The Emotional Problems Star-Lord Will Have In Guardians 2, According To James Gunn


Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, has led an exciting life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he isn't without personal issues. His mother died when he was 8-years-old, he was taken from Earth soon after by space pirates that and he's never met his father. Things have improved for Peter since he broke free of the Ravagers and became part of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 this summer, he'll finally meet his dad, Ego. However, that meeting is going to bring its own set of problems.

During USA Today's run-through of the biggest movies coming out in 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn mentioned that Peter Quill will be cycling through a lot of feelings upon meeting his father for the first time, from admiring the man to wondering why he was abandoned as a child. Gunn explained:

To let somebody love you is a very difficult thing, especially when you're damaged goods. And all of the Guardians are damaged goods. It runs the gamut of emotions for him, wanting to understand why his father wasn't around to quickly idolizing him and ultimately learning the reality of the relationship and comparing the man who sired him to the man who raised him.

Before Peter Quill's mother, Meredith, died, she expected that Peter's father, whom she described as an "angel," would come get him after she passed. Sure enough, Ego hired Yondu and the Ravagers to fetch Peter, but Yondu opted to keep the boy as part of his crew, calling Ego a "jackass." Now in his mid-30s, Peter will finally meet Ego in the midst of their newest adventure. Rather than being a giant planet with a face like in the comics, the MCU's Ego will assume a humanoid form, but he's still one of the most powerful beings in the universe. While we still don't know exactly how Ego will factor into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's plot, it sounds like the movie won't skimp on delving into the complexities of this father/son dynamic, which will also include Peter inevitably comparing Ego to Yondu, his main father figure until now, for better or worse.

Along with Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians meeting Ego and Mantis, the empathic alien woman who Ego raised, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will also see the eponymous protagonists dealing with a mutinous band of Ravagers and meeting Ayesha, the Golden High Priestess. There's never a dull moment for this gang of miscreants as they travel from planet to planet, but for Peter especially, this will be a huge turning point in his life.

The next chapter of Peter Quill's life will unfold when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is released on May 5.

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