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|Appeared in|| Guardians of the Galaxy|
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Avengers: Infinity War
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
|Actor|| Chris Pratt|
- "My name is Peter Quill, but there’s one other name you might know me by... Star Lord."
- ―Peter Quill[src]
Peter Jason Quill, also known as Star-Lord, was an interstellar adventurer who was abducted from Earth by the Ravagers led by Yondu Udonta at a young age. After his abduction, he began building fame as the legendary outlaw Star-Lord. In 2014, he decided to leave the Ravagers and operate individually, starting by stealing a precious artifact known as the Orb, unintentionally becoming a key player in the Quest for the Orb. Following his arrest, he forged an uneasy alliance with fellow inmates Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot, and formed the Guardians of the Galaxy with them a short while later in order to stop Ronan the Accuser from destroying Xandar. After the Battle of Xandar, he left with the other Guardians and he became the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
A few months later, he and the Guardians were hired by Ayesha and the Sovereign for a job. However, after Rocket stole some of the batteries they were supposed to defend, Ayesha sent a massive fleet after them, with the Guardians being saved when the fleet was destroyed by Ego, Quill's biological father, whom Quill had never met before. Quill spent a few days bonding with his father, but when Ego revealed that he was responsible for Meredith Quill's death, Quill allied with his fellow Guardians to prevent Ego's quest to terraform the universe. After killing Ego and witnessing Yondu Udonta's sacrifice, Quill continued to lead the Guardians of the Galaxy, and eventually started a relationship with Gamora.
The Guardians then encountered Thor Odinson, and began racing against Gamora's adopted father Thanos to procure the Infinity Stones. Splitting up into two groups, Quill led Gamora, Drax, and Mantis to Knowhere to recover the Aether from the Collector, only to lose both it and Gamora to Thanos. Quill, Drax and Mantis later traveled to Titan, Thanos' homeworld, to confront Thanos in person. With help from Tony Stark, Stephen Strange and Peter Parker, the Guardians fought Thanos for a time, during which Quill was devastated to learn that Thanos had killed Gamora, in his anger he unintentionally gave Thanos an opening to strike back and Quill alongside his allies were ultimately defeated. When Thanos did succeed in obtaining all of the stones, he used them to wipe out half the universal population, Quill and the Guardians included along with Strange and Parker, except Rocket Raccoon and Nebula. He was later restored along with everyone else when the surviving Avengers gathered the Infinity Stones from the past and used them to reverse the Decimation.
In 1988, Peter Quill sat in a hospital waiting room, outside the room in which his dying mother Meredith Quill was being treated. In attempt to comfort himself, he quietly listened to his beloved mixtape "Awesome Mix Vol. 1" which his mom made for him on his Sony Walkman.
Reluctantly Peter obeyed his signalling grandfather and entered the operating room. His dying mother gave him a gift for after she was gone and told him he was an angel, just like his father. She asked for his hand, but before he can pluck up the courage she died. The distraught Peter ran outside into a dark misty field. Suddenly bright lights illuminated the darkness as he was abducted by the Ravagers, a group of space pirates led by Yondu Udonta. The group originally intended to eat Peter, to experience the taste of "Terran", however Yondu said otherwise. The Ravagers at one point considered delivering Quill to his father.
After living in space for twenty-six years, Peter built up a reputation as the self-proclaimed legendary outlaw "Star-Lord".
One day, Peter traveled to the abandoned colony planet Morag to steal a mysterious spherical artifact, simply referred to as "the Orb". He still possessed the mix tape and Walkman, dancing to one of his favorite songs as he travelled through the temple containing the Orb. However, as he turned to leave the temple, he was intercepted by Korath the Pursuer, a subordinate to the fanatical Kree, Ronan, and his henchmen. Quill survived the shootout and returned to his ship, the Milano only to find his one-time lover Bereet on board following the night before, having forgotten that she was even on the ship. Quill successfully escaped the planet, despite being caught up in a water funnel and almost crashing. However, Yondu discovered his theft and issued a bounty for his capture while Ronan sent the assassin Gamora after the Orb.
