"Over thousands of years, I implanted thousands of extensions of myself on thousands of worlds. I need to fulfill life's one true purpose – to grow and spread, covering all that exists, until everything is... me!"
―Ego to Star-Lord[src]

Ego was a Celestial, a primordial and powerful being, and the biological father of Peter Quill. A living planet with a humanoid extension of himself, Ego desired to find meaning and had sought meaning to remake the entire universe via an omnicidal extinction-level event known as the Expansion, with the unwilling aid of Quill to summon all of Ego’s seedlings and terraform both all planets into new extensions of himself which would eradicate trillions of all life within it, leaving only him and Quill all there is. This process, however, required the power of two Celestials together and Ego was not quite powerful enough to fulfill the Expansion alone, so he traveled across the universe from planet to planet impregnating thousands of female humanoid aliens in attempt to procreate new Celestial offsprings, in doing so sired thousands of children. While thousands of his offsprings are scattered across the cosmos, Ego then hired the Yondu Ravager Clan to abduct and transport some of his offsprings to his planet, generously compensated them until this led Yondu Udonta to an exile after violating the Ravager code. When his children failed to inherit the Celestial DNA, Ego killed them all painlessly.

When Ego heard of a tale involving a man from Earth who held an Infinity Stone without dying, he realized this man must have been the son he sired with Meredith Quill, whom Udonta failed to deliver. Ego and Quill reunited for the first time in Berhert after saving the Guardians from hundred of Sovereign fleet drones. Ego proceeded to take Quill and half of the Guardians to his planet to uncover Quill's heritage and obtain the opportunity to be the father Meredith wanted him to be. When Quill happened to successfully inherit the Celestial gene, Ego bonded with his biological son where he did finally proceeded of revealing his true colors, explaining his innate desire of remaking the universe by hypnotizing Quill into a trance to gain compliance. However, when Ego revealed he was responsible for his mother's death, Quill snapped out of his hypnosis and reunited with Guardians, including Mantis to kill Ego and thwart the Expansion from continuation, saving trillions of lives.


Early Existence

Apparition in the Galaxy

"I don't know where I came from exactly. First thing I remember is flickering. Adrift in the cosmos utterly and entirely alone."
―Ego to Star-Lord[src]
Ego's Brain

Ego's brain at his core

Millions of years ago, Ego's origin remained unknown by nature, since Ego himself never knew where he came from in the first place; however, he first recalls coming into existence as a flickering brain-like organism, parentless, and bodiless, being adrift in the vacuum of space-time continuum all alone for millions of years. Ego was born as a entity belonging to an ancient primordial race known as the Celestials.

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Ego's planetary form

Despite having to dwell in extreme loneliness for millions of years, Ego learned to manipulate the molecules around himself as he fed on the matter where he crafted himself a protective sheathe to house his true self from dangerous elements. Over the course of untold eons, Ego continued to build planetary components layer by layer around the core, which then eventually evolved into a red life-like planet itself. The interstellar coordinates of Ego's planet were G52 22C848T12F+E16UC22.

Ego craved for more than what he accomplished over the course of eons, as he desired purpose and meaning. Having wondered about the existence of life out in the universe beside just himself, Ego tasked himself to find and discover life as he pulled up molecules to shape himself a biological humanoid avatar, an extension of his true self, to set foot and travel through the voyages of the cosmos. Ego boarded on his own ship and departed from his planet as he set out amongst the stars to explore and visit thousands of worlds until he sought what he looked for: life. Realizing he was no longer alone in the universe, he dwelled and interacted with various humanoid beings of every galactic civilizations he encountered so far.[1]

Dividing and Conquering

"Out of all my labors, the most beguiling was attempting to graft my DNA with that of another species. I hoped the result of such a coupling would be enough to power the Expansion. I had Yondu deliver some of them to me. It broke the Ravager code, but I compensated him generously. And to ease his conscience, I said I'd never hurt them. I mean, that was true. They never felt a thing."
―Ego to Star-Lord[src]

Following his exploration into the cosmos and the discoveries of life, Ego was not impressed by what he sought. He found his discoveries "disappointing" when it came to dwelling among civilizations in all of the thousands of planets he explored. Upon reaching a profound realization, Ego conjured handfuls of seedlings and implanted them on thousands of planets before the seedlings were capable of terraforming all visited worlds into new extensions of himself.

