Last year, Moviefone and a group of reporters head to Atlanta to visit the set of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" in an attempt to get as much information as we possibly could about the upcoming Marvel sequel -- especially details on who Kurt Russell was playing.
We've all had our suspicions since the casting was announced, and while Marvel couldn't tell us everything, they told us enough to get us excited about buying our tickets now. Here's what we learned:
1. His name isn't J'son, and James Gunn never lied to you.
"There is no J'son in the MCU," writer-director Gunn told us. "That's just [the name] we're using for now, but he isn't named J'son in the movie."
2. Russell is playing Ego the Living Planet, Star-Lord's father.
And when Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) meets his dad, it is going to have a huge impact on our hero.
"We can all understand how you'd want to meet your dad, if you didn't know who your dad was," Russell said. "You've heard these things about your father, and you've been told certain things by your mother, and now you're trying to put the picture together. When it comes to parents that are missing, we have a tendency to put them on a pedestal, and Peter is living in that world."
Russell went on to say about Ego and Peter's first face-to-face: "To finally have that opportunity to meet that person, and then begin to compare who they had in mind to what they're really getting, is a lot of what we're doing [in this movie]."3. Peter isn't the only one searching for a father-son reunion.
"I'm looking for Peter," Russell answered when asked where his character is when we first meet him. So expect Peter's dad to be on a quest of his own by the time we meet him in the movie. Whether or not he first meets his son in human or planet form remains to be seen.
4. You're (probably) going to love this guy.
"He's no letdown," Russell said. "He has a great adventurous spirit that he shares with his son." Duh.
5. He's ready to kick all the a**.
"He's a fighter," Russell told us. "He's probably used about every weapon you can conceive."
6. We pretty much already know what Ego's personality is like.
"He's a lot like Kurt Russell," Gunn revealed. "He's a very interesting guy, and I think he's a very thoughtful guy and a very gregarious guy. We get to see Kurt Russell in his full glory expressing himself."
"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" hits theaters May 5th. Advance tickets available today.
Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter's parentage is revealed. Read More