Peter decided to sell the Orb independently and traveled to the planet Xandar, home of the Nova Corps. He talked to the Broker and enquired about the Orb, curious to know more after Ronan's henchmen were after it too. Suddenly the Broker quickly backed out of the deal after learning of Ronan's involvement and forced Peter out of his brokers.
Outside, Gamora recognized Quill and fought him over the Orb. Nearby, bounty hunters Rocket and Groot realised the large bounty on Quill's head, so they joined in the scuffle. The battle was cut short after they were all arrested by Nova HQ and sent to the Kyln, a high security prison. When they arrived, the five were given a frosty reception, in particular Gamora due to her allegiance to the murderous Ronan. One of the inmates, Drax the Destoyer, had a personal vendetta against Ronan, who murdered his wife and daughter. He almost killed Gamora, however Peter persuaded him that their deaths were not her fault, and that she could help him avenge his family.
The following day, Rocket hatched a four-step plan ruined by Groot, shutting down the prison's electrical systems and initiating a brawl. During the commotion, Quill retreived a prisoner's prosthetic leg as Gamora retrieved a guard's cybernetic remote as Rocket made his way to the watchtower's control room and Drax fought several Kyln guards and security drones. Using all of the components (except the leg, which Rocket included as a joke), Rocket manages to shut off the prison's artificial gravity and links the drones to the watchtower's control station, boosting the pod out of the facility.
After Quill retrieved his Walkman and mixtape, the group jetted off to Knowhere to meet the Collector, who would examine the Orb. Gamora ordered an appointment through Carina, Tivian's aide. Meanwhile Drax and Rocket got drunk and gambled in a nearby bar. This resulted in Rocket nearly shooting Drax, however Quill calmed Rocket down.
When the group was called into the Collector's sanctuary, he described and elaborated on the Orb. He deconstructed its case, revealing one of the six Infinity Stones. He explains that the Gem is capable of causing immense destruction, even on the scale of entire planets, however only very powerful beings can wield it without dying. Upon hearing about the Gem's immense power, Carina sought to be free from her cruel employment. She grabbed the Gem in an attempt to kill herself and the Collector; the resulting blast disintergrated her and injured the Collector and Quill's group. Quill and Gamora now realised the true power of the stone, and were determined to prevent Ronan from obtaining it.
To make matters worse, Ronan and his followers arrived at Knowhere after a drunken and vengeful Drax revealed their location. Quill's group fled by ships, pursued by Ronan's followers and Nebula, Gamora's sister. Nebula destroyed Gamora's ship, leaving her floating in space while Ronan and his forces leave with the recovered Orb. Quill contacted Yondu before following Gamora out into space, giving her his helmet to survive.
Before Quill could die, Yondu arrived and retrieved them. Rocket, Drax, and Groot threatened to attack Yondu's ship to rescue them, but Quill negotiated a truce by convincing Yondu that they could recover the Orb. The group agreed that facing Ronan could meet certain death, but that they must stop him from using the Infinity Stone to destroy Xandar.
Peter warned the Nova Corps about Ronan and his plot to destroy Xandar and advised they prepare for battle. The group created a loose plan to infiltrate Ronan's ship, the Dark Aster, and to defeat Ronan.
On Xandar, the Dark Aster was confronted by Quill's group, Yondu's fleet and the Nova Corps, which breaches the Dark Aster. After Quill's team infiltrated the ship, Drax killed Korath, and Gamora defeated Nebula (who escapes) and unlocked Ronan's chambers. However the group found themselves outmatched by his power until Rocket flew the Milano through the Dark Aster and crashed into Ronan. The damaged Dark Aster crash landed on Xandar, with Groot sacrificing himself to shield the group. Ronan emerged from the wreck and prepared to destroy Xandar with the Stone , but Quill distracted him by dancing, allowing Drax to destroy Ronan's warhammer containing the Gem. Quill grabbed the freed Stone, and with Gamora, Drax, and Rocket sharing its burden, they use it to destroy Ronan.
