*** SPOILER ALERT***
“Guardians of the Galaxy” fans who thought they had Peter Quill’s (aka Star-Lord played by Chris Pratt) father figured out will have to set aside the comic book version and keep guessing. Director James Gunn revealed the upcoming sequel “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” will not depict J’son, the Emperor of the Spartoi Empire, as Star-Lord’s father like the comic book suggests. Instead, he and Marvel President Kevin Feige chose a different direction before production on the fist “Guardians” even began.
During his interview with Empire, Gunn admits, “It’s definitely not the character who it is in the comics, I’ll say that much... There have been a lot of documents passed around about who Peter Quill’s father is between a select two or three of us. That’s been part of the plan since the beginning, that’s something I had to work out before we shot the screenplay.”
The talented director also hinted the sequel may fill in the blanks in regards to Yondu’s relationship with Star-Lord. Careful not to give too much away, Gunn said, “We wanted to make sure Yondu’s place in everything made sense and it does, so it’s all very specific stuff." During “Guardian’s” Quill’s dying mother promises his father will return to look after him. The young Star-Lord is then sucked up into a spaceship and the plot flashes forward several years, leaving much of his childhood a mystery.
In addition to exploring Star-Lord’s father in the highly anticipated sequel, Gunn dishes on Thanos’ role in the film. Thanos was first introduced back in 2012 during “The Avengers” end credit scene and only made a brief appearance in “Guardians.” Now, fans will have to wait even longer for more of the greyish-purple hued villain. Gunn explained, "He will show up if he helps our story and he will not show up at all if not. Thanos is not the most important thing in 'Guardians 2,' that's for damn sure. There's the Guardians themselves and other threats the Guardians are going to be facing that are not Thanos."
As for what Thanos is up to other than helming an epic intergalactic war, Gunn says, “I think Thanos has been lonely for a long time. He can handle it. He’s used to his loneliness. He’s got some other kids out there. He’s got to look after them. Nebula’s probably the sweetest of them, which tells you what his kids are like…”
Marvel may be holding out a couple years to hand down Thanos a larger role while subtly fueling his fan base. Way to keep the suspense building, Marvel. As for Star-Lord’s father, what character do you think should swoop in to fill the position? Marvel minions will have wait until July 28th, 2017 when “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” arrives to see how it all plays out.