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"You abducted me, man. You stole me from my home and from my family!"
"You don't give a damn about your Terra!"
Star-Lord and Yondu Udonta[src]

The Kidnapping of Peter Quill was an attempt by Yondu Udonta's Ravager faction, acting on orders from Ego, to abduct Peter Quill.

Background

"The Expansion... the reason for my very existence would be over. So, I did what I had to do. But... it broke my heart to put that tumor in her head."
Ego to Star-Lord[src]

In 1980, a Celestial named Ego visited Earth and conceived a child with Meredith Quill, who later named her newborn son Peter. Eight years later, Ego hired Yondu Udonta and his faction of outlaws to retrieve Peter for him.[2]

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Meredith Quill on her deathbed

By that time, Peter knew very little about his birth father except for the stories that Meredith told him, in which she described him as an "angel". Peter grew close to Meredith, who called him her "little Star-Lord" and gave him a cassette that he constantly played on his Walkman.

Their peaceful life was soon shattered when Meredith was diagnosed with brain cancer, which was caused by a tumor Ego had inserted into her head, and hospitalized. After learning about Meredith's terminal condition, Peter's grandfather and other family members came to be with Meredith in her final days.[1]

Kidnapping

Young Peter Quill

Peter Quill is abducted by Yondu's Ravager Clan

"Yondu was the guy who abducted me, kicked the crap out of me so I could learn to fight, and kept me in terror by threatening to eat me."
"Eat you?"
"Yeah."
Star-Lord and Ego[src]

While visiting Meredith in her last hours, Peter was presented with a gift and a letter before watching as she passed away. He was then escorted out by his grandfather, who went back into the room to be with her. A saddened Peter ran outside and wept openly as Yondu's M-ship descended from the sky and prepared to abduct him.[1]

Aftermath

"Guess I should be glad I was a skinny kid. Otherwise, you’d have delivered me to this maniac."
"You still reckon that’s the reason I kept you around, you idiot?"
"That’s what you told me, you old doofus."
"Once I figured out what happened to them other kids… I wasn’t just gonna hand you over."
Star-Lord and Yondu Udonta[src]

Yondu neglected Ego's orders and raised Peter as his own son, teaching him to become a master thief. By 2014, Peter had adopted his mother's nickname and was known throughout the galaxy as Star-Lord.

Following the Battle of Xandar, Peter opened Meredith's gift to find a second cassette for his Walkman, which was entitled Awesome Mix Vol. 2.[1]

Appearances

In chronological order:

References