After the battle, Quill tricked Yondu into taking a container supposedly containing the recovered stone, then gave the real stone to the Novas. Quill's group, now known as the Guardians of the Galaxy, had their criminal records expunged, and Quill learned that he was only half-human, his father being part of an ancient, unknown species. Quill finally opened the last present he received from his mother, which contained a letter and a second mix tape of her favorite songs, "Awesome Mix Vol.2". The Guardians left Xandar in the rebuilt Milano accompanied by a twig recovered from Groot, already beginning to grow and regenerate.
- "Showtime, A-Holes."
- ―Peter Quill[src]
The Guardians returned to the Sovereign and met with the Golden High Priestess, Ayesha. In exchange for defending the batteries, the Sovereign deliver Gamora's sister Nebula to the Guardians so that they can take her to Xandar and collect the bounty on her head. Before they leave, Ayesha talked down to the Guardians, noting that Peter's half-human/half-alien heritage gives him something she deemed reckless. The Guardians left unaware that Rocket had swiped some of the Anulax batteries for himself. On their way to Xandar, the Guardians were met by a fleet of Golden Drones who were pursuing them to retrieve the stolen batteries. The Drones began to attack, so Star-Lord and Rocket try to outdo each other by piloting the Milano through a quantum asteroid field towards a jump point that would take them to another planet. As the team approach the jump point they find themselves surrounded by Golden Drones until another ship passed by and destroyed the Drones. The pilot of the mysterious craft appeared to be a man who waved to the Guardians. The Guardians took the jump point but crash-land on the planet Berhert.
As the Guardians assessed the damage to the Milano, the ship that saved them descended near their camp. The man that saved them from the Drones and his empathic assistant Mantis stepped out of the ship and the man revealed himself to be Ego, Peter's father. Peter was shocked to finally meet his father. Ego explained to Peter that he sent Yondu to pick Peter up after his mother, Meredith, died. But Peter couldn't understand why Ego left Meredith in the first place. Ego invited Peter to visit his planet. Peter was hesitant until Gamora convinced him to join and get to know his father. Peter, Gamora and Drax went with Ego and Mantis while Rocket and Groot stayed behind to fix the Milano and keep an eye on Nebula.
On Ego's ship, Peter, Drax and Gamora talked with Mantis while Ego slept. Mantis showed them her empathic powers by sensing their feelings and letting everyone know that Peter had loving and sexual feelings towards Gamora, which Drax found hilarious. They eventually arrived on Ego's planet where Ego revealed that he was a Celestial and that his consciousness was the core of the planet and the human form was merely an avatar that he created to travel the galaxy and find life. He came to Earth and fell in love with Meredith, but could not see her so often because it would take up a lot of his energy. Peter continued to harbour hostile feelings for his father because he left Meredith alone to die. Ego grievously stated that, despite him making countless mistakes for eons, Peter was not one of them and he wanted to bond with his son, stating it was what Meredith would've wanted. He taught Peter to focus on Ego's essence within the planet and harness energy to conjure up a ball, which Ego and Peter used to play a game of catch, something Peter had longed to do with his father since childhood.
Peter tried to dance with Gamora because of a comment that Drax had said to him earlier but she was afraid to admit her feelings to him. Gamora revealed her suspicions about Ego's planet as Mantis seemed fearful but Peter argued that he had finally found his family and demanded to know why she couldn't be happy for him. Gamora stated that she thought he had found his family in the Guardians and left Peter by himself.
That night, Ego and Peter bonded once more over their love for Earth music, especially songs which were Meredith's favorites. Ego told Peter that as long as there was light in the planet, Peter would retain his powers, as well as immortality. Ego revealed to Peter that in his travels to thousands of worlds, his discoveries were utterly disappointing and showed Peter Eternity. Ego explained to Peter that he had been orchestrating "The Expansion". Ego travelled around the galaxy to thousands of other worlds and planted pieces of himself so that he could expand across the galaxy and use the planets as an extension of himself. He impregnated women from those worlds and produced many children that Yondu delivered to him, but when they did not possess the Celestial genes Ego killed them, Peter held the power that Ego was looking for. After revealing his plan, Ego let slip that he was the one that put the tumor that killed Meredith in her head because he was genuinely starting to fall in love with her and came close to living on Earth with her, which would have meant abandoning The Expansion. Upon this revelation, Peter snapped out of his trance and attacked Ego with his Quad Blasters in a rage. Ego retaliated by latching on to Peter and controlling him to start spreading the seedlings across the planets, causing mass destruction. Ego crushed Peter's Walkman and Awesome Mix Vol. 2 that his mother had left him.
