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One of the greatest mysteries of James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 revolved around the identity of Star-Lord's father. We knew that Kurt Russell would play him, but the name of the character was kept under wraps until Saturday night in Hall H, when the footage screened during the Marvel panel revealed that Russell would play Ego. However, based on what we know of Ego from the Marvel Comics pages, that seemed ... complicated.
So, following the Marvel panel, I was lucky enough to score some time with James Gunn to discuss this big reveal, and what it means for his upcoming sequel. For starters, Gunn says don't go looking to the pages of the books for information on Ego -- who was a living planet in the Marvel universe -- because his take on the character will be different in many ways. Gunn told me:
It's pretty different. I love Ego the Living Planet. He's a planet with a big face on him. This will be more of an ancient, cosmic being who... how he has gotten there is explained a lot in the movie. How he's been able to procreate with a human woman is explained in the movie. So he's a much different character. But I found it to be, in a way, a much deeper science-fiction concept to have this movie be around that. It's very different from the first Guardians, actually. We're still a space fantasy, and we're still fun. But there are more science-fiction elements. We explain more about how they travel through space in this one. All of these things make for a bit of a different feel in this movie.
James Gunn is right. Ego, from the comics, looks nothing like Kurt Russell.
And if he's going to impregnate Peter Quill's human mom, he's going to have to go through some changes. The Comic-Con footage that ended the Hall H panel had Drax (Dave Bautista) asking Ego (Russell) if he has a penis. The answer -- much to Star-Lord's chagrin -- had Hall H in stitches.
Guardians of the Galaxy feels like the one true Marvel movie that was able to deviate from its Comic Book source material, as the characters never were as popular as Iron Man or Captain America, so Gunn was able to translate them to the screen as he saw fit. Those changes sound like they'll continue with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and the footage that was shown in Hall H proves Gunn and his team are on the right track.
Are you glad Kurt Russell isn't exactly playing a living planet? Or did you want to see how Gunn approached a traditional take on Ego? Weigh in below.