One of the big reveals to come out of Marvel Studios’ Hall H panel last night was not only confirmation that Kurt Russell was playing Star-Lord’s father or that Ego The Living Planet is in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but that they are one in the same. Yes, Russell has been confirmed as playing Ego and just earlier today, his costume was revealed as well. This is a surprising change of events, not just because Star-Lord’s father is now a planet, but it also incredibly surprising that after months of secrecy, Marvel decided to release this information to the public. Normally a very secretive studio, they let a lot of #seeeekrits, as AgentM likes to say, out.
This decision was not an accident but instead something they wanted to do because they know this information would not stay hidden forever. Sooner rather than later, trailers will start to come out and people could piece together bits of information to come to this conclusion, however this reveal is not all that important as it turns out. While speaking to Comicbook, James Gunn says the reveal of the identity of Star-Lord’s father is not the point of the movie, but rather the results of these relationships changing after it is discovered.
Quite frankly, we knew that people were going to figure it out eventually. People were gonna start testing the movie, we’re gonna start testing trailers, and it this point I thought it was better that we took the reigns in our own hands and revealed Ego to the public. I also think it sends a real important message. This movie isn’t about, ‘Oh my god, you’ve gotta go and find out who Peter Quills dad is!’ It really is about the story and the relationship that these characters have. We find out about Peter’s father pretty close to the beginning of the film so we’re not giving some big spoiler away. I think it really isn’t about this big surprise, it really is about the story and the emotions that transpire between Peter Quill, his adoptive father Yondu, and his real father Ego who happens to be a Living Planet.
Guardians of the Galaxy sold audiences on loving a talking raccoon with a giant gun and tree that can say four words. It is safe to say that the sequel was going to further push how much we can believe, and that is exactly what Ego is for. When Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 rolls around next year, the gang will be back together, this time with Baby Groot and the addition of Ego and who knows what else. Gunn promises it will stay true to the first movie but also wants to keep you on the edge of your seats.
The first movie, we set out to create a movie that wasn’t what people expected that took them to new places that was both much funnier, much more colorful than they thought it was going to be. I think this movie’s going to be the same way. I think we’re giving them things that they don’t expect and I think we take twists and turns and the stories, I don’t think you’re going to expect. It starts with today in revealing this is about Baby Groot and this is about Ego the Living Planet being Quill’s father. It’s a very unique situation to start with.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to hit theaters May 5, 2017.