When Chris Pratt was cast as Star-Lord in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, fans didn’t know what to expect from the film or the character. While Star-Lord and his team had recently become quite popular in the comics, Star-Lord himself had a bit of a confusing history that dated back years.
Thankfully, James Gunn managed to filter out some of the essential details of Star-Lord while adding a few of his own that would eventually create the modern version of Star-Lord that has even managed to influence the comic version. So today, we are going to take a look at Star-Lord, and a few things that were either changed or stay the same when he arrived in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
10 CHANGED: ORIGIN
There are quite a few differences between the comic and the MCU origin of Star-Lord, though they both do leave Earth to find adventure in the stars. However, in the comics, Peter Quill doesn’t leave Earth until he is much older, and it is a willing decision.
Quill stole a Kree spaceship in order to leave Earth after training with NASA instead of being abducted as a child. Quill’s mother’s death is different as well, as she is murdered by aliens known as the Badoon instead of dying from cancer in the MCU, which was later revealed to be caused by Ego.
9 THE SAME: ATTITUDE
Regardless of Peter Quill’s origins, both versions of Star-Lord have a very distinct personality that has made friends and enemies in the comics and the MCU. While Star-Lord is a good person to have on your side and his loyalty sticks with you once you’ve earned it, he’s also a bit unreliable and quick to react emotionally.
Star-Lord’s aversion to Earth is a bit more extreme in the MCU, but both versions are just as happy to hilariously tell you why Earth sucks and space is better. “Dude, don’t call us plucky. We don’t know what it means.“
8 CHANGED: FATHER
One of the biggest differences in the MCU version of the character appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, when it was revealed that the Celestial known as Ego (Ego the Living Planet in the comics) was Quill’s real father.
While Peter’s split genetics came from the comics as well, his father was originally J’Son of Spartax, ruler of the Spartoi Empire. J’Son and his son never really saw eye-to-eye, and he quickly became a recurring villain to Star-Lord and his team, though he never had the same abilities as Ego did in the MCU.
7 THE SAME: GUARDIANS
While Peter Quill’s first team of Guardians is a little bit different from the version first seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, the originally unnamed comic team still shares quite a few similarities with the MCU team.
Rocket, Groot, and Mantis were part of his original comic roster, while Drax and Gamora were former members of the Infinity Watch and were already allies of Quill’s from the Annihilation storyline and joined shortly after Quill officially assembled the Guardians in Annihilation: Conquest.
6 CHANGED: COSTUME
While you can now see the MCU version of Star-Lord’s costume in the comics, initially, it was much different and fell more in line with Marvel‘s other superheroes, though that first version has since been rebooted.
The original blue and white helmeted costume would go on to inspire various versions of Star-Lord’s comic costume, though we have yet to see anything but slight variations of Star-Lord’s original MCU costume on the big screen.
5 THE SAME: LEADERSHIP SKILLS
Star-Lord is a decent leader most of the time, though he frequently butts heads with not only his own team but the leaders of other teams as well. However, he’s proven many times over both in the comics and the movies that he shines under pressure, and he has proven to be a formidable tactician when the stakes are high.
Quill was a strong leader on the frontlines of the Annihilation war in the comics, and despite characteristically emotionally overreacting at a crucial moment, helped almost save the day on Titan in Avengers: Infinity War.
4 CHANGED: WEAPONS
While the look of Star-Lord’s signature Quad-Blasters in the MCU is similar to his current comic version’s weapons, the original weapon used by Star-Lord was much more involved with his origin.
In the comics, Quill used an Element-Gun that was left on Earth by his father J’Son, and was able to fire elemental blasts of energy. This gun drew the Badoon that killed his mother to Earth, so its absence from the films was understandable but definitely noticeable to fans of the comic character.
3 THE SAME: RELATIONSHIPS
Peter Quill was established as a bit of a cosmic playboy early in the MCU, and the comic version of Star-Lord shares similar traits. Star-Lord has had a few different relationships in the comics that even included X-Men member Kitty Pryde.
It wasn’t until recently in the comics that Star-Lord and Gamora finally moved past the “will-they-won’t-they” relationship that the MCU characters were similarly stuck in prior to her death in Infinity War.
2 CHANGED: SHIP
MCU fans may be quick to point out that Quill has primarily used two ships over the Guardians’ films, named Milano and Benatar, after Earth celebrities Alyssa Milano and Pat Benatar, respectively.
However, Peter Quill’s original craft in the comics was simply named Ship, and it was a sentient spacecraft that shared a telepathic connection with Star-Lord. Ship’s connection to Star-Lord comes from before his origins were given a soft reboot by Marvel, but we would have still loved to see Ship appear in the MCU.
1 THE SAME: PILOTING SKILLS
One thing that has remained the same across the various versions of Star-Lord both in the comics and in the MCU is the fact that he is a great pilot, despite Rocket’s claims otherwise in nearly every film they appear in together.
The original Peter Quill had begun his training as an astronaut with NASA before he stole a ship to be chosen as Star-Lord by the Master of the Sun, and the rebooted version was raised by equally impressive pilots in the Ravagers after he escaped to the stars, much like the MCU version of the character.
The MCU crafted its own version of Star-Lord for Guardians of the Galaxy with a few key differences, but some things definitely stayed the same.