Warning: The following post contains spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
For at least the past year, Marvel has been encouraging fans to speculate wildly about who Chris Pratt/Star-Lord’s pappy will be in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Most of us rightfully assumed we’d have to wait until the movie hits theaters to find out, but nope, director James Gunn let the dad out of the bag this past weekend in a Comic-Con exclusive trailer. Turns out Star-Lord’s father is Ego the living planet, who will be played in human form by Kurt Russell. Didn’t see that one coming.
Given how secretive most major blockbusters are these days, the early reveal was a big surprise, but Gunn says he did it for a good reason…
“It was going to come out sooner or later, and I think one of the things I impressed upon people early on is the identity of Quill’s father is not the big stunner in this movie. I’m not leading it all to Darth Vader being Luke’s father in the third act reveal. This is really about the relationship between Star-Lord and his father, who happens to be a living planet, and his other father, Yondu, who is an abusive jerk. It’s about the dysfunctional family triad that those three characters have. That’s the center of the movie.”
In other words, Kurt Russell’s Ego is going to be all over this movie, so it would be difficult to market it without him. It would be the equivalent of trying to pretend Harrison Ford wasn’t in The Force Awakens. So, that’s one reveal spoiled, but Gunn does mention a “big stunner” — could this movie have another twist in store?
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters May 5, 2017.