After a brief conflict with Nebula, Gamora tried to save Peter from Ego along with Yondu, Mantis and the Guardians of the Galaxy. They were met by a fleet Golden Drones who had tracked them to Ego's planet. Peter fought Ego's human form, but got strong resistance from the planet as Ego made it attack Peter and his friends. Mantis used her emotional modification abilities to put Ego to sleep while the Guardians tried to destroy Ego and escape with their lives. Rocket built a bomb using the Anulax batteries that he had stolen and gave it to Groot so he could place it on Ego's core. Mantis was knocked out and Ego reawakened, consuming the Guardians as they attempted to escape to safety. Peter continued to fight his father using his Celestial powers to keep him distracted while Groot looked for Ego's brain in the planet's core and set the bomb to detonate in five minutes.
The bomb detonated and Ego's human form disintegrated as the rest of the planet began to explode. Before the explosion could consume Peter, Yondu flew by and saved him, carrying out of the planet's atmosphere. Yondu placed a space suit on Peter to save him and told him that while Ego was his father, he was never his daddy and that he was proud that Peter was his boy. Yondu froze to death, sacrificing himself to save Peter.
Peter and his friends gave Yondu a proper Ravager funeral. Kraglin Obfonteri gave Peter a Zune which held 300 songs that Yondu had been meaning to give him . In return, Peter gave Kraglin Yondu's Yaka Arrow, feeling that Yondu would have wanted him to take it. As Yondu's ashes were launched into space, the Guardians saw dozens of Ravager ships arriving to pay their respects to Yondu.
Sometime later, Peter scolded Groot, who was going through a teenage phase, for leaving his roots lying around, but Groot just mocked him and played some video games.
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Five years after the Decimation, the Avengers gathered the Infinity Stones by going back in time. In order to get the Power Stone, Nebula and James Rhodes traveled back to Morag in 2014 where they waited for Quill to arrive with Rhodes being less than impressed by his dancing. They knocked Quill unconscious and stole one of his tools to break into the temple holding the Orb, leaving him unconscious outside.
When Bruce Banner used the gathered Infinity Stones, Quill was resurrected along with everyone else that Thanos had disintegrated and arrived at the final battle alongside the restored Guardians of the Galaxy and the other allies of the Avengers. During the battle, Quill was saved from one of Thanos' soldiers by the 2014 Gamora who Nebula convinced to turn against Thanos earlier than Quill's Gamora did. Shocked to see Gamora and mistaking her for his Gamora, Peter affectionately approached her, only to get kicked in the balls by Gamora who was shocked by her older self's choice in a romantic partner.
After Tony Stark sacrificed himself to destroy Thanos and his army, Quill and the other Guardians went to his funeral. Following the funeral, Quill secretly searched for the 2014 Gamora who disappeared after the battle, his Gamora having stayed dead as Thanos killed her before using the Stones. Thor Odinson decided to join the Guardians of the Galaxy and he and Quill argued over who the leader would be before Thor ceded command to Quill.
Peter was abducted from Earth by the thieves and smugglers called the Ravagers. Their leader, Yondu, raised Peter and show him how to survive in deep space. Yondu also taught Peter how to be the perfect thief. Peter is naturally upbeat and sarcastic, he looked on the bright side. It seemed that his 80's pop culture laden references to his life on earth were his way of remembering where he came from. He is also quite tough, as he is willing to challenge a guard and be electrocuted while demanding he get his Walkman back, and latter beating his way throw multiple guards to reach it.
Also, Peter has no qualms with killing, as he kicked an energy sphere light into two Sakaarians to disintegrate them and then shot Korath, all when they would not let him go and when he felt threatened by Korath's mention of being questioned by Ronan, who he did not. However, he is less willing to kill when he could avoid it when up against those of good intentions, as shown when he simply electrocuted and knocked out the Kyln Guards. Peter shown he can be heroic, he was unwilling to watch Gamora die in space so he exits his pod giving Gamora his mask saving her life.
