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Chris Pratt Discusses Star-Lord’s Journey in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

By Josh Bate & George Bate

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Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 MARVEL.

The final chapter in the critically acclaimed Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy arrives this week exclusively in movie theaters, with the film promising to be a fitting ending for this team of lovable heroes.

The Guardians have been an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since their debut nearly ten years ago, with Star-Lord, Gamora, and Nebula having significant links to the main villain of the Infinity Saga, Thanos. The group has been through a lot since then, from the loss of friends and family (such as Yondu) to the infamous snap that changed the universe forever.

Chris Pratt’s leading hero, Star-Lord, has arguably been through the most out of anyone in the Guardians crew. Speaking at the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Press Conference, which The HoloFiles had the opportunity to attend, Pratt discussed how Star Lord’s journey in the franchise thus far has impacted where he is at the beginning of this third chapter.

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Michael Rooker as Yondu and Chris Pratt as Star-Lord/Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

“He has been lost,” Pratt said. “In the beginning, 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… kinda B.S., 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.”

Beyond the trauma of losing his mother and finding himself in the unknown vastness of space (not to mention the planet-sized daddy issues in Vol. 2), Star-Lord has also endured another notable loss: the death of Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War. Although the time travel mechanics of Avengers: Endgame meant that Zoe Saldana’s character returns in this new movie, she is not the same Gamora as the one that Pratt’s hero knew. Instead, this is an alternate version of the character, one that is notably different because she never joined the Guardians. As Pratt explains, that furthers the feelings of loss and loneliness that Star Lord finds himself in the midst of.

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Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord in Avengers: Infinity War

“He’s a guy who’s constantly been searching for who he is,” Pratt remarked. “And then he found it again in his relationship with Gamora.  And so, when that’s 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’s lost.  And that probably does mean that he’s sad.”

Check out our review of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 below:

REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 releases on May 5 exclusively in movie theaters.

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