Ego called it the 'Expansion'. He only had one problem; the seedlings could only be activated with the combination of two Celestials. Therefore, he impregnated thousands of female humanoid aliens, then hired Yondu Udonta to deliver the children; on the other hand, the children all failed to inherit the Celestial gene, so Ego killed them painlessly and hid their skeletal remains in the depths of his self-constructed planet.[1]

Experiences on Earth

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Ego spends time on Earth with Meredith Quill

"My heart is yours, Meredith Quill."
"I can't believe I fell in love with a spaceman."
―Ego and Meredith Quill[src]

In the late 1970s, Ego visited Earth to plant his seedling in the wooded areas of Missouri, United States. Later, he met human Meredith Quill and awed her almost instantly, under his disguise as a "spaceman". During their romantic relationship, in 1980, Ego and Meredith conceived their first child named Peter Quill, who would successfully inherit Ego's Celestial DNA, becoming his first offspring to grant the power of the Celestials.

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Ego explains his Expansion to Meredith Quill

Ego realized that he was genuinely infatuated with Meredith and that his feelings for her could put him off-task to settle with her instead of forwarding his goals to conquer the universe. Because of the distraction Meredith wittingly posed, Ego deliberately (yet reluctantly) implanted a brain tumor into her head, leading to her death in 1988, before leaving Earth. In the hospital before her death, Meredith described Ego to her son as 'an angel' and 'a being composed of pure light', which her entire family regarded as a delusion.

Over the weeks leading to Meredith's death, Ego instructed Udonta to deliver his son to him. Udonta, however, realized that Ego had been recently killing all of the previous children that he had delivered to him. Horrified and guilt-ridden, Yondu decided not to deliver the boy. Instead, Yondu trained Quill to become a Ravager and his protégé, becoming a surrogate father to him in the process. Yondu never revealed the truth about Ego to Quill so as not to frighten him, and always told him that he kept him as part of his clan because he needed a small boy who seemed useful enough to sneak through tight places to steal items.[1] Over the following years, Yondu and his First Mate Kraglin Obfonteri admitted that it was probably good to not deliver Quill to the "jackass" of Ego just as they were hired to do.[2]

In between Meredith's death and the Quest for the Orb, Ego adopted a new protégé, named Mantis, and the two resided on Ego's planet.[1]

Reunited with Peter Quill

Meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy

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Ego introduces himself as Peter Quill's father

"After all these years I found you."
"And who the hell are you?"
"I figured my rugged good looks would make that obvious. My name is Ego, and I'm your dad, Peter."
―Ego and Peter Quill[src]

While Peter Quill didn't think much about his father even by his early adulthood, he became aware that Ego was alive and well after the Battle of Xandar. As the battle reached its end, along with his newfound allies, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Quill used the Orb to destroy Ronan the Accuser despite nearly being ripped off from existence. Following the battle, Irani Rael from the Nova Corps informed Quill that his survival was given due his mysterious father, who wasn't human but from an strange and ancient race she didn't know about.[2]

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Ego discusses his past with the Guardians

Two months following the Battle of Xandar, when Ayesha dispatched hundreds of fleet drones on the Guardians because Rocket Raccoon stole a batch of their batteries after defeating the Abilisk, Ego appeared unseen and shot immense projectile blasts to hundreds of the Sovereign fleets before the Guardians crashed on the local planet known as Berhert. As the Guardians remained stranded on the planet, Ego's Ship arrived then landed on the ground of Berhert, where Ego, along with Mantis, encountered the Guardians and revealed himself as Quill's biological father.

When Ego, Mantis and the Guardians spent time camping, Ego attempted to convince Quill to return to his home and show him his special heritage. While Ego used the bathroom, Gamora expressed her suspicions about Ego's true intentions. However, Quill went aboard to the ship with Ego and Mantis, accompanied by Gamora and Drax the Destroyer while Rocket and Groot stay to eye on Nebula.