Peter bring the Guardians together to save Xandar, showing his natural leadership skills, as well as his ability to empathize with others and bring out the best parts of themselves. Peter can think up inventive and extremely unorthodox solutions to problems on the fly, distracting Ronan the Accuser with a dance-off is an example of this, as well as strapping his jet booster to Gamora's torso during their initial encounter and fight together to put some distance between the two combatants.
Peter harbors strong love towards his family and loved ones, quickly coming to consider the Guardians his family and developing close relationship with all of them. His love for his mother is shown by how distraught he was over her death and how he seemed to have been willing to take her hand when he was dying from holding the Power Stone and accept his death until Gamora pulled it out. Peter also became dedicated to protecting personal Sony Walkman due to Meredith giving it to him and it being the last thing he had of his mother. When Ego revealed his part on his mother's death, Quill unhesistantly and instantly turned against him furiously, disregarding what he could have gained from Ego with his Celestial powers and throughout their fight, openly expressed his rage for his mother's death and his Walkman's destruction. Although he quickly turned against his father and showed relentlessness and no mercy for him when he learned of Ego's true nature, Peter quickly became enamoured by Ego's ability to teach him and his displays of affection and care for his son and became close to him, even disregarding Gamora's assumption that he could be evil. Despite how badly they turned out, when Ego died, Quill displayed clear sadness and somberness over his death. However, at this point, Quill humbly accepted his fate and did not try to escape the dying planet, only glad that his friends was save. Although Yondu was not a kindly father-figure, Quill did mention he was the only family he had and later was deeply saddened when his adopted father died to save him. Later, Quill displayed sympathy for Thor's family problems by revealing his own and expressing that he felt Thor's pain too. He also admitted with a tone that contrasted his usual sarcastic demeanour that it had not been easy to just turn against his father.
Powers and Abilities
- Human-Celestial Hybrid Physiology: Due to his celestial heritage; Peter possesses superhuman durability, stamina, endurance, recovery, resistance and tolerance. As he was not raised with humans, he never knew how frail they were compared to most of the alien species in the universe and therefore never noticed how different he was compared to them. This allowed him to survive unscathed while being pummeled, being smashed against stone surfaces and sent flying through the air by Korath's own inhuman strength. He is also immune to damage from falling from great height. While Gamora could survive for several minutes and possibly hours in space within Knowhere's nebula due to her cybernetics and life support implants, he could do the same without them. His incredible abilities became the most apparent when it took several minutes for the Infinity Stone he held to start killing him, whereas other beings would've been destroyed within seconds. In addition, Peter suffered no lingering effects from being in the vacuum of space, recovering completely after being brought unto Yondu's ship. Despite the great harm that was done to him. Strangely, his overall physical performance is proven to be at it's peak, which also enhances his mobility and even his strength, which allowed him to tackle Groot, who is larger and heavier than him, a few feet out of the path of the crashing Milano.
- Superhuman Durability: Due to his celestial heritage; Peter possesses superhuman durability.
- Superhuman Endurance: Due to his celestial heritage; Peter possesses superhuman endurance.
- Superhuman Stamina: Due to his celestial heritage; Peter possesses superhuman stamina.
- Ergokinesis: Due to his celestial heritage; Peter can manipulate the energy within him to create whatever he can possibly imagine. It was suggested that he might've lost this ability at the end of the second movie; but whether this is true remains to be seen.
- Matter Manipulation: Due to his celestial heritage; Peter can manipulate the matter around him to create whatever he can possibly imagine. It was suggested that he might've lost this ability at the end of the second movie; but whether this is true remains to be seen.
- Immortality: Due to his celestial heritage; Peter possesses immortality (it was suggested that he might've lost this ability at the end of the second movie, but whether this is true remains to be seen).
- Expert Hand-To-Hand Combatant: Peter is shown to be an expert in close quarter combat. He was able to hold his own against Gamora, an assassin trained by Thanos. He was able to take down multiple Nova Corps and Kree Soldiers. He is highly inventive in battle, such as using his detachable jets on Gamora to send her flying away. Also, his dual handguns can be used as hammers to strike down and knock out opponents.
