Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn denied a theory that links Captain America and Star-Lord.
A fan theory linking together Captain America (Chris Evans) and Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon arose when a fan realized that actress Laura Haddock played a character in both Captain America: The First Avenger and Star-Lord’s mother in Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel. The theory revolves around the characters being mother and daughter respectively, with Captain America having an off-screen relationship with the fan, and Meredith Quill being his daughter. This way, Captain America would be Star-Lord’s grandfather.
James Gunn was swift to deny the fan theory on his official Twitter:
So Gregg Henry is Chris Evans? Also, Quill's grandpa was still way too young to have been fighting in WWII. https://t.co/jAmhRstC8c
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 3, 2021
Actor Gregg Henry portrayed Star-Lord’s grandfather in the opening scene of Guardians of the Galaxy, in which Peter Quill’s mother Meredith is in the hospital, dying of cancer.
Fans will always speculate about the connections between certain characters due to coincidental casting choices. In some cases, like actor Martin Starr’s character in the MCU Spider-Man films retroactively being the same character he briefly portrayed in The Incredible Hulk, it works out because the timeline and career path for the character feels consistent. In the case regarding this theory linking Captain America and Star-Lord, it just doesn’t add up.
Here is the synopsis for James Gunn’s newest film, The Suicide Squad:
Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission, with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.
Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad stars David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Jai Courtney, Joaquín Cosío, Nathan Fillion, Joel Kinnaman, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, and Michael Rooker.
The Suicide Squad is currently scheduled to hit theaters and HBO Max on August 6, 2021. Be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.