Coming out of Guardians of the Galaxy, the ending clearly set up the mysterious identity of Star-Lord’s father to be a big piece of their story moving forward. Ever since that point, people have been trying to guess the true identity of Quill’s parentage and with James Gunn repeatedly stating that it would not follow the comics, imaginations ran wild. Whether it was Adam Warlock, Starfox, or Mar-Vell, there were plenty of theories, but now that the identity has been revealed, hardly anybody thought that Ego the Living Planet would end up in that part.
While we are still trying to wrap our brains around how a planet could come to impregnate a human being, Gunn has been fielding questions about this decision. As he told io9, he wanted to stray from the comics to bring a complexity to the eventual relationship that will or will not be formed between father and son.
I didn’t like that in the comics J’Son is a king, and he also reeked very much of Star Wars, so I didn’t want that same sort of thing. I like the idea of Quill’s father being an ancient, cosmic, incredibly powerful being who, just like Rocket, has problems connecting to other people because […] there’s nothing else like him. This character has a hard time connecting to other people because he’s a god who’s been alone for billions of years.
Not only were people surprised by who Gunn chose to be Star-Lord’s father, but also the decision to reveal it now. The identity had been kept under wraps for such a long time, that revealing it at this stage was a big surprise. So why would they take away the possible surprise we could get in the theaters? Well, they knew it would come out during marketing or screenings and more importantly, the reveal is not what the movie is about but instead the relationships.
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.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to hit theaters May 5, 2017.