When it was released last summer, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy filled us with a lot of emotions. Certainly chief among them was exhilaration, as the movie is incredibly action-packed and fun, but audiences also got doses of empathy/heartbreak (especially during the sequences with Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill and his mother), and even a bit of perplexity. In addition to wanting to know what happens to the wonderful group as a whole, the film also sets up an interesting mystery, making us wonder about the identity of Star-Lord’s father.

As we’ve been doing with movies ranging from Donnie Darko to American Psycho, we’ve now decided to turn the attention of our "Ending Analysis" series to Marvel Studios’ great space adventure. Who is Star-Lord’s father? We’re going to break it down.

Guardians of the Galaxy
What Happens At The End Of The Film
On the surface, Guardians of the Galaxy’s ending is honestly and awesomely about the power of friendship being able to defeat evil… but that’s undercut just slightly by a big reveal in the film’s final minutes.

After defeating Ronan The Accuser (Lee Pace) by teaming up to control and utilize the Power Stone, the members of the Guardians of the Galaxy team return to Nova Headquarters on Xandar – and are greeted with some interesting news. As Corpsman Dey (John C. Reilly) explains, when Peter was first arrested earlier in the movie, an anomaly was discovered in the hero’s nervous system, and when that anomaly was investigated, it was discovered that Peter isn’t actually entirely human. Instead, he is only "half-Terran," with his mother providing his human genes, and his dad’s side adding something special to the mix. It’s unclear what species Peter’s father is, but Nova Prime (Glenn Close), describes him as, "something very ancient we’ve never seen before." Very intriguing indeed – though unfortunately also incredibly vague.

Gamora (Zoe Saldana) puts the puzzle pieces together that it was Peter’s abnormally advanced DNA that was what allowed him to handle the Power Stone (in addition to the help of his buddies), but sadly that’s where the information trail ends. It’s at that time that Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), and the re-growing Groot (Vin Diesel) enter the room, and the five teammates get into the restored Milano to fly off to new adventures. As he sits in the driver’s seat, Peter promises a trip that’s both a bit of bad and a bit of good – but presumably also a bit of finding out who his dad is.

In retrospect, it is a bit weird how quickly Star-Lord moves on from the bombshell news that he’s not entirely human, and is interestingly more blown away by his mother’s note and "Awesome Mix Vol. 2." That being said, the whole situation with the character’s mysterious parentage is clearly being set up as something that will be a part of the story in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Before we jump ahead to that, let's look back at clues in this movie on the next page.

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