James Gunn Finally Reveals What Kurt Russell’s Doing In Guardians 2

If you didn’t know that Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn also happens to be a writer, look no further than his Facebook page for proof of his rambling way with words. Following last weekend’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Gunn took to Facebook and shared all the crucial details with fans who weren’t able to attend the event. (Sadly, you’ll have to wait a while to see those three exclusive clips that screened at Comic-Con.) Most importantly, he finally answered one of the most burning questions in all of superherodom: What’s Kurt Russell doing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?


As you may have already heard, Gunn confirmed that Russell is playing Peter Quill’s father, contradicting an inaccurate November “spoiler” from Bradley Cooper. Marvel buffs will be especially intrigued to learn that Quill’s father is none other than Ego the Living Planet. “Yeah, his dad is a planet,” Gunn wrote. “Sort of. It will all be explained in the film. But to me, this is the absolute center of Vol. 2, and one of the reasons I’ve been so excited about it.”


Gunn went on to explain that the absurdity of Rocket Raccoon is what drew him to the series in the first place—and Ego is a logical extension of that. “Ego seemed, in many ways, like an even more ridiculous character,” he explained. “But I asked myself, if a planet was alive, how could that be? And how could it father a child? The answers to those questions took me to a far deeper place that I expected. I don’t want to give away too many answers at this time. But what Nova Prime said about Peter’s father at the end of Vol. 1 is certainly true—he is something ancient and unknown.”

Finally, Gunn offered praise for the ’80s legend responsible for playing Ego: “I can’t wait for you guys to see Kurt Russell bring this character to life onscreen. It has been a rapturous experience creating Ego with him. We have both pushed ourselves as far as we can go in making him real, and grounded, and emotionally centered.”

For a more detailed recap, be sure to read Gunn’s post in its entirety—and watch highlights from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 panel below.