The Marvel Cinematic Universe is known for sprinkling Easter egg references to its comic book source material throughout its Marvel Studios films. One such "Easter egg" will never be seen on screen.
In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kurt Russell will play Ego, the father of Peter "Star-Lord" Quill (Chris Pratt). However, Star-Lord's father was not Ego in the comics, but J'Son, the emperor of a planet called Spartax.
When ComicBook.com visited the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it was surprising to see J'Son's name all over the offices. It turns out J'Son was the on-set codename for Russell's Ego."
"I call him J'Son all the time," director James Gunn explained. "That's what we do. But I also want to make clear he isn't J'Son. He isn't named J'Son in the movie. That's just flat out the case."
Despite the secrecy, Gunn foretold that the identity of Russell's character would be public knowledge before the movie made it theaters. He was right, but that's just fine with him.
"The movie really isn't about that," Gunn said. "It's not about this big reveal of who the father is. It really is about the story between the different characters, and so it's not about that reveal. It's not about there's this big shock moment. We're probably all going to know by the time the movie comes out. It happens pretty close to the beginning of the film. It's not something we reveal at the end of the film. So it's something that'll come out eventually."
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Set to the backdrop of 'Awesome Mixtape #2,' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (Slither). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (Spectre) as Drax; Vin Diesel (Furious 7) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (Jumper) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (The Big Short) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (The Knick, The Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, The Thing).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 5, 2017.
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