Peter Quill, otherwise known as Star-Lord, has emerged as a crowd favorite superhero in Marvel’s cinematic universe. Leading the band of misfits known as the Guardians of the Galaxy, Star-Lord (as played by Chris Pratt) has been at the forefront of two eponymous movies as well as collective adventures such as “Avengers”. But is there something about Quill that audience members never knew?
Well, the character is getting some new traits in the comics. In the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly, we learn that Quill’s sexuality will now be a focus of the new “Guardians” comics.
“Space adventurer Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord) is shown in a polyamorous bisexual relationship in the latest issue of the Guardians of the Galaxy comic,” reports EW. “In an adventure titled ‘I Shall Make You a Star-Lord,’ Guardians of the Galaxy #9 finds Quill spending almost 150 years in a strange land named Morinus where he befriends a pair of humanoids, the female Aradia and the male Mors, eventually entering into a relationship with both around the 12-year mark.”
Entertainment Weekly reports that it’s not yet clear whether or not Quill’s newfound sexuality will be explored in the films. Considering, however, that Pratt is commonly bashed by social media leftists for attending a supposedly-homophobic church and (gasp) not showing up to Democratic fundraisers, we wouldn’t be surprised if Marvel Studios tried to push this into the movies. And if Pratt expresses any discomfort with that direction…why, that just proves his critics were right about him all along, eh?
Having produced the most successful film franchise in history, Marvel seems exceptionally eager to use its box office mojo to push a social justice agenda in the next “Phase” of their movies. Last year, LGBT hearts were undoubtedly set aflutter when Marvel announced that their next big movie, “The Eternals,” would feature the first gay superhero kiss.
“It’s a beautiful, very moving kiss,” said actor Haaz Sleiman. “Everyone cried on set. For me, it’s very important to show how loving and beautiful a queer family can be. Brian Tyree Henry is such a tremendous actor and brought so much beauty into this part, and at one point I saw a child in his eyes, and I think it’s important for the world to be reminded that we in the queer community were all children at one point. We forget that because we’re always depicted as sexual or rebellious. We forget to connect on that human part.”
When they named the last Avengers movie “Endgame,” we have a feeling they were more correct than they imagined.