The details surrounding the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 are light at this point. Comic-Con revealed the identity of Kurt Russell’s character and his relationship to Peter Quill on screen, but the actual plot is still shrouded in some secrecy. There’s still a Stallone appearance to figure out, the details behind Mantis joining the team, and how any of this will tie into Infinity War — if it does at all.
Director James Gunn is still revealing a bit about Russell’s presence in the film, letting the world know that it wasn’t his original choice to play Star Lord’s father on screen. In a recent interview with Empire, Gunn gives all the credit to Chris Pratt for bringing the Big Trouble In Little China star aboard:
“He was actually not in my head initially, but one day Chris suggested him,” explains Gunn, “and I would have been really disappointed if he’d said no. Hey, if you have to cast anything, Kurt’s a pretty good way to go.”
Kurt definitely is a pretty good way to go for any role you can think about, especially opposite someone like Chris Pratt. There are far more great Kurt Russell films out in the wild than bad ones, so having him along for the ride in Guardians 2 is welcome. There’s also the whole Tango And Cash reunion possibility, but that’s another discussion:
Elsewhere in the interview, we learn a little more about how Star-Lord will deal with meeting his father — who used to be a living planet and all:
“You’re going to see these characters having to endure the realities of being in a family,” says Pratt. “You’re talking about a guy who’s been longing to know who his father is for a long time. He’ll discover if that person lives up to the expectations he has in his head.”
And you’ll note the used to be above because Russell is not playing a giant planet throughout the whole film. Gunn confirms that Ego will be a regular looking fella in the film, with all of his parts in order according to the footage shown at Comic-Con:
“I have a penis,” he declares in a scene shown at Comic-Con. “It’s not bad either.”
And that penis is played by Sylvester Stallone? Not the cameo anybody is expecting, so it must be true.