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Left a subtle jab by Yondu (Michael Rooker) at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the great unanswered questions left to be resolved for the sequel is the identity of the father of Peter “Star-Lord” Quill (Chris Pratt). Of course, the character’s comic book origin offers an answer to that question, but from the sounds of it, and a new interview with director James Gunn, those of you beholden to all things comic book-y in terms of GOTG are about to be in for another surprise. That information, and whether or not the biggest bad of all in the Marvel Universe will play a significant role in the sequel, will be revealed after the jump…

According to the new back story for Star-Lord, which was used heavily, if not verbatim, by Gunn in Guardians, Quill is the son of an Earth woman named Meredith and a human-looking alien called J’son of Spartax. J’son was the inheritor of the imperial throne of Spartoi, and he crash-landed on Earth while on his way home to help his people in their battle against Ariguans. Leaving Meredith, the Earthling he fell in love with and impregnated, behind on Earth for her own protection as the war raged, J’son eventually became Emperor of Spartoi and later met his son when he was an adult and took on the identity of Star-Lord.

Okay, so know that you know all that, forget it! Here’s what Gunn had to say to Empire about Peter Quill’s old man and the ideas he’s had about the character’s identity:

“It’s definitely not the character who it is in the comics,” says Gunn, knocking Spartoi emperor J’son out of the running. “I’ll say that much… There have been a lot of documents passed around about who Peter Quill’s father is between a select two or three of us. That’s been part of the plan since the beginning, that’s something I had to work out before we shot the screenplay. We wanted to make sure Yondu’s place in everything made sense and it does, so it’s all very specific stuff.”

Hm. It would be odd for an emperor to hire a bunch of mercs like the Ravagers to be a taxi service for his son, even odder still that said emperor wouldn’t launch somekind of military over-reaction if said mercenaries held on to the kid for 20 years. So who might Star-Lord’s father turn out to be? Well, the Spartoi are related to the much more well-known Shi’ar Empire, which opens up a whole new world of possibilities. For example, wouldn’t it be interesting in Starjammers leader Corsair turned out to be Star-Lord’s father? Interesting, because in the comics Corsair is the father of X-Men Cyclops and Havok, but perhaps a retcon for the cinema is in order. That of course raises a question about who owns the movie rights to the Starjammers, Marvel or Fox? My money says Marvel, but that’s just one idea.

In other Guardians news, Gunn says that he will use Thanos (Josh Brolin) in the sequel… If he helps the story. Yes, although the Mad Titan is part of a bigger game being played through the various Marvel movies, it seems that Gunn, at least, is in no hurry to deploy him.

“He will show up if he helps our story,” says Gunn, “and he will not show up at all if not. Thanos is not the most important thing in ‘Guardians 2,’ that’s for damn sure. There’s the Guardians themselves and other threats the Guardians are going to be facing that are not Thanos.”

Wow. “Thanos is not the most important thing in ‘Guardians 2.'” I think all us nerds have been conditioned to think the oppposite, but it does speak well to the idea that the so-called “bigger picture” isn’t the be all and end all, and that Marvel’s going to let the story grow organically. Still, very interesting.

Guardians of the Galaxy is in theaters everywhere Summer 2017.

Source: Coming Soon

Category: Comics, Film

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