When Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters back in August, fans were left with a few unanswered questions that will likely be answered in the impending sequel Guardians of the Galaxy 2. The biggest question on the fans' minds is the identity of Star-Lord's (Chris Pratt) father, which was teased a few times during the superhero adventure but never fully revealed. In the Marvel comics, Star-Lord's father is J'son, but director James Gunn revealed in August that Peter Quill's father will be different than the comics.
During an interview with IGN for the Blu-ray and DVD release on December 9, James Gunn revealed he doesn't want to build up the mystery, with the reveal of Peter Quill's father actually servicing the story.
"It's funny, I don't want to blackbox it too much. You know what I mean? Yeah, it's like, we'll find out who is dad is, and it's going to serve the story. It's not going to be something like in The Crying Game, though, where the big thing was, 'He has a penis!' [or The Sixth Sense's big twist]. I don't want to do that. It's not about the revelation of who it is; it's about what his relationship is to that character."
When asked why he wanted to change the identity of Star-Lord's father, the filmmaker had this to say, hinting that the sequel will deviate even more from the original comics.
"I just thought there was a more interesting way to go for the cinematic universe that was more believable. There's things in the comic that on film were a little too Star Wars for me. And I'm not a big fan of the name J'son. [Laughs]"
Naturally, he wouldn't say who the father is yet, and it isn't known if the filmmaker will use an existing character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or if he will take another Marvel character from the comics and give him a different origin in the MCU as Star-Lord's dad. The director also spoke about how the sequel will be completely different from the original.
"It's not about recapturing it because Guardians of the Galaxy was really good at what it did. It is what it is. So it's not about recapturing it. It's about taking the characters in new directions and learning new things about them. I think for 30 years a lot of Hollywood movies have been treating the audiences like they're idiots. We didn't. We know it's fun, and we're not against having a good dumb time - seeing explosions and stuff like that - but at the heart of it, I think there's this basic respect for the humanity of the audience involved and a respect for the characters and the storytelling. I think that people like that."
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