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Ego showcases his true planetary form

Upon arrival, Ego gives Quill, Gamora, and Drax a tour to his planet. As Gamora questioned him, Ego explains that he is called a Celestial, and exists in the planetary form they are walking on. He assumed a humanoid disguise to explore the universe and interact with other sentient species, eventually meeting and falling in love with Quill's mother Meredith Quill. After Meredith's death, Ego compensated Yondu Udonta to collect the young Quill, although Undonta never delivered the boy, and instead, Ego had long been searching for his son ever since.[1]

Bonding with Star-Lord

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Ego explains his wish to be Peter Quill's father

"Over the millions and millions of years of my existence, I have made many mistakes, Peter. But you are not one of them. Please give me the chance to be the father that she would have wanted me to be. There is so much that I need to teach you about this planet and the light within. They are part of you, Peter."
―Ego to Star-Lord[src]

While gazing at a statue of Meredith Quill and Ego conceiving Peter Quill built on his planet, Quill stated that his family back on Earth thought she was delusional because she thought Ego was from the stars, but they blamed the tumor for making her delusional. Quill and Ego both got into a heated argument about why Ego never returned to see Meredith, to which Ego explained that his humanoid form must return to his planet regularly otherwise his planet will decay if he didn't return; most importantly, he could not stand Meredith's death, claiming Quill could not understand how this felt.

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Ego teaches Peter Quill to harness his power

Quill angrily exclaimed that Ego never suffered as much as he did because he had actually watched her pass away. Ego grievously stated that, despite him making countless mistakes for eons, Quill is not one of them and he wishes to be the father who bonds with his son, stating it is what Meredith wished for. He teaches Quill to focus on Ego's essence within the planet to harness energy to conjure up an energy ball, which Ego and Quill used to play a game of catch, thus resulting in a bonding between father and son.

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Gamora and Nebula discover Ego's secret

Meanwhile, Drax the Destroyer and Gamora met with Mantis, Ego's assistant, and began questioning her about Ego himself, as well as why she is with him. Nebula arrived on Ego's planet and attempted to kill Gamora, who survived and defeated her sister however, the two sisters began to reach an uneasy alliance. Mantis overheard of what will happen if Ego and Quill will meet up together and show him his power, in which she warned Drax afterward in his sleep. Gamora and Nebula discovered thousands of skeletons hidden inside the caves of Ego's planet, and Gamora's feeling that Ego was hiding a secret from them appeared to be right.[1]

True Colors Revealed

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Ego bonds with Quill by teaching his heritage

"Who in the hell do you think you are?!"
"You killed my mother!"
"I tried so hard to find the form that best suited you and this is the thanks I get? You really need to grow up!"
―Ego and Star-Lord[src]

Ego once again bonds with his son over their mutual love for earth music, especially those which were Meredith's favorites. Ego, after Quill had an argument with Gamora, then explained to his son that they both are immortal beings who have a purpose to fulfill. Ego revealed his plans, during which he hypnotized Quill, unlocking a Celestial state inside Quill that was willing to help him take over the universe. He continues to reveal his plans to Quill then shouts out he's not alone for the first time in years or in his life.

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Ego hypnotizes Star-Lord with his powers

Ego notices Quill starting to fight off his control, as Quill was still able to maintain control over his senses due to the bond he has with his friends. Ego tries to get Quill back under his control by telling him that having friends brought out his mortal side which was not part of his purpose, and it almost works until Quill asks Ego about his mother. As Quill wonders, if Ego really did love Meredith, his father answers that he did, but because of this feeling, he almost abandoned his Expansion plans. Ego would have stayed on Earth forever if he had visited her one more time, so when he reveals that he deliberately caused Meredith's death by planting the tumor in her brain, although doing so broke his heart.

