While answering some fan questions on his Facebook page, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn clarified a bit about the origin of Star-Lord, Peter Quill. A fan asked if Star-Lord's origin would be more based on the classic version of the character or the version seen in the Marvel NOW! Guardians of the Galaxy series. According to Gunn, it's neither, saying: "Marvel Now version wasn't written until after my version was written. His origin is an MCU thing." MCU stands for Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it sounds like the MCU version of Star-Lord will have a unique origin. Judging by the synopsis currently on the Guardians of the Galaxy IMDB page, it sounds like Peter Quill is a pilot who somehow found himself dragged into outer space during the 1980s. In the current continuity, Peter Quill is the son of J'Son Spartax, Emperor of the Spartax Empire, who crash landed on Earth years ago. In Guardians of the Galaxy¸ in the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan. Guardians of the Galaxy comes to theaters August 1.