As excited as I am for James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, one of the things I'm most looking forward to seeing is Kurt Russell as Peter Quill's dad, Ego the Living Planet. We got our first look at him in the footage screened at Comic-Con, and it looks like he was a fun character for Gunn to play with. That footage has yet to be released, but here's a description of it that I previously posted.
He showed up near the end of the trailer as he emerged from an oval shaped ship and introduced to himself to Star-Lord as Ego, his father. Ego says, “After all these years, I’ve found you," to which Star-Lord responds, “Who the hell are you?” Ego hit him back with, “I figured my rugged good looks would make that obvious. My name’s Ego and I’m your dad, Peter.”
Ego went on to explain to Peter that he's not human and that he created a human body for himself. “I created what I imagined biological life would be like, down to the most minute detail,” he said. He came to Earth to experience what it was like to be human.
Drax hilariously asked him, "Did you make a penis?" Peter and his team of Guardians react with annoyance, and Star-Lord says that he doesn’t need to hear about how he was conceived. But of course Drax pushes for the answer, and Ego happily obliges with, “Yes, Drax, I’ve got a penis.” Then Drax thanks him.
Russell recently did an interview with comingsoon for his upcoming film Deepwater Horizon, and during that interview, he was asked about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and if there was anything he could say about it, and he talked about his experience working on the film:
"Yes, it's gonna be good! James Gunn is really on top of it. Chris Pratt's cool, the whole crew, the whole cast... they were all real nice. And I was really excited when I read this character, it was the opportunity to play someone that I think is... Ego the Living Planet. It might be the best name of a character that I ever got a shot at. But yeah, that Marvel and Disney bunch, they know what they're doing and James Gunn is leading the way. So, I think it's gonna be terrific. I hope it is. I've seen some of it at Comic-Con it was, it really kind of jumped off the screen. There's some great stuff in it, and I hold high hopes for it, and it was fun!"
I think it's safe to say every fan of the first film has high hopes for it. Personally, my expectations are high, and I believe Gunn has the ability to give us something so incredible that it will blow us away. As far as Russell goes, it looks to me like he is the perfect choice for the role, and I can't wait to see how his character it utilized in the story.
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
The movie hits theaters on May 5th, 2017.