The critical and fan consensus for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a whopping "I am Groot," which translates to "pretty great sequel," with some fans even preferring it over the original 2014 hit. Now that the Jack Kirby afterglow has subsided, however, we have some glaring plot holes to discuss.
Right after seeing Vol. 2, I had no choice but to overthink just about everything having to do with Ego the Living Planet, played by Kurt Russell as the father of Peter Quill (Star-Lord, legendary outlaw). Specifically, I was curious about the exposition he gives his son over the course of the movie's second act, because let's be honest: a ton of it does not add up.
In a new video I did for my channel, Jon In Theory, I explore Ego's motivations in spoilery detail, getting to the bottom of a few questions I've had since the first Guardians of the Galaxy, especially when it comes to Yondu and the Ravagers being entrusted with Peter's capture:
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The gist of this entire theory is that Ego the Living Planet is an unreliable narrator. He never really loved Meredith Quill, but he knows that convincing Peter otherwise will help him turn Star-Lord into a battery for his galactic conquest.
And I think it's consistent with the comics and the movie's own internal logic that Ego doesn't fully grasp the concept of love, anyway. He's a living planet who's obsessed with turning everyone else into him — that doesn't really sound like the sort of whirlwind romance he had with Meredith, and in Vol. 2, he doesn't even seem conflicted about "putting that tumor in her."
Of course, Ego does tell Peter that the reason for all this is because he didn't want to be tempted into returning to Earth, thus losing his power. But I found that to be extraordinarily questionable. As I point out in the video:
If Meredith is the one person who has given birth to a child that has the right genetics for Ego to charge his planet, then why kill her off and put all your hopes into one child? In the movie, Ego claims he loved Meredith too much and wanted to keep himself from staying on Earth forever, which is alarming for multiple reasons. If that’s really the case, then why not take Meredith back with him to his planet, especially if that means he can keep having “battery children” with her?
There's no reason for Ego not to take Meredith back with him. That goes for all of the lovers he's had over the centuries. Are we really supposed to believe that he cared about Meredith over all of them? Especially after he admits to killing her?
This video covers plenty of other theories and explanations for Vol. 2, including the proposed rationale behind trusting Yondu and the Ravagers to capture young Peter Quill. Watch the full video on YouTube and read the original theory on jonnegroni.com.
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