MCU Fan Theory: Star Lord’s Father Is Mar-Vell

Well, he is an alien…

With a world so expansive and interconnected as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are bound to be a few unanswered questions here and there. One of the biggest mysteries revolves around the hero of Guardians of the Galaxy: the one and only Peter Quill. In the film, we discover that Yondu was contracted by Quill’s father to pick him up after his mother’s death. Yondu backed out of that deal, however, and Quill spent his years as a space pirate turned treasure hunter under the self given alias of “Star Lord.”

We know for a fact that Star Lord’s father will factor into the sequel, and there’s a fan theory going around that guesses that identity of that person and how they fit into the greater MCU.

So, what’s the theory?

In a nutshell? That Star Lord’s father is the original Captain Marvel, the Kree known as “Mar-Vell.”

While it was originally revealed as a “scoop” by Umberto Gonzalez on Heroic Hollywood, it’s also been posted as a fan theory by Reddit user “Neodrayki,”


“Gunn has mentioned that we saw StarLord’s father before.

Peter’s mom said his father was “an angel.” In AoS, Kree (like Mar-Vell) were referred to as Angels.

The only thing that doesn’t fit is that Nova Prime said his father was “something ancient” they have never seen there. That could be some sort of influence of the Nega bands though.

And c’mon, look at that picture.”

How well thought out is this theory?


Actually, pretty well thought out. Mar-Vell was indeed a Kree in the Marvel universe and his powers extended to super strength, flight, energy blasts, solar energy absorption, and invulnerability. So, if Star Lord is in fact Mar-Vell’s son, then he’d have some of those abilities passed down from his father… which would perfectly explain why he’d be able to hold the orb of power without being instantly fried.

So… could this theory be true?

James Gunn

Well, not if James Gun has anything to say about it. Right after the theory started going around the interwebs, he posted on Facebook and he seemed none too pleased people were talking about it:

“All right. From this moment on I’m going to stop commenting on any rumors surrounding Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, because, eventually, someone is going to come up with a spoiler that has some truth to it. That said, the rumors surrounding Quill’s parentage at the present moment are completely false, and aren’t even close to the truth. I don’t know how people come up with this stuff, but it certainly isn’t through legitimate sources.

Also, I get the desire to get “scoops” on character inclusion and casting choices, etc. But since when is a plot spoiler a “scoop”? Is this really what fandom wants to know? Plot details in movies ahead of time? I got in this business because I love movies, and I think most film journalists are the same way. And spoiling plot details doesn’t add to the enjoyment of the film-going experience. So bravo to those folks out there who don’t partake in this sort of thing.

But, as I said, eventually someone will actually spoil some detail of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. So this will be my last comment squelching a rumor until May 2017. But if you do pick up on some plot detail between now and then, be aware, A) They are likely full of shit, as has been everyone so far who has claimed to have had inside info, and B) We’re creating a film that doesn’t rely on plot twists to be an enjoyable experience. They’re only a very small part of what we’re cooking up for you.


Could James Gunn be lying?

Unlike some other directors, Gunn is very blunt and honest when it comes to his work. It’s possible the rumor struck a little too close to home, but we’re willing to bet his denial is accurate. There’s even been a twitter battle between Gunn and Gonzalez over the whole thing.

So… as far as how likely this theory is… we’re going to go with not very. But, hey, you never know.


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