Who Is Star-Lord’s Father? Well, We Know Who It Isn’t

Sorry, J'son fans.

Spoilers, yo.

One of the major questions that the end of “Guardians of the Galaxy” left us with — besides “Why did that movie have to end, and why am I sad now?” — was “Who is Peter Quill’s father?” Yondu’s (Michael Rooker) revelation that he originally abducted Quill (Chris Pratt) from Earth with the intention of delivering him to his non-Terran father kicked off a mystery that many comic book fans decided wasn’t a mystery at all.

That’s because in the books, Star-Lord’s dad is J’son of Spartax, a royal galactic d-bag, with Quill more recently playing the role of rebellious prince. But wouldn’t that be kind of lame if we waited three years for an answer to the question, and it was on Wikipedia this whole time?

Yes. Yes, it would.

Thankfully, James Gunn is smart enough to know not to revolve a mystery around a known fact, and the director has confirmed to Empire that J’son isn’t the father to Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill.

“It’s definitely not the character who it is in the comics, I’ll say that much,” Gunn told the magazine.

As Gunn previously revealed, a small group of people, which includes his brother, Sean, Kevin Feige and Michael Rooker, know the identity of Star-Lord Sr., and it was something that was decided a long time ago.

“There have been a lot of documents passed around about who Peter Quill’s father is between a select two or three of us,” Gunn 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.”

So who could be Star-Lord’s dad? I mean, short of all the Terrans we’ve met thus far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it could be pretty much anyone, but here are a few names that might make for interesting father figures.

Adam Warlock

This is probably the biggest fan theory out there. People who know the “Guardians” comic book run from 2008 expect Warlock to make an appearance at some point in the movie series, and this seems like a perfectly convenient way to introduce him. Also, with the Infinity Stones taking on a bigger and bigger role in the MCU, the keeper of the Soul Gem seems bound to show up.

Captain Marvel

Here’s an interesting idea. With the perpetual rumor of an inevitable Ms./Captain Marvel floating around, this could be a streamlined way to introduce that end of the cosmic universe. Mar-Vell is a huge Marvel character that hasn’t even been referenced in the MCU to date, and since the films have been getting more creative with how they approach the source material, Ms. Marvel could end up being a half-sister to Star-Lord. I’d watch that.

An O.G. (Original Guardian)

Since Yondu is a part of this Guardians timeline, there’s no reason why Gunn couldn’t bring in Starhawk or Vance Astro, though technically he is Terran.

Who do you think Peter Quill’s father is? Let us know in the comments below!

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