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Ego frustrated at Star-Lord after being shot at

This admission snaps Quill out of the trance and he blasts Ego's humanoid body apart by shooting him repeatedly with his Quad Blasters. Ego then reformed himself, briefly taking the form of Quill's role model David Hasselhoff just to mock him. Realizing that Quill remains firmly against him, he attacked Quill with tentacles of blue energy from the floor to restrain him, one of them phasing through Quill's torso. Ego began to draw power from Quill to activate the seedlings, which expanded and began to terraform planets across the galaxy.[1]

Battle on Ego's Planet


Ego reforming his body from pure energy

"Come now, Peter. I know this isn't what you want. What kind of father would I be to let you make this choice? Soon, Peter, we will be all there is. So stop pissing me off!"
―Ego to Star-Lord[src]

At this point, Mantis overcomes her own fear of Ego and warns Drax, Gamora, and Nebula of Ego's plan just as Rocket, Yondu Udonta, Groot, and Kraglin Obfonteri arrive.


Ego destroys Star-Lord's Walkman

The reunited Guardians reach the core of the planet, where Ego's brain is housed, and fight the Sovereign's arriving drones, having been alerted to the Guardians' location by the doomed Taserface, as well as Ego himself. Rocket makes a bomb out of the stolen Anulax Batteries that Groot proceeds to plant in Ego's brain, while Mantis uses her empathic power to cause Ego to sleep. The Guardians fight the Sovereign's drones until all of them are destroyed.


Ego furiously awakens and reforms his body

They enjoyed a brief moment of victory before a piece of falling debris strikes Mantis, reawakening the furious Ego. Ego easily subdues all of the Guardians with his power and restarts the Expansion while furiously demanding that Quill is on his side since because they are both gods, they are the only beings that matter. With Undonta's encouragement, Quill discovers his Celestial power and battles Ego to allow the other Guardians to escape and for Groot to finally plant the bomb on Ego's brain.[1]


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Ego battles against Star-Lord as Pac-Man

"Listen to me! You are a god! If you kill me, you'll be just like everybody else!"
"What's so wrong with that?"
―Ego and Star-Lord[src]

Until this point, both Star-Lord and Ego were about equally matched, however, Quill gained the upper hand through Groot's help with the bomb. Ego sensed the bomb on his brain and pleaded with Quill, telling him that if he let Ego die, he would lose his godhood and be normal like everyone else.

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Ego's avatar disintegrates in Star-Lord's arms

As Quill had already made his decision, he accepted to be normal as the bomb went off, much to Ego's horror. The bomb destroyed Ego's brain, while Quill watched his father's avatar disintegrate into the sand right in front of him. Without Ego's essence, his planet began to break down in a string of massive explosions, ending his reign to conquer the galaxy as his human form disintegrated and his planet form exploded.

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Star-Lord and Yondu Udonta fly away from Ego's imploding planet form

Ego's death immediately left Peter, now a mortal human, stranded on its core to die from suffocation. However, along with the rest of the Guardians, Yondu Udonta came to save Quill with his holographic space suit, saving Quill's life at the cost of his own, but not before telling him that Ego may have been his father but not his "daddy". During Yondu's funeral, Quill gave an eulogy recognizing that Ego was never his dad: Yondu was.[1]


Remembered by Star-Lord

"I've been through a lot. My father killed my mother, then I had to kill my father. And that was hard. Probably even harder than having to kill a sister."
Star-Lord to Thor[src]

Four years later, following the attack on the Statesman, the Guardians of the Galaxy rescued Thor, from outer space after being left for dead by Thanos and the Black Order. Once aboard the Benatar, Thor told them about the deaths of Loki and Hela, respectively his adoptive brother and half-sister, Star-Lord told him that by having been forced to kill Ego, he understood his pain and his patricide act was probably even harder than having to kill a sister.[3]


"It doesn't need to be like this, Peter. Why are you destroying our chance? Stop pretending you aren't what you are! One in billions? Trillions, even more! What greater meaning can life possibly have to offer?"
―Ego to Star-Lord[src]

When Ego met with the females he impregnated from all life-sustaining planets, including Meredith Quill, he appeared as an otherworldly explorer who wishes to learn more about other species. However, he later described himself as alternately "the sailor" and "the sea" from a song Quill's mother loved, demonstrating Ego's belief that he was the only thing that matters in the universe, at least from his perspective. Ego's initial desire was to find life, but when he found it he considered it to be disappointing compared to himself and other Celestials. After this, he came to a realization that he was not to walk among that life but instead found a new purpose, which was using The Expansion to spread across the universe, thus becoming the only life-form in all of existence. Being a Celestial, Ego lived for longer than most other civilizations. This gave him a god complex; having witnessed countless species adapt and evolve, Ego didn't consider anyone to have reached his standard of species perfection except for his own race which he described as godlike and considered expanding his own power via transforming the galaxy into extensions of himself and his progeny as the only meaning of his eternal life. 

