Spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ahead.
When we were first introduced to Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), we saw the eight-year-old child at the side of his mother’s deathbed during the opening scene of Guardians of the Galaxy. Meredith Quill (Laura Haddock) laid in a hospital bed succumbing to a brain tumor as Peter looked on.
As she took her final breath, an understandably upset Peter ran outside, where he was quickly beamed into a spaceship we later find out belonged to none other than Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker). The moment Peter was taken by Yondu remains to be Peter’s last moment on Earth, so far.
During the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — the highly-anticipated sequel — movie-goers learned that the brain tumor that eventually took Meredith Quill’s life wasn’t naturally occurring. The tumor was in fact created by Peter’s biological father Ego (Kurt Russell), so that he wouldn’t have to visit Earth any longer.
Upon Ego’s revelation of essentially murdering his former lover, Peter blasted away Ego’s human avatar in a fit of rage. As the final act of Vol. 2 progressed, Peter & Co. fought Ego and eventually succeeded in destroying the sentient planet.
Over the course of the two Guardians movies, Peter lost both biological parents as well as the man he called his dad. He found out his mother was killed by his father. He played a major part in helping his friends destroy his father so that he could no longer hurt anyone. To cap it off, Yondu — the man that raised him from childhood into an adult, just so he wouldn’t have to find out the truth about his real father — sacrificed himself so that Peter could live.
During the events of Vol. 2, director James Gunn made sure the true meaning of family was on display throughout the entirety of the movie. Even though suffering tremendous loss through the events of the two movies, Peter did gain additional family members in the Guardians and as the movie wrapped up — with ‘Father & Son’ by Cat Stevens playing in the background — it seemed as if Peter had maybe gotten even just the tiniest bit of closure.
With a tremendous support group behind him and now that he knows the truth behind his mother’s death, will a now-grown Peter make a return to his home planet and visit Earth? After all, it was revealed that Peter’s grandfather (Gregg Henry) was still alive as he was driving his truck away from Ego’s goop he had planted on Earth. One would think it would make sense that Peter wants to head back to his home planet to revisit the final resting place of his mother.
And don’t forget about that giant blob either — who’s going to be willing to clean that up? Seems like a good job for the Guardians.