#GuardiansoftheGalaxyVol2 has us asking a lot of questions: What's been happening with the Guardians since we last saw them? How does Nebula become part of the team? How will the film tie into Infinity War? And what, exactly, is up with Kurt Russell's Ego and how does he fit in?
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In the comics, the character is a double-crossing ancient planet, but he has a human form in the film. So what's going on there? Well, #JamesGunn has finally cleared the matter up. The director sat down for an interview with Complex, and he explained just how in the world (heh) Ego works:
“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. 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.”
Essentially, Ego could still be floating in space as his planet form while his #KurtRussell identity prances around the galaxy alongside his daughter, Mantis. That's great news for comic book fans because it almost guarantees that we'll get to see his massive form at some point during the film.
However, that's not the only thing the revelation gives us to consider and speculate over...
Does Ego's Power Level Secure Him A Spot In The Future Of The MCU?
James Gunn's description of the character could be hinting at his having a larger role in the MCU thanks to him being one of the universe's most powerful characters. Yes, I mean, he is a living planet, but now we know he can create various fully-functioning, fully-sentient powerful beings at the same time by shaking his molecular structure. That certainly packs a better punch than Ivan Vanko's whips or Red Skull's slap.
Last year, Gunn talked about Ego's identity, describing him as a "God." It's highly unlikely that #Marvel would set up a character - especially a cosmic one - with such a status and power level for a one-and-done role. Let's take, for example, Dormammu. We only saw the giant flaming head with anger issues in Doctor Strange during the third act.
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Yet, due to the sheer threat he represents for the heroes in the MCU, he was allowed to live another day (or however they count time in the Dark Dimension) and he's currently floating out there in the multiverse. That probably means Marvel will take advantage of him in the future in order to replace Thanos as the new cosmic threat looming over our helpless world. And that could be what Marvel will do with Ego.
We've heard conflicting reports regarding Ego's allegiances, so knowing whether he'll be a full-blown villain or just a conflicted antihero is a bit complicated. Regardless, he is a character with a massive scale that could be a great vehicle for future cosmic storylines in the #MCU, whether the Guardians are part of them or not.
Of course, this is still just speculation, so we'll have to see if Ego does have the chance to become an important part of the franchise when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017.
Are you excited to see Ego as a literal living planet? Which other forms could he take? Let me now in the comments!