Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the sequel everyone is eagerly waiting for. We already have two trailers and a bunch of merchandise, which have given us our first look at several characters in the film.
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However, despite these reveals - unlike its predecessor - the plot of the film is not yet clear. Thanks to the aforementioned elements, we've been able to piece together a few things but up until now, it's been hard to figure out what it will be about.
Fortunately, we now have another piece of the puzzle to clear things up further. In anticipation for the film, Marvel's toyline - Marvel Legends - has released a wave of figures dedicated entirely to #GuardiansoftheGalaxy characters, and it includes Ego's live-action version. Which gives us our best look at the character yet:
But that's not all. The other relevant tidbit we have from the figure is the information it comes with. How it goes with #Marvel Legends is that every character has a brief description on their packaging based on their comic book or movie characterization. It's Ego's description that sheds a bit more light on his role in Vol. 2:
"Roguish and unpredictable, Ego and Star-Lord share many of the same qualities as father and son. But when it comes to defending the galaxy as each sees fit, their approaches unquestionably differ."
So it turns out the apple didn't fall far from the tree with these two, huh?
This relates to a statement director #JamesGunn made regarding the relationship between the two characters last year:
"You're going to see these characters having to endure the realities of being in a family. You're talking about a guy who's been longing to know who his father is for a long time. He'll discover if that person lives up to the expectations he has in his head."
So, what can we take away from this?
Ego Will Be A Complicated Character
We've known for a long time that Peter Quill and his dad won't have the smoothest father-son relationship in the galaxy. So the importance of this new description comes with the fact that, up to this point, we thought Ego was one of the film's main baddies. We knew the Guardians would come into conflict with him, but now we have a clearer idea of why.
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He is - in his own twisted way - trying to be a force for good. However, his extreme methods will make him come into conflict with the Guardians and their own way of doing things. Example: Keeping Mantis (his own daughter) prisoner. These layers and the potential for exploration they bring may be pointing to Ego not being the usual disposable bad guy; he is just a (very) flawed character.
What I'm wondering is what this means for the villains of the movie, mainly with Ayesha. Does Ego's questionable morality indicate he will mend his way and help the Guardians stop whatever evil scheme she's cooked up? That's a possibility, but taking into account his villainous antics in the comics, his fate and his allegiance are not set in stone. We'll have to wait until #GuardiansoftheGalaxyVol2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017.