Guardians of the Galaxy concludes with Chris Pratt’s character, Star-Lord, being revealed to actually be half human, by Glenn Close’s character, the leader of Nova Corps. It is further noted that the other half of Star-Lord’s heritage is in fact a mysterious, unspecified and ancient alien race.
While the traditional Marvel Comic Universe actually has Peter Quill’s Father to be J’son of Spartax, the emperor of the Spartax Empire, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and awesome director, James Gunn, will in fact be establishing Star-Lord’s Father to a completely different character, with the Guardians director stating,
“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 about the revelation of who it is; it’s about what his relationship is to that character.”
It seems that Star-Lord’s Father will in fact play a bigger role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it pertains to the Guardians of the Galaxy and those related space epic stories coming our way. While the Guardians of the Galaxy movie has in fact already deviated from the comic universe, the sequel will deviate even further from the comic universe, with the next movie establishing Star-Lord’s Father to be none other than Starhawk.
Now to be fair, this has not been released by the movie’s producers or leaked from the preproduction script, but rather this is the humble opinion and work product of this article’s writer, but here are the reasons in support of this theory:
The first reference the viewer gets with respect to Peter Quill’s Father is from his Mother on her death bed in which she states that Peter’s father was an “angel” and “composed of pure light”.
Even though the Marvel Comic and Cinematic Universe will indeed often take different paths and approaches to certain characters, Marvel.com’s says that Starhawk can generate luminous energy for various purposes, by surrounding himself with light. This light and illumination can be slight or it can also be of a blinding intensity. Starhawk has the ability to shoot beams of light as flares and he can also shift his light beam’s frequency, while also being able to generate intense heat beams, as well as coherent light beams capable of striking their targets with a tremendous concussive force. Starhawk also has the ability to levitate or fly at great speeds.
So a Guardians of the Galaxy fan could see how easy it would be for Peter’s Mother to come to the conclusion that Starhawk or Peter’s Father was like an angel composed of pure energy. Likewise, Starhawk is also known as “The Light” as well as “The Giver of Light”.
Next we come to the fact that Yondu as played by Michael Rooker, became Peter’s Guardian for years after failing to deliver the boy to his Father. The question asked is easily, why would Yondu not deliver the boy who is also referred to in the movie as ‘cargo’ for the money he would be worth, if there wasn’t a special relationship somehow existing between the boy and Yondu or between Yondu and the boy’s Father? In the Marvel Comic Universe, Yondu and Starhawk are actually team members of the futuristic Guardians of the Galaxy and James Gunn, has been quoted as saying how fond he actually is of Starhawk as a character.
Likewise, we also see Yondu say that Peter’s father was a jackass and as Starhawk is known as, “The One Who Knows” in the Marvel comic Universe, Yondu obviously knows him or of him enough to be able to have an opinion of Starhawk as a know-it-all and stuck up jackass. But as these two characters are so intimately linked in the comic universe, that it is not and would certainly not be hard to extend this relationship into the cinematic universe. To be honest, it really does make sense.
By the same token, when Nova Prime reveals that Peter is only half human, the other half is referred to as “something ancient”, which has never been seen before. While Starhawk was in the comic universe, born in our current time frame, he is likewise only half human, with an incredibly long lifespan who is capable of being continually reborn, thus the reference to an ancient race.
It is also interesting to note that James Gunn, recently sent out a social media image with names of potential chracters and hints as to who Star-Lord’s Father was, with the name of Martinex clearly written. Martinex is in fact a fellow team member of both Yondu and Starhawk in the comic universe’s Guardians of the Galaxy team. So his name appearing on Gunn’s list is a hint that would seem to naturally point to and strengthen the theory that Starhawk is in fact Peter Quill’s Father and related to both Yondu and Martinex.
While only time will tell, I will be placing all of my chips on Starhawk appearing not only as a new character in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy sequal, slated to be released in 2017, but also as Star-Lord’s Father.
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Written by: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, as well as a science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. Tye is a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art, and he currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the Staff Family Mediator. Tye also serves on the Board of the Legal Aid Society of Osceola County, with a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine. You can visit Tye on Facebook as well as at www.thelightersideofscifi.com and you can also send him your thoughts and story/article ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.