It's official: Kurt Russell will play Ego the Living Planet, Star-Lord's father, in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2." Russell's character was announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego before a packed Hall H, and some fans have since approached director James Gunn about why he would reveal such an important piece of the plot before the movie hit theaters. Gunn took to Facebook to answer this explain the decision, explaining that he would rather have not shared the information, but he had reasons for doing so.
"Firstly, we have to advertise our film," he wrote. "And it will be impossible to show you very much of 'Vol. 2' since Ego is very much a part of all of it. We just don't have a way around it."
"Secondly, there are journalists online who love giving you scoops about characters and plot twists in upcoming films. Ego is such a big part of the movie, this was going to come out soon, as much as we've tried to hide it (when our online press day happened on set, Kurt Russell sat in a chair that read 'J'son,' and all of our script pages and artwork featuring him used the same name). Frankly, I would rather be in control of the announcement myself than have it come out on SpoilersRUs.com in a few weeks," he added.
"That said, knowing who Quill's father is will not diminish your enjoyment of the film in any way," he explained. "The story is not built to be a shocking twist in the same way Luke's father was Darth, Soylent Green was people, Rosebud was a sled, or that that pretty woman from 'Crying Game' had a penis (I guess I should have said spoilers before all that). Ego the emotional center of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' from the beginning to the end, and is not a twist."
He went on to tease that there would be "many, many more surprises" in the film and that he hoped fans' enjoyment of it would be the biggest one of all, which is "the only twist that matters."