Yep, Star-Lord Is Getting A Brand-New Set Of Daddy Issues In GotG 2

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Who's your daddy, Star-Lord? No, seriously, who is he? Because as director James Gunn has confirmed in an Empire Online interview, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Peter Quill will not be the son of J'Son, alien Emperor of Spartax, his dad in the original comics.


Here's the relevant passage:

"There have been a lot of documents passed around about who Peter Quill's father is between a select two or three of us," says Gunn. "That's been part of the plan since the beginning, that's something I had to work out before we shot the screenplay. We wanted to make sure Yondu's place in everything made sense and it does, so it's all very specific stuff."

Importantly, Gunn had a major revelation for fans trying to work out who Peter Quill's father might be. "It's definitely not the character who it is in the comics, I'll say that much."

So who is it? The good behinddarkglasses discussed several excellent possibilities for Star-Lord's pappy over on O-Deck, but I'm wondering if it might be Starfox ā€” Thanos' brother, the holder of one of the most disturbing superpowers in the Marvel universe (see #12), and, as Yondu specifies in Guardians of the Galaxy, a total jackass.

It would certainly raise the stakes for the Guardians if/when they tangle with Thanos again. But do you guys have any other suggestions?

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A lot of people are lining up behind Star Fox, but I think that's the problem. It's too on-the-nose for Quill's father. It also doesn't explain the description "Like an angel, composed of pure light", a description which Yondu seems to reinforce with his line "I may be pretty as an angel, but I ain't one." near the end of the movie. The other favorite, Adam Warlock, also doesn't check out. Adam Warlock is a newly created being, but the Xandarians describe his father as something so old or ancient it's not in their records. So, my theory:

Ikaris the Eternal:

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As an Eternal, he's basically a cousin of Thanos, which keeps it in the family. They showed a Celestial in the first Guardians movie, both living and dead, and as an Eternal, Ikaris is a creation of the Celestials, tying him and thus Star Lord into that part of the cosmic universe.

He's ancient, significant, could easily fit the "angel made of light" description, and best of all Peter can't help but feel like a total failure in the shadow of a father who is effectively a god. And that feeling of inferiority would be shared by Yondu, which would solve one of the other hidden mysteries of Guardians: Why does Yondu care about Peter Quill, and why didn't he deliver him to his father?

Think about how many times his own men mentioned Yondu was soft on Star Lord. How many chances he gave this kid. If you listen to when he in turn berates Quill for being soft, it sounds more like he's angry less at Peter and more at himself for something. So here's my theory: Yondu cares for Peter because Yondu and Ikaris were rivals for his mother's affection. Scruffy, edgy Yondu lost out to the glowing immortal god, and was embittered, but what could he do? Then years later he learns she's dying when he's asked to pick up her soon-to-be-orphaned son and deliver him to his father. But Yondu has another idea: He'll hold the boy hostage and use him to out Ikaris. Yondu has an army now, ships and hardened mercs. When Ikaris comes for his son, Yondu would finally get the confrontation he's wanted all these years. Except Ikaris never came. And when his anger faded, Yondu was left with a boy who reminded him of the girl he once loved. A boy who, if things had been different and he was a little bluer, might have been his own. So, to the confusion of his own men, he raised him like a son.

It would also explain why someone as brash as Yondu didn't just bust into the hospital and grab the kid. That's far more his style. But if he'd done that, he might have had to see Mama Quill on her deathbed, and that might have broken his nerve to go through with his plan.

One other point for the Eternals: There are strong rumors that Marvel is planning to use the Inhumans in an upcoming movie. In the comics, the Inhumans were created by the Kree as an experiment to replicate the Celestials' creation of the Eternals. I suspect the cinematic universe will tie the two groups together, and may even go so far as tying the Eternals and Inhumans together, then placing them in opposition to a similarly paired alliance of the Titans and Deviants. And Having Star Lord tie into that world would be an added bonus.