The Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 has been marketed by Marvel as being a movie about family values. The one thing that they kept secret was the movie’s real villain. Throughout the whole movie, it was assumed that Ayesha was the villain but it soon comes to light that she was not the true villain. The real baddie turns out to be [shocker] Peter Quill’s father Ego The Living Planet.
Ego comes into the film as a friendly face, a dream for Peter Quill who has expectations and dreams for a father he never met. Ego, the celestial being that he is, manipulates Peter Quill into the propaganda that he has harbored throughout his existence. The living planet had become so after having the desire to find life. Having been unsatisfied with the flaws of the species he made, he transformed himself into a planet.
Ego travels around the universe, planting his seed in various species, including in Peter Quill’s mother Meredith. When all his children come of age, he has Yondu transport them to him, where he tests their celestial powers. When they failed to have that ability, he mercilessly kills them. Peter is the only one of his children who has connected to his celestial powers.
In the comics, Ego The Living Planet does not have much to do with the Guardians Of The Galaxy, having more interaction with the Fantastic Four. As we had reported earlier, James Gunn had made a deal with Fox Studios to get his hands on the character of Ego. And he was onto something with that exchange. Star-Lord’s real father in the comics was a part of a royal family, but that seemed too complicated to take on in the movies. Having Ego be a part of the movie transformed the film into something more reasonable.