I don’t believe it. Not for a second. Since we are first introduced to Peter Quill, all the way to the final scene of Guardians of the Galaxy, the one question burning in our thoughts: Who is Peter Quill’s father? And now, James Gunn wants fans to believe that he’s just going to give that mystery away before the movie comes out? Uh-uh. Not a chance.
I think it’s more likely that some fan out there has figured it out — just like fans figured out that Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness — and Gunn, taking a page out of the J.J. Abrams playbook, is trying to figure out a way to throw us all off. So let’s try and figure out which of the theories out there is the most plausible candidate for the fan theory that got Gunn spooked.
Now, some of you may not have picked up on this while watching the film but I definitely picked up a plot hole. Partway through the film, we see Gamora (played by the beautiful yet fierce Zoe Saldana) having been caught in a tussle with her half-sister Nebula (played by Karen Gillan). Gamora ends up watching her body quickly turn to shards of frozen accessories, draping outer space as it feeds on her ever-slowing pulse.
Suddenly, and despite Rockets insistent warnings, Quill ejects himself from his spacecraft in attempt to save Gamora from being completely enveloped in space. Quill does this by taking off his own breathing device and attaching it to Gamora, leaving him vulnerable to the conditions of outer space. That is, until Yondu swoops in to snatch them up. Was I the only one that questioned how it was possible Peter survived that? Gamora, being genetically re-engineered into someone who is considered Thanos’s (an Eternal) adopted daughter, was sure to survive, even after we thought we all watched her die. But Peter, as far as we were aware by this point in the film, was just half-terran. There is no real way he would have survived that exposure. It isn’t until the end that we are fed another clue about Peter’s true lineage.
In the second to last scene, the universe is at death’s door as Ronan the Accuser (played by Lee Pace) holds the Power Stone — a stone capable of destroying worlds within a matter of seconds. Obviously, a mere mortal (or even half-mortal for that matter) could not be capable of handling such an object, yet Peter Quill does just that without being blown to pieces.
By that point, we are all wondering the same thing. If you did not already question how Quill was alive after floating around like a rag doll in attempt to rescue a distressed damsel, there’s no doubt after that. In the final scene of the movie, Nova Prime, Irani Rael (played by Glenn Close) says, (in reference to Quill’s father) “He is something ancient and unknown.”
In the comic books, Peter Quill’s father is described as (much like his son) an adventurous, free spirited, careless, playboy. But where his son is half terran (as shown in the first seen, on his mother's side):
Director James Gunn states in reference to Quill’s father in the film, “It’s definitely not the character who it is in the comics, I’ll say that much.” So what are people saying out there?
Shortly after Guardians of the Galaxy came out in 2014, the hunt to identify Peter’s father began. Two of said rumors ignite mid-film, where we find Peter and the other guardians bartering with The Collector. Some people seem to think that the Collector (obviously being an ancient being, as was stated by Nova Prime) impregnated Peter Quill’s mother, Meredith Quill (played by Laura Haddock), planted terminal cancer within Meredith’s body after allowing her to raise Peter, and hired Yondu to snatch up Peter the moment his mother passed away — tasked with transporting Peter to the Collector so he had him to add to his vast array of collections and experiments.
Problem was, Yondu began to grow fond of the boy and never followed through. How likely this is? If the Collector were a puzzle piece, I would have to cut off three of four edges just to try to force a fit. I hope you were all paying close attention because I mentioned there were two different possibilities that arose from that specific scene in the film.
In the post-credits scene of the film, Easter Eggs are everywhere. Emphasis is drawn on important scenes of the film, the collector’s place being one of them. There, we found that his place was brimming with Easter Eggs hiding all throughout the room. Cosmo the Space Dog, Howard the Duck mounted to the ceiling in a cage, a Dark Elf shafted up in a glass case being cleaned by the Collector’s assistant, and a cocoon. But whose cocoon? Adam Warlock's. Only this time when we see the cocoon in the finishing credits, it is blasted open. What could this mean?