To that end, Ego was an emotionally cold, ruthless and manipulative being. Upon meeting with the Guardians of the Galaxy and his son, Peter Quill, he presented himself as a cocky albeit wise father, sharing Quill's sense of humor and love of pop culture references to lull him into a false sense of security and eventually unlock his Celestial abilities. However, his belief of universal cleansing was too powerful to hide completely as Yondu Udonta un-fondly remembers Ego as a "jackass" when he was hired by him. He cares very little about his progeny, having abducted hundreds of his own children from their homes and families and murdering them when they failed to show any powers. Ego strongly believed that friends, family or emotional connections are worth little compared to his end goal of The Expansion as well as the fact that unlike the Celestials, they will die out eventually. Those belief led him to underestimate how strong those feelings truly are, especially when Peter used the love he had for his mother and the bond of friendship with his fellow Guardians to break free from his control and when he used those same feelings along with his close bond for Yondu to unlock his full Celestials abilities. That said, he was charming and hid his true nature by acting welcoming, friendly, and even humble, such as calling his planet no smaller than Earth's moon and stating himself as a god "with a small g." The only time Ego expressed fear and horror was at his last moments of life when Quill accepted being mortal and left him to die, knowing that his death meant that everything he created would be destroyed.

Despite his egocentricity, insanity and ruthless belief of universal cleansing, Ego genuinely fell in love with Earthling, Meredith Quill. He went to visit her three times until it got in the way of his plans to transform the universe, so he "reluctantly" put a tumor within her brain to kill her. Ego had a degree of fondness for Quill because he was a Celestial like him. He wanted to rule the galaxy with Quill by his side and later implored him to stop resisting him as he didn't wish to fight. Ego may have felt some grief for murdering all of his children as he needed Mantis to help him sleep through the only answer she gave was because of his progeny and not of any guilt or otherwise.

Mantis' role in the relationship between her and Ego acted as evidence towards his superior and somewhat abusive personality. Although not obvious, Ego kept Mantis on his planet purely for his own benefit. Disregarding the importance for her to be exposed to other lifeforms, Ego did not care for Mantis and autonomy as a person, but only himself. In the seduction model, Ego showed Quill how he procreated with many species across the galaxy. Though it is entirely possible that he used his false charm to impregnate them, one seemed to be a child, implying Ego was not bound by the morality of age to create his progeny.

Powers and Abilities


"You own a planet, and can destroy two dozen spaceships without a suit. What are you, exactly?"
"I'm what's called a Celestial, sweetheart."
"A Celestial? Like a god?"
"Well, small G, son."
Gamora, Ego and Star-Lord[src]

Celestial Physiology: Ego is a Celestial, a primordial race of entities with vast cosmic power, capable of manipulating matter and energy. Ego lacks a true body, and instead is a glowing blue brain which housed his consciousness. Over millions of years, Ego was able to gradually build up a planet around himself to protect his core and was able to mold it anyway he desired. Ego also desired a body to understand what it meant to be a mortal, and created an avatar of his own design.


