It is a rather fascinating notion to go into a film knowing that Ego, the Living Planet is Peter Quill’s biological father, but we somehow still know little to nothing about him. With the upcoming release in May, we are slowly getting smaller glimpses at what the characters place in the story may be, but Marvel’s classic secrecy is still keeping us from finding out anything major. Interviews are now popping up from the set visits back in April 2016, but while Kurt Russell did not give much away, he did offer some insight into his experiences, a few hints at his character and his place in the overarching storyline.
When asked about the rumors that started this whole thing about him potentially being in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, he had this to say:
“I was doing publicity for Hateful Eight and suddenly people started saying, ‘Is it true? Are you gonna play Peter Quill’s father?’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ I just wasn’t aware of it. And then all of a sudden, for the first time, this was a character obviously that people really wanted to – they were interested, they were all very positive. It wasn’t like, ‘Seriously? You’re not gonna do that, are you?’ It was like, ‘Whoa, are you gonna do that? That’s perfect! You should do that!’”
He also hints at the fact that watching the first Guardians of the Galaxy really got him interested in playing the role. He also praised Chris Pratt for being quite a sweet guy, and he had quite a joyful experience on set together with James Gunn and his crew. Seems he had quite a lot of fun with Chris on set, and praised Gunn for knowing exactly what he wanted to do with the film and its characters. Part of him also looked back at his around 30 years of experience as an actor, and how this film felt like he had the right amount of baggage to bring into this film. Some important parts of the interview highlight hints at what we can expect from Ego’s personality, as it seems he is quite similar to his son.
Not much. [Laughs] Unfortunately, not much. We were just talking about it; it’s a little hard to bite your tongue and do that, but there’s a lot about the character that we wanna keep under wraps, I guess, for a certain period of time. But the good part is, he’s no letdown. He has a great, adventurous spirit that he shares with his son, and the idea of being able to find someone that you’ve wanted to see for a long time.
The focus of the film will be about Peter and his father finally bonding, as it will allow us to see Peter’s reaction trying to see if the words that his mother shared with him before her death, really fit the man. Hopefully, this might also hint at a possibility to get a closer look into the relationship between Quill’s mother and Ego, maybe through the use of flashbacks. Speaking of relationships, he was also asked on how he relates to Mantis, who seems to be living together with him when the Guardians meet them.
“This is so hard. [Laughs] It really is. It’s really weird. It’s great fun to talk about. That’s what’s tough about it. I don’t think I should. She’s an important player and her relationship to me and to the movie is an important one. They’re all important.”
Him pointing out that all characters are important, may also tie-in to another big mystery surrounding the film. Sylvester Stallone is playing a key character in the film, but it is unsure what role exactly he has. Two major veteran actors in one film, may potentially hint at a major role, which was further hinted at in an interview between James Gunn and Fandango.
“This is definitely not a one-off. They’re both characters that we’ve taken a lot of time to develop, and they’re a big part of the MCU now.”
This is rather interesting, and could hint at both of them making an appearance later down the line. The major question remains, who exactly are both characters that they play such a major role. Could they potentially be part of the Elders, which will somehow be the key to stopping Thanos in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War?