Guardians Vol 3 Chris Pratt Explains How Depressingly Lost Star-Lord Is

Star-Lord has had a rough journey leading into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Chris Pratt relives.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 seems to be a pretty packed movie, and while it will mostly focus on the story of Rocket and his upbringing, there are many storylines that need to be concluded for the trilogy to end in a satisfying note.

One of them is definitely Star-Lord’s; the character had a dramatic arc in both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, by being forced to kill his girlfriend, not being able to, then finding out she died so that half of the universe, including him, would disappear for five years, and then meeting her back, only it’s not her, it’s another timeline’s Gamora, who doesn’t even know him.

The entire plot of the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special focused on Peter Quill dealing with the trauma caused by those events, but until he confronts the new Gamora, he will never get over the situation. This is a big part of Vol. 3, from everything we understand about the movie.

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(L-R): Dave Bautista as Drax and Pom Klementieff as Mantis in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Photo by Jessica Miglio. © 2023 MARVEL.

Chris Pratt on Peter Quill’s dramatic arc going into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

During the press conference for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, moderator Nathan Fillion asked Pratt about Star-Lord’s state of mind at the beginning of the movie, to which the actor replied:

“Well, he’s a guy, and there’s a wonderful monologue that [Dave] Bautista gives, that comes from Mantis, that Quill is a guy who needs to learn how to swim. He’s been hopping from lily pad to lily pad, woman to woman, relationship to relationship. I think that’s, it’s a pretty human condition, I think. Often times we find ourselves in our relationships or in the affiliations we have with the team or a family or whatever. And he has been lost.

So yeah, in the beginning, he got to, he was running away from the death of his mother, but he got to pretend to be this character based on these pop culture icons of his childhood of the late 80s. And so he was dancing around, but all of that was really, he had found himself there. And then, but it was kind of BS, you know, and then he found himself with the Guardians of the Galaxy. And then he thought he could find himself with who his father was.

So he’s a guy who’s constantly been searching for who he is. And then he found it again in his relationship with Gamora. And so when that stripped away from him, he’s a guy who’s realizing that all of these various people that he’s found, that are Quill, none of them have been the real him. And so he is, he’s lost. And that probably doesn’t mean anything.”

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The entire marketing campaign has been teasing a tragic story for Rocket, and the Guardians by extension, something that the reviews have backed up. And yet, to keep exploring the tragic story of Star-Lord and the loss of almost everyone around him seems like a pivotal part that writer-director James Gunn will not ignore. This could only get worse if other members of the team don’t make it out of the mission alive, as every trailer seems to indicate.

It’s only a few more days for us to find out, as the film will be hitting theaters worldwide within the next few days. The entire cast of the previous Guardians of the Galaxy movies is back, with the new additions of Chukwudi Iwuji as the High Evolutionary, Will Poulter as Adam Warlock, and Maria Bakalova as Cosmo The Space Dog. Here is the official synopsis for the film:

In Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” our beloved band of misfits are settling into life on Knowhere. But it isn’t long before their lives are upended by the echoes of Rocket’s turbulent past. Peter Quill, still reeling from the loss of Gamora, must rally his team around him on a dangerous mission to save Rocket’s life—a mission that, if not completed successfully, could quite possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.

What do you make of Chris Pratt’s quote? Did it make you more excited about seeing Star-Lord’s arc in the upcoming film? What are you most eager to see in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3? Let us know on our social media, and stay tuned for more from the film’s press conference!

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