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"After all these years I found you."
"And who the hell are you?"
"I'm your dad, Peter."
―Ego and Peter Quill[src]

Ego is a Celestial and the father of Star-Lord, who, despite what he had seemed is truly a ruthless and terrifyingly evil monster who desired to conquer the universe for his own pleasure. He is a mysterious adventurer from far parts of the galaxy who has heard the legend of the Guardians of the Galaxy following the Battle of Xandar and has come to meet them for the first time. 

Reunited with his son in 2014, Ego desired to forward his plan to rule the universe by using his son's Celestial genes to terraform the planets he has planted alien seedlings on. Ego's victory was seized by the Guardians of the Galaxy and was ultimately destroyed at their hand.

Biography

Dividing and Conquering

Ego was a member of an ancient, mysterious alien race known as the Celestials that desired to conquer the universe. He tried to achieve this feat by planting extraterrestrial seedlings across different planets in the cosmos. He, in the guise of an individual of the home species of the planets he had encountered across the universe had conceived multiple children in an attempt to terraform the planets and interlink them to his own body, as the mechanism required to activate the seedlings required two individuals with the Celestial gene. When his children had failed to inherit his Celestial DNA, Ego had them and the woman he had impregnated with over the millenia murdered.[1]

Experiences on Earth

"You’re so like your daddy, you even look like him. And he was an angel, composed of pure light..."
Meredith Quill to Peter Quill[src]

In 1980, he visited Earth to plant one of his seeds in the woods of Missouri, United States. He met human Meredith Quill and awed her almost instantly, under the guise of a "spaceman". Ego and Meredith had conceived a child named Peter Quill, who would later go on to inherit Ego's Celestial DNA, becoming the first successful offspring of Ego's to do so. Having no use for Meredith anymore, Ego deliberately triggered a cancer inside her genes, leading to her death in 1988, before leaving Earth. Meredith described him to her son as an "angel," and a being of pure light, which her family seemed to regard as a delusion.[1]

In the weeks leading up to Meredith's death, Ego had hired the Ravagers led by Yondu Udonta to bring his son to him. Udonta, though, remembered him as a jackass, turns out he was right about Ego's true colors. However, Yondu trained Peter Quill to be a Ravager as his protégé instead of delivering him to Ego. In between Meredith's death and the Quest for the Orb, Ego took up a new protégé, Mantis and the two had resided on Ego's planetary form.[1] After the Battle of Xandar, the Nova Corps did an analysis of Peter Quill. Irani Rael commented that Quill's father was something "they had never seen before."[2]

Reunited with Peter Quill

Meeting the Guardians

Conflict with the Guardians of the Galaxy

True Colours Revealed

Battle on Ego's Planet

Personality

When he first meets the Guardians, he seems to be a very lovely, caring and charming being. However, this is only his own cover for his true colors; an extremely powerful, terrifying, manipulative, megalomaniacal, ruthless, destructive, murderous, dark and cold being obsessed with the goal of conquering the universe via his seedlings.

He also cares less about his children and all the woman he has impregnated since all of them are just tool for him to expand his own extension into the galaxy. His ruthlessness also extends to the fact he willing to kill any individual, no matter what the cost, whether it be his own children if they fail to inherit his Celestial power as well, or the impregnated women after they had given birth his children or even the lifeforms inhabiting the planets he desires to control.

Powers and Abilities

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Powers

"I wanted to experience what it was to be human. So I created what I thought a biological being would be like."
―Ego to Peter Quill[src]
  • Avatar Creation: Ego is able to manipulate particles and create avatars in order to travel the universe.[3]
  • Energy Beams: Ego can project energy beams from his fingers that are able to unlock handcuffs.[4]
  • Superhuman Strength: As a member of the Celestials, Ego 's physical strength is at superhuman levels.
  • Superhuman Durability: In addition to his powerful strength, Ego also has superhuman durability which enables him to stand before physical attacks.
  • Seedlings Creation: Ego is able to create alien seedlings in order to terraform the worlds across the universe into his own extensions.
  • Hypnosis: Ego has the ability to hypnotize beings including children into activating his seedlings.

Abilities

  • Genius-Level Intelligence: Ego is a highly intelligent being, to the point of being so smart so he can even outsmart the Guardians into being friends with him.
  • Planet Control: Ego is able to manifest his true planetary form from his own body and can transform it into one separate part of said body.

Relationships

Family

Enemies

Trivia

  • In the comics, Ego is a conscious planet who has been an enemy of Thor and the Nova Corps for a long time.
  • In the comics, Peter Quill's father was J'Son of Spartax, the Emperor of the Spartoi Empire.
  • While Ego was on Earth, he drove an orange and teal convertable. The same colors would later be used by Peter for the Milano.[5]

Behind the Scenes

  • Following the release of the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, only four people knew the identity of Peter Quill's father: James Gunn, Kevin Feige, Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn. James Gunn also confirmed that Jason of Spartax was not intended to be Peter Quill's father as in the comics.[6]
  • James Gunn himself, at the San Diego Comic Con on July 23, 2016, revealed that Ego was Peter Quill's father.[7]
  • 20th Century Fox owned the cinematic rights to Ego the Living Planet, and Marvel Studios, in order to use him in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, traded his right in order to change the powers of Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who was later used in Deadpool.[8] Gunn was unaware that Marvel did not own the character, and was very lucky to have the deal work out: "When I first pitched Ego as Quill's father, I THOUGHT we owned the character. After I had worked out a very elaborate story with Ego the Living Planet as a very important part of the Marvel cosmic universe, I learned that we actually didn't own the character. I had no back up plan, and it would be nearly impossible to just drop another character in. Thank God Fox came to us and wanted to make a trade."[9]
    • Coincidentally, both "Ego the Living Planet" and "Negasonic Teenage Warhead" are names of songs by the band Monster Magnet.
  • Matthew McConaughey was offered to portray the character before Kurt Russell, but he turned it down for The Dark Tower movie.[10]

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