretty powerful.

8 Funniest: “I don’t know how this machine works.”

One of the early scenes that established the tone of Guardians of the Galaxy as very different from other Marvel movies was when the team was locked up in the Kyln. They were all brought in for a line-up, where Rhomann Dey described them all to Denarian Saal, who then said, “What a bunch of A-holes.” When Peter Quill is brought out in front of them, he does the thing where you pretend to crank your hand as you slowly extend your middle finger. Then, he took it one step further and told them, “I’m sorry, I don’t know how this machine works.”

7 Saddest: His mother’s death

The first Guardians of the Galaxy movie revolved around Peter Quill being forced to confront his mother’s death in order to emotionally deal with it and move on. After refusing to take his mother’s hand as she died in a hospital and being abducted by aliens, Quill repressed all of his feelings, even putting off opening the last gift his mother gave him. At the end of the movie, when Quill grabs the Power Stone from Ronan, and Gamora reaches out to take his hand, he’s taken back to the moment his mother died, when he wouldn’t take her hand. This time, he reaches back.

6 Funniest: “Flash Gordon? That’s a compliment.”

The great thing about Avengers: Infinity War – and all of the MCU’s big team-ups, for that matter – is that they give us a chance to see characters that we wouldn’t normally get to see share the screen interacting with one another (Doctor Strange and Bruce Banner, Captain America and Black Panther etc.). One hysterical example of this from Infinity War was when we got to see Tony Stark and Peter Quill trade barbs before the battle with Thanos on Titan. As with everyone, Stark had a pop culture-inspired nickname for Quill: Flash Gordon. Quill snapped back, “Flash Gordon? That’s a compliment.”

5 Saddest: “Oh, man...”

Since Infinity War was initially announced as a two-part film, fans went into the first one expecting a cliffhanger ending. And many would argue that it did have a cliffhanger ending. But honestly, it does have a definitive ending – it’s just a really bleak and depressing ending. Thanos announced his insane plan to wipe out half of all life in the universe and the rules of storytelling prepared us for Earth’s mightiest heroes to thwart him at the last second. But they didn’t. The Avengers lost. Thanos’ plan succeeded, and the movie ended with an eerie apocalyptic event and most of the heroes dead. Star-Lord’s death was one of the saddest. He watched the other Guardians turned to dust, then felt himself turn to dust and simply said, “Oh, man...”

4 Funniest: Telling Gamora about the Earth legend Footloose

The MCU is often criticized for using pop culture references in place of jokes, but in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, those references are used creatively, like when Quill talks to Gamora on Knowhere about the joys of dancing. He tells her about a legend that is told on Earth, Footloose, the story of a noble hero named Kevin Bacon who brings dance into a town where dancing is illegal.

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This hilarious moment is followed by one of the movie’s sweetest moments, as Quill gives Gamora his headphones and introduces her to music via Elvin Bishop’s “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.”

3 Saddest: Pulling the trigger and shooting bubbles at Gamora

Thanos is nothing if not fair. He doesn’t needlessly kill anyone. When Quill points a blaster at him, he could easily just wipe him from existence. But the fact that Quill stood up to him makes Thanos respect him. When Thanos captures Gamora, Quill threatens to blow Thanos’ “nutsack of a chin” off his face, but then Gamora reminds him that he promised to kill her if Thanos ever got a hold of her. So, he reluctantly points the blaster at her. They say they love each other for the first time and Quill forces himself to pull the trigger. And then, Thanos uses the Reality Stone to turn the blast into bubbles. As the tragedy of the moment sets in, Thanos tells Quill, “I like you,” before disappearing through a portal with Gamora.

2 Funniest: Impersonating Thor

Avengers Infinity War - Thor and Star-Lord

When Thor joins the Guardians of the Galaxy in Avengers: Infinity War, Peter Quill feels immediately threatened. He even makes his voice deeper and puts on a British accent to impersonate Thor. He tells him, “You will not be taking our pod today, sir.” The other Guardians call him out on it instantly.

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Rocket asks, “Quill, are you making your voice deeper?,” and Drax accuses him of “imitating the god-man.” When Thor notices it and says that Quill is copying his voice and asks if he’s mocking him, Quill just fires back the same accusation: “He’s trying to copy me.”

1 Saddest: Yondu’s death

No matter how many times you watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it’s always a struggle to hold off the tears from the moment that Yondu sacrifices himself to the rolling of the end credits. From Yondu telling Quill, “I’m sorry I didn’t do none of it right; I’m damn lucky you’re my boy,” to Quill giving a eulogy that compares Yondu to David Hasselhoff and concluding, “I had a pretty cool dad,” to the Ravagers showing up to give Yondu a proper funeral, to Kraglin’s triumphant cheer as he looks out and sees the colors bursting across the vacuum of space, to a tear rolling down Rocket’s cheek, it’s a constant battle not to sob like a baby.

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