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James Gunn Explains Kurt Russell as Ego in ‘Guardians Vol. 2’

Since it was announced Kurt Russell would be playing Peter Quill’s father Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, fans have speculated what that would mean.

In the comic books, Ego is a living planet, an actual fully sized planet. So how can a planet be Peter’s father?

In the first film there were several hints about who Peter’s father might be. On her death-bed his mother described him to Peter as her angel.

The Nova Corps told Peter his DNA was only half human and that the other half was something ancient. Then before they flew away, Yondu and Kraglin think it was a good thing they didn’t turn Peter over to his father since he was “kind of a dick.”

Now, all these clues don’t necessarily lead to living planet, but they do make the viewer wonder about the importance of Peter’s father in the galaxy.


In an interview with Complex, director James Gunn finally explains how Kurt Russell is Ego and also Peter’s dad.

“Ego is a living planet who is able to manifest himself in different ways. He’s been alone for millions of years and he’s learned how to control the molecules around him in such a way as to create avatars of themselves, such as Kurt Russell,” said Gunn. “I think Ego was a very lonely character out there by himself and went off in search of love and perhaps found it in Quill’s mother.”

So that settles the debate. He’s an avatar of a living planet. Guessing there will be more to this story when the film comes out.

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff and Kurt Russell star in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 when it flies into theaters May 5.

Source: Comic Book Resources

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