Well, that didn’t last long. Earlier today, a rumor made the rounds about one of the great mysteries left dangling at the end of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, just who is Peter Quill/Star-Lord’s father? The answer to this question will reportedly be at the center of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and fans are dying to find out. Writer and director James Gunn, who is in a position to know better about this than any of us, chimed in to clarify the situation, and as it turns out, according to him, the report is very much not correct.

The original report claimed that no less than four sources confirmed that Star-Lord’s father is in fact Mar-Vell, the Captain Marvel from the Silver Age of Marvel’s tenure. Gunn, however, took to social media, as he is prone to doing, and said this on Facebook:
The rumors surrounding Quill’s parentage at the present moment are completely false, and aren’t even close to the truth. I don’t know how people come up with this stuff, but it certainly isn’t through legitimate sources.

That sounds like a pretty definitive answer on the is-this-Peter-Quill’s-dad front. In some instances like this, many fans might be inclined to question whether or not Gunn is just trying to obfuscate the greater picture, but unlike, say, Star Trek Into Darkness, he always seems like he’s been pretty straightforward, especially when dealing directly with fans. So, we’re inclined to take him at his word, but we’ll definitely have to wait and see how this pans out, and we still want to know.

At the beginning of his post, Gunn does say that he’s going to have to stop responding to every last one of these rumors that pop up on the internet, largely because, eventually, one of them is going to be right, or at least close. He reiterates that this particular rumor, however, is not that one. He also goes on to chide people for spreading spoilers and for digging into each and every last bit of news to try and figure everything out before every last movie.

This still leaves the question of Star-Lord’s parentage up in the air. All we really know at this point is that he is some sort of alien being, which is why Quill was able to hold onto the Infinity Stone at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, because he’s more than just human. He will also reportedly not not be J’Son of Spartax, as he is in the comics. Between those two things we know, that leaves a whole comic book universe of possibilities, and we likely won’t know his true identity until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens on May 5, 2017.

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