Ego captures Star-Lord in his light tentacle

  • Energy Manipulation: Ego essentially describes his powers as "light". In particular, a blue, fiery light that he could shape and transform into physical constructs. He once projected radiant beams from his fingers that are able to unlock handcuffs. He even taught his son, Peter Quill, how to manipulate light.
    • Light Tentacles: Ego is able to create massive light tentacles to combat and restrain Quill and his allies. They could also phase through people to cause them pain and incapacitate them without inflicting damage, as they did to Quill when they phased through his torso and his head. He also used these tendrils to tether himself to his ship while standing outside of it, seemingly drawing energy from it to shoot out projectiles and destroy the Sovereign fleet.
    • Light Beams: Ego projected a few blasts while standing outside his ship which were powerful enough to destroy all of the Sovereign spaceships attacking the Guardians.
    • Light Form: Ego can also mold the energy to create a humanoid form for himself. His radiance could also directly possess the structure of the planet to allow him to more seamlessly manipulate and reshape it.
    • Power Drawing: Ego used his light manipulation powers to forcibly draw on the Celestial powers from his son's essence to activate his seedlings.
    • Hypnosis Inducement: Ego has the ability to make people docile and susceptible to suggestion with a touch to the victim's forehead, sending a surge of energy into their minds. He would use this to compel his children into activating his seedlings. He did this to Star-Lord to make his eyes black with small, star-like lights, and allowed him to see the multiple seeds across the galaxy. However, they can resist if the bond they have for someone was so strong which would help them snap out of the effects, or if they are extremely angered, like Star-Lord's bond for his friends and mom, while being angry at Ego for killing his mom
  • Biological Manipulation: Ego has also shown to be able to create and manipulate biological matter. In order to interact with the intelligent lifeforms that populates the universe, Ego created for himself an humanoid avatar who reflected his idea of a biological humanoid being. His avatar is an extension of his own consciousness and is provided with a digestive system, pain receptors and a reproductive system, as Ego explained to Drax that he "does indeed have a penis". However, it requires periodic returns to his main body to regenerate in the light of his planet to continue functioning. Ego was also able to manipulate the biology of other individuals, such as implanting a tumor inside Meredith Quill's brain in order to kill her.
    • Reconstitution: The body can reconstitute itself when damaged, and rebuild from the ground when completely destroyed. When Star-Lord repeatedly shot Ego after hearing his confession, Ego's avatar began repairing itself almost immediately. Even during his battle with his son, the Avatar always repairs itself if it took too much damage.
    • Shapeshifting: Ego's features can also be heavily altered, as he showed to his son Peter Quill when transforming himself into David Hasselhoff.
    • Superhuman Strength: As a Celestial, Ego's physical strength is at immense superhuman levels. He was able to casually crush Star-Lord's Walkman in his hand, as well as smash through stones and propel his son across the vast underground center of his planet during their fight. It is also said by the Collector that these beings have such incalculable strength, due to the fact that they can allegedly wield the Infinity Stones.
    • Superhuman Durability: In addition to his powerful strength, Ego also has incredible levels of superhuman durability which makes him almost impervious to physical attacks. His avatars are also extremely superhumanly durable. He was able to withstand his son's Celestial powers and attacks and crashing through rock at bullet-like speed with little harm done to himself. He was also able to stand outside of his ship in the vacuum of space unfazed.
  • Immortality: Ego, like his race, was immortal and ancient. While giving Star-Lord, Gamora, and Drax a tour of his planet, he stated that he was millions of years old. He can only be truly killed if his true form, his brain, is destroyed.
"Over millions of years, I learned to control the molecules around me. I grew smarter and stronger. And I continued building from there, layer by layer, the very planet you walk on now."
  • Molecular Manipulation: Ego is able to manipulate matter at a molecular level thanks to his Celestial powers. While giving Star-Lord, Drax, and Gamora a tour of his planet, he stated that it took him millions of years to master this ability, and that it was thanks to this ability he was able to form the planet they were walking on.
    • Matter Manipulation: During the battle with his son, he created various melee weapons out of matter and even created a humanoid giant of himself.[4]
    • Flight: When battling Quill across the center of his planet, he was able to hover and fly through the air at bullet-like speeds along with his son, seemingly by using the surrounding matter to propel himself.
    • Planetary Form:
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      Ego in his Planetary Form

      Ego was able to use his molecular manipulation to create a shell around himself, which after millions of years, he later evolved into a planet. He can manipulate the planet on a molecular level. His brain is stored in the center of his planet's core, while his energy form could traverse the planet and use matter it manipulated to make itself physically manifest. While directly possessing the planet, he could more seamlessly manipulate and reshape its structure, such as to cause the ground to trap members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, no matter where they were.
    • Seedling Creation: Ego is able to create alien seedlings in order to terraform the worlds across the universe into his own extensions. When activated, these seedlings begin to terraform the planet into extensions of Ego's power and consciousness.