Adam Warlock is a leader of the “Infinity Watch,” tasked with the responsibility to ensure that the Infinity Stones do not end up in the wrong hands. Is this Gunn’s sly way of introducing Warlock into Vol. 2? Warlock is also an ancient being (check) and presently an unfamiliar kind to the majority of the Galaxy in the first film. I suppose Gunn could mold Warlock to fit the criteria, but it still seems a bit of a stretch. Then again, don’t they all?
Here is one of my personal favorites. An eternal just like Thanos (minus the dark, creepy, cynical aspects). They’re, in fact, brothers. The possibilities for how Gunn could explore Starfox as his father would be exciting. He has definitely got some potential. In the comics he is said to have a special ability of persuasion and control over others. He is handsome and often illustrated with women by his side (I see some similarities between him and Quill already). And is it just a coincidence that they seem to have similar nicknames: Starfox and Star-Lord?
So what about Yondu? Being a constant figure all throughout Peter’s life, always having a soft spot for the young “Star-Lord.” No matter how many times he says he is going to kill the boy (as heard in the film while Yondu is talking to Kraglin and the other ravagers) he can never seem to do it. During most of the film, Yondu is hunting down Quill because (or what we are initially supposed to believe) he wants to “kill Peter himself” after Peter went behind his back. Later in the film we see that no matter how angry Peter makes Yondu, he does not seem to have a spine to kill the kid.
Yondu was allegedly hired to pick up Quill and deliver him to his father, but we are to believe he never followed through. How do we not know that Yondu is his father and did, in fact, succeed in attempting to retrieve his son in a time of dire need (minutes after Quill’s mother passes away).
Gunn said that Quill’s father wouldn't be so focused on the reveal but the relationship. So isn’t there quite a strong relationship between Yondu and Peter? Aren’t they very similar in the sense that the both of them are skilled bounty hunters, likely to turn on the closest of allies for an extra ounce of wealth? Or, are they only alike in that aspect because Peter has been raised by Yondu? There are definitely some dots that could connect for Vol. 2, with Yondu turning out to be Peter’s real father. So within the two year gap of Vol. 1 and 2, have we found the solution to all our questions? James Gunn doesn’t seem to think so.
In a recent uproar of information that Gunn revealed directly to the media, we are told exactly who Peter Quill’s father will be in Vol. 2. Ego, played by Kurt Russell, “the living planet” based on the comics. Well, that certainly fits Nova Prime’s comment about Peter’s father, but how can a planet father a child? Or even talk? Quill’s mother, Meredith, seconds before her death states, “You are so like your daddy…he was an angel, composed out of pure light.” Now, not only is his father supposedly a planet, but a planet “composed of pure light” as well?
So wait, “Yeah, his dad is a planet. Sort of. It will all be explained in the film” — is this another J.J. Abrams move? Months before Star Trek came out they told everyone, “it wasn’t Khan,” so much that we began to believe them. It wasn’t until the film came out that we saw their statements were all a hoax in attempt to mislead us. How do we know this isn’t just a way to keep us momentarily distracted or confused so we stop putting so much focus on some of the other possibilities out there, or had we already cracked the case and Gunn is merely using this as an attempt to keep people interested?
If Ego does turn out to be Quill’s father, they're going to have to fit him into all the criteria. Either Gunn is lying about Ego or they’re going to have to almost completely strip all that we know of Ego based off of the comics and transform him into something else/someone else entirely. Which, since Ego will be a new character introduced in Vol. 2, is very well a possibility, and an easy way to mold the character as to however Gunn so pleases. Even if his father is Ego, wouldn't that entirely defeat the character we all know as Ego? This could very well be a red herring — and it has been done to us before — so why should we trust Gunn?
Check out a sneak peek of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 below:
Which of these theories do you think is the most likely?