James Gunn decided to reveal early on that Kurt Russell’s character in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is not only Peter Quill’s father, but Ego the Living Planet as well. This was a shock to many because it involves several changes to the typical comic book canon for both Ego and Peter’s parentage. San Diego Comic Con attendees got to see Ego in a film sneak peek last summer, and the rest of us fans have been speculating how exactly Kurt Russell would look in the role. Well, here’s a small leak of Kurt in his human Ego form! Credit to MCU Exchange for the reveal.
In Marvel’s comics continuity, Peter’s father is J’son, an Emperor of the Spartoi Empire. Ego the Living Planet is a separate character entirely in Earth-616. In comic continuity, Ego is a giant mass who developed over millions of years and gained consciousness, thus living his life roaming galaxies as an enormous floating planet with a face. It’s also worth noting Ego has played as a villain role continuously in Marvel canon. James has seemed to decide to combine the two characters and create a whole new iteration entirely. This is an exciting idea and leaves plenty of speculation as to what Ego’s true role will be in the MCU.
Kurt Russell is a much celebrated actor, and his casting as Peter’s father excites fans as to what sort of chemistry he and Chris Pratt will have together. The actor has a dedicated following, especially due to being in various cult classics such as John Carpenter’s The Thing and Big Trouble in Little China. You may have also recently seen him in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.
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