  • Combatant: After being turned on by Star-Lord, Ego engaged his son in a fight, where he was able to force Peter to go on the defensive against him.


Other Equipment

  • Resources: Ego has also amassed vast amounts of units and other resources throughout his immortal life, due to having been able to generously compensate Yondu and his Ravagers to deliver his children to him. It's also possible that he could generate the units with the aid of his matter manipulation powers.







  • In the comics, Ego was the result of the merger of the scientist Egros with all the living creatures of his home planet, including his entire race, as a result of a star going nova due to the actions of the Stranger. Ego settled into conquering other worlds early during his existence, and came into conflict against Thor and the Nova Corps. Ego's humanoid avatar bears resemblance to Ego Prime.
    • An alternate parallel of Ego did something similar to the Expansion in Exiles #52-53, he was seen using a Seed of Awareness to give Earth sentience, thus making it a living planet much like himself.
  • In the comics, Peter Quill's father was J'Son of Spartax, the Emperor of the Spartoi Empire.
  • While Ego was on Earth, he drove a teal and orange 1979 Ford Mustang Cobra. The same colors would later be used by Quill for the Milano.[1] The car's license plate is the same of James Gunn's Buick Elektra that he drove when he was in high school.[5]
  • Ego is the second main antagonist to have familial ties with the main protagonist of the movie he appears, while being preceded by Loki in Thor.
  • Ego was first mentioned in Guardians of the Galaxy, making him the first movie main antagonist to be mentioned before his debut.
  • Ego seems to be a fan of the band Looking Glass, calling them "one of Earth's best musicians".

Behind the Scenes

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"J'Son" was used as a codename for Ego in the concept art and on the script of the movie

  • Following the release of the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, only four people knew the identity of Peter Quill's father: James Gunn, Kevin Feige, Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn. James Gunn also confirmed that Jason of Spartax was not intended to be Peter Quill's father as in the comics.[6] James Gunn himself, at the San Diego Comic Con on July 23, 2016, revealed that Ego was Peter Quill's father.[7] Several days after the film's release, Gunn explained in an interview why he made the change: "I just don't like the character [J'son] very much," he said. "I also thought it was too much like a Star Wars thing because of the royalty and all of that."[8]
  • Ego's youthful appearance in the prologue of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 resembles Kurt Russell's appearance in the 1980s, using Russell's appearance in Used Cars as the primary reference.[9] This was achieved by having Russell shoot the scene alongside Laura Haddock while wearing makeup and motion capture markers, with Aaron Schwartz studying Russell's performance and then mimicking it. Digital effects were then used to fuse part of Schwartz's skin onto Russell's body in post production. This process was very expensive and difficult, and took almost the entire post production period to perfect.[10] Ironically, Chris Pratt initially pitched the idea of having Star-Lord remark that Ego looked like Kurt Russell, but his idea was promptly rejected by James Gunn.[11]
  • As 20th Century Fox owned the cinematic rights to Ego the Living Planet, Marvel Studios traded rights with Fox in order to use him in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In exchange for granting Fox the rights to change the powers of Negasonic Teenage Warhead and use her in Deadpool, Fox transferred Ego's cinematic rights to Marvel Studios.[12] Gunn was unaware that Marvel did not own the character, and was very lucky to have the deal work out, stating: "When I first pitched Ego as Quill's father, I THOUGHT we owned the character. After I had worked out a very elaborate story with Ego the Living Planet as a very important part of the Marvel cosmic universe, I learned that we actually didn't own the character. I had no back up plan, and it would be nearly impossible to just drop another character in. Thank God Fox came to us and wanted to make a trade."[13]
    • Coincidentally, both "Ego the Living Planet" and "Negasonic Teenage Warhead" are names of songs by the band Monster Magnet.
  • Matthew McConaughey was offered to portray the character before Kurt Russell, but he turned it down to portray Walter Padick in The Dark Tower.[14]
  • John Casino and Todd Warren were stunt doubles for Kurt Russell in the role of Ego.


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