For as long as Star-Lord can remember, he’s wondered who his father was. The hero learned very little about his dad before his mother’s death, and of course, the Ravagers didn’t have much to tell him about the man after they abducted him from Earth. His father’s appearance was teased at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, and Marvel Studios confirmed Star-Lord’s dad would feature in its sequel. And, now, Chris Pratt is talking about what it was like for Star-Lord to meet his long-lost dad.
Speaking with Empire, the actor said fans should expect to see the Guardians’ struggle with their new family dynamic. “You’re going to see these characters having to endure the realities of being in a family,” he said. “You’re talking about a guy who’s been longing to know who his father is for a long time. He’ll discover if that person lives up to the expectations he has in his head.”
Director James Gunn also spoke with the magazine and revealed Chris Pratt was the one who originally pitched Kurt Russell’s casting. “He was actually not in my head initially, but one day Chris suggested him,” he explained. “and I would have been really disappointed if he’d said no. Hey, if you have to cast anything, Kurt’s a pretty good way to go.”
Of course, fans know Kurt Russell was cast as Ego the Living Planet. The character stands as one of Marvel’s strangest as Ego is quite literally a living planet. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Ego debuted as one of Thor’s villains and has some intense psionic powers. Gunn described Ego as “an ancient cosmic being who has been on the edges of the universe for aeons by himself.” But, thankfully, Star-Lord won’t have to hop on a spaceship to visit his good-old dad. Ego will appear in human form, and attendees lucky enough to see the film’s teaser footage at San Diego Comic Con have gushed the character’s introduction is one for the books. After all, Ego was seen being birthed from am ‘egg-shaped glob’ of something, leaving Star-Lord to witness his own father’s rebirth.
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will star Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Glenn Close, Kurt Russell, and more.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is slated to hit theaters on May 5th 2017.