While the emotional core of the first Guardians of the Galaxy film was about Peter Quill moving on from the death of his mother, director James Gunn has stated that the sequels theme of family will be partly explored through the relationship between Quill and his long-lost father. Speaking with the British GQ about his upcoming film Passengers, star Chris Pratt discussed how working on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 forced him to deal with the loss of his own father.
Chris Pratt explained what while his father had died while he was filming Jurassic World, it was not until he began working on the Guardians sequel that he began to process his feelings about his loss.
“The truth is I ripped open some wounds that had been healing for some time. And I didn’t want to. But I knew it was right for the moment… There are wounds that are never going to be totally healed. It would probably make for a better story if it was some emotional thing that I hadn’t dealt with… When we face the death of a parent, you sometimes feel regret that you didn’t fully embrace what you had.”
Considering the second film will deal with Star Lord’s search for his absentee father Ego, played by Kurt Russell, it is understandable that Chris Pratt would examine some of his personal feelings while working on the film.
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released in theaters on May 5, 2017.