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James Gunn on ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Sequel’s Star-Lord and Thanos Plans

Even as Guardians of the Galaxy rages on in theaters, director James Gunn already has his eyes on the sequel.

In an extensive interview with Empire, the writer/director spilled the beans on some of his plans for the 2017 follow-up, including the big mystery surrounding Star-Lord’s true parentage. Who is Peter Quill’s father? We’ll find out when Guardians of the Galaxy 2 rolls around, but for now, Gunn is happy to confirm it’s not J’son of Spartax, as it is in Marvel comics lore.

“There have been a lot of documents passed around about who Peter Quill’s father is between a select two or three of us,” he said. “That’s been part of the plan since the beginning, that’s something I had to work out before we shot the screenplay. We wanted to make sure Yondu’s place in everything made sense and it does, so it’s all very specific stuff. It’s definitely not the character who it is in the comics, I’ll say that much.”

It sounds like Quill’s father will be a major factor in the sequel, but another Guardians heavyweight could be sitting out of the picture. According to Gunn, Thanos will only appear in the sequel “if he helps our story and he will not show up at all if he is not.”

“Thanos is not the most important thing in Guardians 2, that’s for damn sure,” he said. “There’s the Guardians themselves and other threats the Guardians are going to be facing that are not Thanos.”

Read the full Empire interview for more, including Gunn’s thoughts on Howard the Duck.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 arrives on July 28, 2017.


  • Jose Luis Almanza

    They are going to have to work very hard to not be viewed as a starwars knockoff.
    Thanos: “Peter, I am your father”
    Peter: “NOOOO!!!”

  • DaddyX

    Seems to me if Yondu’s a factor, maybe an original GotG member/character could be the father…

  • JP

    How about Starhawk?

  • Bryan

    Yea, makes you wonder why he would mention Yondu when talking about his father. Maybe that’s why Yondu wasn’t pissed off at Star Lord at the end?

  • Magnaz

    What if it’s Adam Warlock

  • synnerman

    From the mom’s description, It seems like his father is Starhawk.

  • Superkreep

    I’m actually glad that Gunn is going in a different direction than J’Son. From what we’ve seen of him he isn’t a very memorable character and both Bendis and Hickman have tried really hard to push him as some important figure, but he’s still basically a bore. After having so many current run GotG issues dedicated to them, it’s pretty safe to say that the whole Spartax Emprie angle was better left a brief mention in the comics rather than explored in such great detail. Giffen and DnA were right to basically leave it as a resolved and unimportant issue when they brought Star Lord back to comics, he became an instant classic thanks to that. Bendis’ whole shiny pretty boy “Star Lord: the Runaway Prince” who every issue says: “My Daddy is a mean old man! He hates my friends, and is trying to make me take over the family business.” has weighed down the comics from issue #1 and is best kept FAR away from the movie version GotG.

    I agree that a GotG member from the original 70/90’s run could be cool. Starhawk looks pretty “angelic”, he’d certainly match Meredith Quill’s descriptions. Also, the idea that Thanos’ brother Eros the former Avenger Starfox could be interesting. Starfox shares a bunch of personality traits with Star-Lord (flirty and playful) and is directly connected to Thanos and had big moments during the Infinity Gauntlet. Whatever the case as long is it’s not Bendis’ generic and snore inducing J’Son it’s all good!

  • CB

    Anything concerning Bendis stories is best left out of the movies.
    I was cringing at the thought of Rocket saying Blam, I murdered you!
    other than that comic gem, his Guardians are all one dimensional cyphers, acting out stories that any character can be plugged into.

  • Tophman

    Actually I read that as Yondu being proud (as a surrogate father would be) of Peter since he stuck to his guns, did the right thing, and actually gamed him into leaving without the Orb.

  • Tophman

    Based on the little breadcrumbs (hint from the mom, Yondu’s comment at the end), I wouldn’t be surprised if it was indeed Adam Warlock (as Magnaz guessed) since it fits the ‘ancient race’ aspect that ‘hasn’t been seen in ages’ aspect. He is kinda cosmic-y so glowing is not out of the question (specially if he has the Soul Gem-er… Stone).

    Personally, as long as it’s within the Guardians of the Galaxy mythos, I’m up for it. Just make sure Cosmo has his Tp & Tk by the sequel. ;)

  • peds

    Adam Warlock 100%
    They did say that the father is a strong and an old being and we saw Warlock’s cocoon in the Collection.

  • peds

    But Starhawk does make the most sense.

  • beano

    Be a bit uncomfortable if it were warlock..what with his romantic connection to gamora in the comics

  • Anubiz632

    Bendis has ruined Guardians for me. I dropped the book from my
    pull list.

  • Brendon Freshner

    And to top it off, gave him another toy to stick on his control panel, “all lined up”

  • Richard Philip Schneider III

    is thanos ever going to be important then? He doesn’t seem like a huge threat or even that powerful, just sitting in his throne the whole time doing nothing.