At last week's San Diego Comic-Con, fans were plenty stunned when James Gunn revealed who Peter Quill's (Chris Pratt) father was in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2. Many had figured that the mystery surrounding this revelation would drive much of the plot of the film, and be one of the central questions to be answered. Then Gunn showed up and revealed that Kurt Russell was playing Quill's father, and that his character was actually Ego the Living Planet.
So that's that, right? They just blew a major surprise and sucked a lot of the fun out of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2.
Well, maybe not...
According to Gunn, in a heartfelt Facebook post, he explains why they revealed who Quill's father was at Comic-Con and why you should be okay with it:
"WHY THE IDENTITY OF STAR-LORD'S FATHER ISN'T A SPOILER
Don't read any further if you don't want to know who he is.
Also you might want to stay off the internet until May and definitely unfollow me and don't watch our trailers or other ads...
Anyway, people have been particularly excited, confused, and supportive of keeping Marvel Cosmic truly cosmic with the reveal of Peter Quill's father's identity. However, there have been a minority of folks who have questioned, and even been angry, that I and Marvel would reveal something so major months before the film comes out.
I get it. If we lived in a perfect world, I wouldn't tell you ANYTHING before you walked in to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I wouldn't tell you Groot was now Baby Groot, I wouldn't tell you Mantis was in the movie, I wouldn't say that Ayesha and Taserface are our antagonists, that Yondu and Nebula have incredibly important roles in the film, nor would I tell you that Quill's father is Ego the Living Planet.
However, the world is imperfect.
Firstly, we have to advertise our film. And it will be impossible to show you very much of Vol. 2 since Ego is very much a part of all of it. We just don't have a way around it.
Secondly, there are journalists online who love giving you scoops about characters and plot twists in upcoming films. Ego is such a big part of the movie, this was going to come out soon, as much as we've tried to hide it (when our online press day happened on set, Kurt Russell sat in a chair that read "J'son," and all of our script pages and artwork featuring him used the same name). Frankly, I would rather be in control of the announcement myself than have it come out on SpoilersRUs.com in a few weeks.
That said, knowing who Quill's father is will not diminish your enjoyment of the film in any way. The story is not built to be a shocking twist in the same way Luke's father was Darth, Soylent Green was people, Rosebud was a sled, or that that pretty woman from Crying Game had a penis (I guess I should have said spoilers before all that). Ego is the emotional center of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 from the beginning to the end, and is not a twist.
And believe me - there are many, many more surprises we still have in store for you from Vol. 2 - hopefully the biggest of which is how much you'll love the movie itself. Because, to me, that's the only twist that matters.
Ordinarily, I would spend a paragraph analyzing the above quote and adding my two cents. But I don't think that's necessary this time, as Gunn seems to have nailed it here.
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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 comes out on Cinco de Mayo, 2017.