We know Peter Quill/Star-Lord’s father in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2’ turns out to be Ego the Living Planet. We also know that film veteran Kurt Russell is playing Ego. And from the trailers, we’ve seen Russell in human form greeting his long lost son. So… how?
As readers of the comics know, Ego is literally a living planet. Like, a full-sized planet with a face and everything. But that isn’t quite the approach director James Gunn chose to take in the movie.
While promoting his other new movie, ‘The Belko Experiment’, which he wrote, Gunn addressed his approach to Ego, saying:
“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.”
In further ‘Guardians 2’ info, Gunn says that Marvel Studios gave him carte blanche in making this sequel. We know the Guardians will be in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, but that had no impact on Gunn’s vision for his sequel. In fact, Gunn commented on the Guardians’ involvement, saying “You know listen, I don’t think we should overstate things that it is an Avengers movie, but the Guardians are a part of the cosmic universe, they’re a part of Thanos’ stories, so, they are in there, and they have, not the biggest, but, an integral part to that.”
But in regard to Marvel’s involvement in his ‘Guardians’ films, he stated:
“It’s a very self-enclosed story, so I deal with the Marvel guys every day on where we’re going forward, but basically the story GOTG Vol. 2 is about the Guardians and it has no connection to the rest of the Marvel universe and none were ever mandated. So where it ends up is what anybody would have to deal with after that. I think people in general probably overestimate the amount of overall planning there is with the Marvel universe. At the end of the day, we’re telling a longform story that has many different moving parts and within those stories there’s a lot of freedom to do what you want. And I’ve been lucky in that the most creatively fulfilling freeing experience I’ve ever had making a film has been on Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Without a doubt.
Because at the end of the day any choice was mine, if there’s ever a disagreement we go in my direction. The entire story was written by me alone in a room back in August 2014, and it stayed that way from the very beginning. I have the budget to do everything I want to do creatively. It’s an incredibly personal film for me. It feels strange when it’s a movie about a talking raccoon and a bunch of aliens and space battles, but to me it’s a personal story, which seems to be something so far that the audiences have seemed to understand immediately.”
And lest you think that for whatever bizarre reason that ‘Guardians’ would be a two-part story and not the typical trilogy, Gunn stated:
“There will be a Guardians 3, that’s for sure. We’re trying to figure it out. I’m trying to figure out what I want to do really, that’s all it is. I got to figure out where I want to be, what I want to spend the next three years of my life doing. You know, I’m going to make another big movie; is it the Guardians or something else? I’m just going to figure it out over the next couple of weeks. “
‘Guardians’ was an anomaly when it comes to the Marvel Studios movies. It doesn’t directly tie into the ‘Avengers’ brand, although ‘Infinity War’ may change that. And yet it was a phenomenon at the box office, even without connecting to the other existing films. Gunn and the cast tapped into a sense of fun that captured the attention of the movie-going public.
Are you looking forward to more ‘Guardians’ on the big screen?