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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!"
Yondu Udonta and Star-Lord[src]
The Kidnapping of Peter Quill was an attempt by Yondu Udonta's Ravager faction, who were under orders from Ego, to abduct Peter Quill from Earth.

Background

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.[1]

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Meredith 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 gifted him with a "cassette" that he constantly played on his Walkman.

Their peaceful life, however, was 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 condition, Peter's grandfather and other family members came to be with her in her final days.[2]

Kidnapping

Young Peter Quill

Peter in the moments before his abduction

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.[2]

Aftermath

"Why would you risk your life for this?"
"My mother gave it to me. My mom liked sharing with me all the pop songs that she loved growing up. I happened to have it on me when I was... the day that she... You know, when I left Earth."
Gamora and Star-Lord[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.[2]

Appearances

In chronological order:

References