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Star-Lord
Star-Lord
General Information


Gender Male
Aliases Peter Jason Quill
Age
Birthday
Race Human
Debuts
TV Show
Film Guardians of the Galaxy
Credit Chris Pratt

Overview

Abducted as a child following the death of his mother in 1988 on Earth, Peter Jason Quill was raised among a band of intergalactic pirates and becoming the self-proclaimed outlaw, the Legendary Star-Lord doing a bit of little bit of bad and a bit of little bit of good along the way.

In the 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy film, he is portrayed by Wyatt Oleff as a child and as an adult by Chris Pratt who will reprise his role in the forthcoming sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Background

Star-Lord was originally a minor Marvel comic book character who first appeared in the black-and-white magazine Marvel Preview #4, published in January of 1976. Star-Lord was created by Steven Englehart and Steve Gan as a half-human and alien hybrid but was unaware of the fact that his biological father was an alien for most of his life.

Marvel-Preview-StarLord

Marvel Preview #4, 1976

He later became a NASA astronaut who had an extraterrestrial encounter with a mysterious alien known as the Master of the Sun who appointed him to become an intergalactic guardian and lawman equipped with a special power suit that granted him enhanced strength, durability, and the ability to survive in space as well as an "element gun" that enabled him to discharge air, water, fire, or earth.

However, Englehart soon left Marvel and the series was cancelled, causing the character to languish in obscurity for decades until 2004 where he was among a stable of space faring Marvel characters who fought in the "Annihilation" crossover miniseries. Star-Lord was revealed to be a powerless, broken down shell of a man who was content to rot in an alien prison known as the Kyln at the start of the series.

It was subsequently revealed that Star-Lord's condition was because he was guilt-ridden over how he had led a major battle against one of Galactus' Heralds which resulted in his power suit being destroyed and his element gun was lost. Although his actions were successful in subduing the Herald, he was blamed for over 350,000 causalities resulting in his incarceration as a scapegoat.

Peter Quill Guardians Galaxy 11

Star-Lord Revamped!

However when the Annihilation Wave began, he was conscripted to use his tactical mind against the Annihilators. The loss of his devices however forced him to rely on regular equipment that he could scavenge, resulting in him acquiring his trademark battle helmet that allows him to survive in space as well as analyze battle data and conventional laser guns. He proved to be a major asset in the war and proved critical in defeating the threat, thus reestablished Star-Lord as part of the Marvel-verse and subsequently becoming a founding member of the modern-day Guardians of the Galaxy.

Since his reemergence to prominence in the comic books, he has made several guest appearances in several Marvel animated features such as a cameo appearance in the Planet Hulk film as a non-speaking character in the background and is starring in the Guardians of the Galaxy TV series which is heavily based on Chris Pratt's version in the live-action movie.

Major Plots

Personality and Traits

Trivia

  • According to Director James Gunn, Star-Lord's ship The Milano is actually named after the real life actress Alyssa Milano because as a kid, Quill had an extreme crush on her.

Quotes

  • "Well, I come from a planet of outlaws. Billy the Kid, Bonnie and Clyde, John Stamos..." Star-Lord; Guardians of the Galaxy
  • "Well, on my planet, we have a legend about people like you. It's called 'Footloose'. And in it, a great hero, named Kevin Bacon teaches an entire city full of people with sticks up their butts that dancing; well, is the greatest thing there is." ―Star-Lord to Gamora; Guardians of the Galaxy
  • "You said it yourself, bitch. We’re the Guardians of the Galaxy." Star-Lord to Ronan; Guardians of the Galaxy

Other Versions

  • Star-Lord (Planet Hulk)
  • Star-Lord (Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes)
  • Star-Lord (Avengers Assemble)
  • Star-Lord (Marvel Disk Wars)
  • Star-Lord (Guardians of the Galaxy: TAS)

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