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By the end of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy there is one big question that looms over everything: who is Peter Quill’s father? The movie itself offers up a few hints and pieces of evidence towards the end, but also leaves the matter unresolved. It’s pretty clearly a set up for the announced Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in 2017, but we’re far too impatient to wait three years for the issue to resolve itself. You know what that means: it’s speculation time!
Sorting through the information available in Guardians of the Galaxy of course, the history of Guardians of the Galaxy comics, we’ve determined three different characters who could potentially wind up being Star-Lord’s dad. Long-time fans may think they already know what the answer is, but let's not forget that Marvel Studios isn't always married to the comics). So who are our guesses? Read on to find out!
The Solid Bet - J'Son of SpartaxWho is he?: This takes a bit of fun out of the game, but J’Son of Spartax (a.k.a. Jason of Sparta) is Peter Quill’s father from Marvel Comics. Born on the planet Spartoi, he is actually a member of royalty, and eventually becomes the leader of the entire Spartoi Empire. He is well-trained in many fields, but is particularly skilled as a pilot. It was during an intergalactic war that he crash landed on Earth, met and fell in love with Meredith Quill, and produced a son, Peter.
Why could he be Star-Lord’s dad?: Actually being Star-Lord’s dad in the comics obviously gives him a leg up against any and all competition – hence the "solid bet" moniker. He also has the "ancient alien" qualities that fit into the very loose genetic description provided by Nova Prime, which makes him a believable candidate. Let’s also not ignore the fact that the Guardians of the Galaxy leader’s full name happens to be Peter Jason Quill, suggesting that he was partially named after his dad.
Why couldn’t he be Star-Lord’s dad?: Whether or not J’Son winds up being Star-Lord’s father in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 really just depends on the direction that James Gunn and Marvel Studios are looking in. If it makes sense story-wise to introduce Spartax into the mix, that’s totally possible – but don’t discount the possibility that they might try to change up comic book canon for the better. Hence, there are some other options floating out there…