Guardians of the Galaxy: Is Star-Lord Still A Celestial? James Gunn Clarifies

Director and writer James Gunn has provided fans with some insight into the current Celestial status of Star-Lord aka Peter Quill, following the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Is Peter Quill Still Half-Celestial?

Peter Quill In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Peter Quill In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

With Marvel’s latest release Eternals giving fans a further insight into what to expect from the future of the Celestials in the MCU, a Marvel fan has recently pointed out on social media that Peter Quill, being half-Celestial himself, as revealed in the previous installment of Guardians, should actually be the most powerful superhero in the Universe. Gunn countered this argument by revealing that Quill “gave all that up” by the end of the second Guardians of the Galaxy film, suggesting that he is nothing more than an ordinary human being.

Star-Lord Lost His Celestial Abilities In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy

The half-Celestial heritage owned by Quill was revealed in the final moments of Guardians Vol. 1 and was the central focus of the second part of the franchise. In the film, Quill meets his father Ego, who is a powerful Celestial, capable of manipulating matter to form a whole new planet. In fact, Quill himself is shown to inherit that same ability. However, we all came to learn of Ego’s evil ambitions to terraform other planets – including Earth – into becoming extensions of himself, something that might end in the death of millions. The Guardians battle Ego, with Peter even using his father’s powers against him, ultimately killing Ego, at the cost of losing any godlike powers Quill had.

However, Ego’s storyline in the MCU is a major deviation from its comic book material. In the comics, Emperor J’son of Spartax was Quill’s father. J’son was a scheming monarch who didn’t have any spectacular abilities. However, producer Jeremy Latcham also revealed that when he was working on the first Guardians film, he received a memo from Joss Whedon, who helmed the first Avengers film, saying that this particular detail needs to be changed.

“Joss sent me a memo in all caps, ‘IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS: YOU DO NOT HAVE A MOVIE,'” Latcham explained in The Story of Marvel Studios. Whedon insisted that if Star-Lord were made to be actual royalty, audiences would have difficulty relating to him, and that Quill being an ordinary human thrust into a fantastical situation was imperative. “I didn’t want to be developing a movie that was gonna bum him out,” Latcham continued. “It was super heartbreaking because I obviously love and trust Joss.”

The production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has already begun with James Gunn helming the film.

The filming will begin soon and the movie is expected to release on May 5, 2023.

Vasu Sharma
Vasu Sharma

Vasu Sharma is the Content Head at Animated Times, supervising the Editorial Board at Animated Times. He's 25 years old and has done his master's in journalism from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.

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