When we first heard the news that Peter Quill's father would make an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, comic fans expected to see the introduction of his canon father, J'son — a.k.a. Jason of Spartax, a.k.a. Mister Knife — the Emperor of the Spartoi Empire.
A solid contender for Worst Father of the Year, J'son featured as an antagonist to the Guardians in the #comics, and tried to kill his son more than once. Basically an awkward Father's Day all round.
But then came the twist — in the #MCU J'son is not Peter Quill's father. Rather it is Ego the Living Planet, who will be portrayed by Kurt Russell.
But the daddy issue still forms the backbone of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. A good part of the movie will focus on the Guardians' search for Peter's true parentage, following up on the reveal toward the end of Guardians of the Galaxy that Peter's father was not human, and that Yondu (Michael Rooker) had originally been charged with taking Peter back to his father.
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Changing the origin of Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) for the MCU isn't so far left of field. The movies always struggle to fit into the same stories as the comics, and what works well on page doesn't always translate so well to the screen.
Taking J'son out of the picture cuts out a huge part of the Guardians — and especially Peter Quill's — backstory. In a movie about family, using J'son would've given the filmmakers a lot to work with. But for now we'll have to wait and see, and trust that director James Gunn knows what he's doing.
But, with Ego as Star-Lord's father and not J'son, where does that leave the Emperor of Spartax? Just because he wasn't appearing as Peter's dad doesn't mean he didn't exist at all. Could he be out there somewhere, waiting to tangle with the Guardians? From the sounds of things, probably not.
In a new interview that came out of a set visit with Collider, Gunn spilled a lot about the upcoming sequel, and of course the name of J'son was invoked. Following on from a comment made by Gunn on Twitter, Collider asked if J'son exists in the MCU despite the fact that he doesn't appear in the movie. Gunn replied in typical fashion:
"I say the same thing; there is no J’son in the MCU. You think we aren’t prepared for you guys? [Laughs] You think anything we did today is real? We hate each other … there is no J’son in the MCU... I’ll just come out and say it; there’s no J’son in the MCU. That’s for you. That’s just what we’re using right now."
Gunn was anxious to draw a big no-no between Kurt Russells' character Ego and that of J'son. After commenting on reports that Gunn called Russell "J'son" on set, he made sure to clarify that there are no similarities between the character of Ego in the MCU and J'son in the comics.
"[Russell] isn’t J’son. He isn’t named J’son in the movie. That’s just flat out the case. We’ll probably all know who [Peter's] father is by the time this movie comes out, "we" meaning you guys, because the movie really isn’t about that. It’s not about this big reveal of who the father is. It really is about the story between the different characters."
So there you have it. J'son is not lurking in the background of the MCU, nor is the character of Ego intersecting with Marvel Comics' version of Jason of Spartax.
On the other hand, it is sounding like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is going to be a hell of a lot of fun, as we dig deeper into what makes the Guardians the Guardians. And we really can't wait to meet Mantis...
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