- Expert Thief: Due to him being raised by the Ravagers, Peter has mastered the art of thievery and evasion.
- Expert Marksman: Peter shown to be well-versed in the use of firearms from all over the universe.
- Skilled Acrobat: Peter's agility, dexterity, reflexes, coordination, and balance is at the peak of human ability, allowing him to perform gymnastic and acrobatic feats, as well parkour and free running. His reflexes allowed him to effortlessly catch a small lunging creature trying to bite him while he was wearing head phones and seemingly distracted by his music. He was able to leap across a large chasm and perform a combat roll while sliding along his ship directly into the cockpit. He has used the detachable jets on his legs to further increase his agility, allowing him to jump several feet up and evade attacks with inhuman speed.
- Master Pilot: Peter is an accomplished starship pilot. He was able to escape Korath and his men.
- Universal Knowledge: Peter having grown up in space has extensive knowledge on various alien technologies, customs, societies and cultures.
- Star-Lord Helmet: The helmet allows Peter to breathe in the vacuum of space. The helmet also allows Peter to see ultraviolet and thermal waves. The helmet has internal communications systems.
- Star-Lord Uniform: The uniform protects Peter from the effects of absolute zero temperature of deep space.
- Jet Boot Attachments: Peter has miniature jets that he attaches and rotates onto his boots to make jet boots. They are controlled with a buttons on his thigh and are used to increase forward and upward movement. He has used them to jump several feet up and evade enemy attacks by blasting himself out of the path of such attacks. They can also be used in flying in deep space. As he is known for improvisation in combat, he has also used these detachable jets to send enemies flying through the air after he attaches it to them.
- Quad Blasters: Peter's primary weapons are his dual barreled, twin blaster handguns that fire gold-colored fiery blasts from the top barrel, and blue, electric-like streaks from the bottom barrel. They each have two triggers for the index and middle finger that fire the top and bottom barrel respectively. The blast from the top barrel is lethal, striking the target with the concussive, explosive force, enough to send a target flying several feet away and killing them on impact. The bottem barrel's electric streaks are used to electrocute the target and incapacitate them and it is also used to knock out the target and stun them. Both triggers can be used at the same time at fire its barrel in a dual shot attack to fight against several opponents or more resilient ones. Also, the weapons can be used for melee and close quarters, allowing Quill to use them to hammer and knock out his opponents, while he has also blasted opponents while punching them with the barrels of his weapons.
- Milano: Milano is a spaceship used by the Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Benatar: The Guardians of the Galaxy spaceship after the Milano was destroyed.
- Ego - Father, turned enemy; deceased.
- Meredith Quill - Mother; deceased.
- Drax - Teammate.
- Groot - Teammate.
- Rocket - Teammate.
- Gamora - Teammate and love interest.
- Yondu Udonta - Mentor and father figure; deceased.
- Mantis - Ally.
- Thor Odinson - Ally.
- Tony Stark - Ally.
- Stephen Strange - Ally.
- Spider-Man - Ally.
- Kraglin Obfonteri - Associate.
- Ronan the Accuser - Enemy; deceased.
- Nebula - Former enemy and current ally.
- Korath the Pursuer - Enemy; deceased.
- Thanos - Enemy; deceased.
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (5 films)
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (1 comic)
- Guardians of the Galaxy Prequel Infinite Comic (First appearance)
Behind the scenes
- Before Chris Pratt was cast as Star-Lord, Joel Edgerton, Eddie Redmayne, Jensen Ackles, Lee Pace, Wes Bentley, Jack Huston, Cam Gigandet, Sullivan Stapleton, Logan Marshall-Green, Garrett Hedlund, Chris Lowell, James Marsden, Jim Sturgess, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aaron Paul, Michael Rosenbaum, Zachary Levi and John Krasinski auditioned and screen tested for the role of Peter Quill/Star-Lord. Pace was later cast as Ronan the Accuser.
- The alias "Star-Lord" comes from a nickname Quill's mother gave him as a child.
- During the Nova Corps scans of Peter a Translator Implant is detected in his neck.
- Star Lord's father in the film is different than the comics. In the film, his father is Ego: instead of Emperor Jason of Spartax, in which Quill is Prince.
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