Peter Quill is the son of earthling Meredith Quill and king of the Spartoi Empire, J’son, although he abandons Earth long before Peter is born. Peter is brought up by Meredith on her own, but, when he is just a teenager, a Badoon spaceship attacks his home trying to kill the heir of Spartoi. His mother dies and he escapes by the skin of his teeth. As a traumatised orphan, he goes from refuge to refuge. When he comes of age, Lisa Chang, an old friend of his mother and captain of the first human colonisation mission, gets him a job as a mechanic for NASA since he’s always been drawn to the stars. However, thanks to his problems with authority, when they are about to kick him out, he steals a Kree spaceship and escapes from Earth with no intention to return.
Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t take long for his spaceship to break down and he ends up in the hands of the Yondu Looters, who he tries to deceive in order to steal their ship. Realising that he is nothing more than a homeless kid like himself, Yondu takes him in among his pirates and Peter decides that he won’t learn more in any other place. After a few years travelling with them, he finally meets his father J’son. J’son wants Peter to take up the position he’s entitled to by his father’s side as Starlord and heir of the Spartoi Empire, helping him with his galactic conquest. But Peter rejects the offer because being a prince doesn’t exactly fit with his personality, which of course does not please J’son, but, he does stick with the name Starlord because he likes the way it sounds.
From that moment on, Peter goes wherever the common people of the galaxy need his help and faces great empires that try to dominate everything. It is in these battles, first against Annihilus and later against the Phalanx Empire of Ultron, that he meets the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy, the group that he founds and leads. With them he will travel to the future and to parallel universes like Cancerverse, where death doesn’t exist, and when the time comes they will even help the king of Spartax, capital of the Spartoi. It’s impossible to flee from destiny, however much Peter tries.
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Peter Quill is a rebel, and often with good reason. He doesn’t respect authority and he won’t accept anything that’s imposed on him unless it’s good for him. Although on occasions he may seem selfish and self-centred, he will never let anyone suffer by his fault, and he will never leave anyone behind. Starlord is somewhat vain and sure of himself and his abilities, so much so that he sometimes puts himself at risk unnecessarily. However, he is also quite carefree and cheerful so he doesn’t easily get annoyed. It’s true that his mother’s death affects him a lot and leaves a gaping hole inside, that he tries to fill with memories of his childhood and makes him somewhat inept when it comes to strong interpersonal relationships. With all this, Peter always does the right thing, even if he does it in quite an unorthodox way.
Friends and Enemies
Peter’s nomadic character means that he’s come across a good number of friends and enemies. Among his friends are the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Gamora, Drax, Groot, Mantis and Rocket, but he’s also spent time with the X-men and with them he’s lived quite a few galactic adventures. In fact, one of Peter’s most stable partners, who he ends up marrying, is the mutant Kitty Pryde. Finally, it’s important to mention his relationship with the Avengers, who he fights with on multiple occasions, especially an Iron-Man who travels with the Guardians for a while, Yondu, who is more of a father to him than his true father, J’Son, and Nova Prime.
Evidently, he also has a few enemies. You can’t be a galactic hero without having faced Thanos and the Sh’iar Empire a few times. On the other hand, his aversion to authority means that J’son has been the antagonist in his adventures more than once. Finally, it’s worth highlighting that the Guardians fought against the invasion of the Cancerverse (a universe where death does not exist), which was trying to take control of all of reality.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
It is an absolute truth that Marvel gets its castings right, but the story of how Chris Pratt became Peter Quill reflects the perfection of Sarah Finn’s great work leading casting for the MCU. Sarah proposed choosing Chris Pratt as Starlord to James Gunn five times but James didn’t want him to even come to the casting. Despite this, Sarah brought him to the casting and the director got really angry when he saw a name that he considered a waste of time on the list. But his anger didn’t last long because it only took a few minutes to convince him that Chris Pratt had been born to play this role.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Chris Pratt’s brilliant acting as Starlord was a significant factor in the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, although Groot (Vin Diesel) and Drax (Dave Bautista) aren’t far behind. The presentation of the Marvel cosmic universe was a surprise, but the success that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is having in reviews and with the public should no longer surprise anybody. If we add to the recipe of the first film new renowned actors like Kurt Russel (as Ego) and Sylvester Stallone (as Stakar), doubly-improved aesthetics and 80s music, and a more polished and sentimental story, it’s natural that the final product is a strong competitor for the throne of best Marvel film of all time.
We’ll see what happens when Starlord and his cohort come together with the rest of the superheroes in Avengers: Infinity War.
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Peter’s powers – at least in the comics he does have some – come from his half Spartoi physiology. This alien race is very human-like in appearance, but they are more like Spartans in their devotion to the physical body. It’s for this reason that Peter enjoys greater resistance, agility and strength than the average human, and is able to withstand several shots and continue fighting and defeat enemies that appear to be stronger than him. If he were to decide to train physically he could become stronger than any human, but that doesn’t seem likely. On top of this, Starlord is a brilliant pilot, a trained marksman and a great leader and strategist.
Han Solo but in company
The parallels between Han Solo and Peter Quill are many, and their personalities are extremely similar. Both are space cowboys and unlikely heroes that go against the norms for bounty hunters by caring for things beyond themselves. Peter also stands out for his 80s aesthetics which he makes a show of and for being a tad less independent than Han Solo, but, above all, for being much, much more fun and optimistic.
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