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- NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Ego from the Marvel Cinematic film series. The mainstream version can be found here: Ego the Living Planet.
|“||I call it the "Expansion". It is my purpose, and now it is yours as well. 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 revealing his true plans.|
|“||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 Peter.|
Ego the Living Planet is the main antagonist of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. A version of him also serves as the main antagonist of "What If... T'Challa Became a Star-Lord?", the second episode of the Marvel animated anthology series What If...?.
He is an egotistical and omnicidal Celestial who desires to expand himself over the entire universe, which would mean the destruction of all life in it. Like Ronan from the first film, this version of Ego is far crueler, malevolent and an infinitely bigger threat than his mainstream comic counterpart ever was. Not only is he is the second arch-nemesis of the Guardians of the Galaxy, but he is also the biological father and most hated foe of Peter Quill outside of Thanos.
He was portrayed by Kurt Russell, who also played Stuntman Mike in Death Proof and John Ruth in The Hateful Eight. Aaron Schwartz was his body double as his younger self. His alternative form was briefly portrayed by David Hasselhoff, who also played Garthe Knight in Knight Rider.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personality
- 3 Relationships
- 4 Quotes
- 5 Trivia
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|“||Ego: I was afraid it wouldn't take to the soil, but it grew quickly, and soon it'll be everywhere. All across the universe.
Meredith: I don't know what you're talking about, but I like the way you say it.
Ego: My heart is yours, Meredith Quill.
Meredith: I can't believe I fell in love with a spaceman.
|~ Ego and Meredith expressing their love for one another.|
Millions of years ago, Ego was born as a member of a primordial, brain-like race known as the Celestials. He dwelled in loneliness for years, until he discovered his ability to manipulate matter and constructed a protective shell around himself. Over the course of many years, he kept building layers over the shell which evolved into a planet itself. The interstellar coordinates of this planet were G52 22C848T12F+E16UC22.
After this, he began to wonder about the purpose of his existence. To find purpose and meaning, Ego decided to create a humanoid avatar, which was an extension of his consciousness, to explore the galaxy and dwell among other galactic civilizations as well as learn about these civilizations.
During the 1980s, Ego met Meredith Quill on Earth and fell in love with her. He takes Meredith behind a Dairy Queen and shows her a beautiful small blue flower, and pridefully claims that soon it will be grown all across the universe. Meredith states that she doesn't understand what he is saying, but loves the way he is saying it before continuing to make out with him. Unknown to her, her lover wasn't even close to being the gentleman she thought he was.
Guardians of the Galaxy
|“||Kraglin: Yeah, Quill turned out okay. It's probably good we didn't deliver him to his dad like we was hired to do.
Yondu: Yeah, that guy was a jackass.
|~ Yondu and Kraglin, foreshadowing Ego's true colors.|
Ego did not appear in the film, but was mentioned by Irani Rael when she tells Star-Lord that he was able to survive the Power Stone, which he used along with the Guardians of the Galaxy to destroy Ronan the Accuser from destroying Xandar, thanks to the species of his mysterious father, allowing Peter to become aware that his father was still alive. He was also mentioned by Yondu and Kraglin when they brought up the Celestial's request to pick up his son for him. The duo stated that not giving him to his father was a noble choice, with Yondu referring to Ego as a "jackass", foreshadowing Ego's true colors in the sequel.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Meeting With the Guardians
In the present, Ego rescues the Guardians from Ayesha by obliterating all the drone ships chasing them, although only Rocket notices him. After the Guardians crash-land on a nearby planet, Ego and his servant Mantis descend onto the planet and Ego introduces himself as Star-Lord's father. Star-Lord and his father then get to know each other and Ego offers to let his son and his friends come to his planet, and, while Star-Lord has doubt about his true intentions and that he may not be his true father, Gamora assures him that there is a good chance that Ego is his true father and that he shouldn't let this opportunity slide. With that, Star-Lord, Gamora, and Drax depart with Ego and Mantis, while Rocket and Groot stay behind with the captured Nebula. On the ship, Mantis uses her powers to help Ego sleep.
Taking the Guardians on his World
On his world, Ego shows his son, Star-Lord and Gamora the beauty of his planet. Ego then explains his origin; Millions of years ago, he was a small, speck like being that developed thought and learned to control matter, eventually building himself the planet. Ego then searched the cosmos for other forms of life, eventually finding life and falling in love with and impregnating Meredith Quill on Earth. After he heard about how Meredith had contracted brain cancer and was dying, he hired Yondu Udonta to retrieve his son from Earth and deliver him, although Yondu didn't follow his orders and instead kept Quill around because he could fit inside small spaces and Ego has been searching for him ever since.
Peter Quill then angrily asks to know why Ego abandoned his mother during her time of need, and he states that, if his planet isn't under his constant attention, it will dissipate. Ego then tells his son that he does truly care for him and wants to be the father that he never got to be. Ego then shows Peter how to access his Celestial powers, teaching him how to create and playing catch with him, something that Peter was upset over never having done. Meanwhile, Mantis, while bonding with Drax, attempts to tell him something about Ego's planet, but decides not to when Gamora unintentionally interrupts them. While exploring the planet, Mantis states that there are no other people on the planet because "a dog doesn't let fleas onto its back".
When questioned by Gamora over what she was about to say, Mantis hesitates and claims she wasn't going to say anything. Because of this, Gamora becomes concerned over what Ego's intentions are and ends up at an impasse with Star-Lord, who completely trusts his father and wants to bond with him while also being annoyed with her for trying to turn him against him.
True Intentions Revealed
|“||I call it "The Expansion". It is my purpose, and now it is yours as well. 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 reveals his intentions to Peter.|
After Gamora leaves and tries to contact Rocket (ending up in a fight with Nebula), Ego continues to teach Peter about his abilities, stating that, as long as the Planet's core is intact, the both of them are immortal. Ego then prepares to show Star-Lord the purpose of their existence and expands on his origin, giving his son the ability to see the entire universe at once, all of which is witnessed by Mantis, who heads off to warn Drax of what Ego has planned.
Ego explains that, when he found other life in the universe, he was disappointed at what he found and decided that the purpose of all life in the universe was to become him, and that the "flowers" he had planted were actually all extensions of himself that he planted in thousands of different worlds. Ego soon realized that even a single Celestial wouldn't have the power to activate all the extensions at once, however, two would, and then began breeding with thousands of different alien species in order to find the one whose genetics would line up with his own and create a new Celestial, and would then corrupt Yondu to have him retrieve the child he created for him, however, every single child conceived was a failure that Ego soon killed (the skeletal remains of which were all discovered by Gamora and Nebula). Ego then stated that the one thing he did not expect was actually falling in love with Meredith Quill, and knowing that his love would get in the way of his goals, he decided to get rid of her once Peter was born, stating that "It broke my heart when I had to put that tumor in her head." Discovering that his father was responsible for his mother's death, Star-Lord snapped out of his trance and angrily began shooting him and blowing his form to pieces. Ego then reforms himself, briefly taking the form of Quill's role model David Hasselhoff just to mock him. Realizing that his son would never go along with his plans and being angry over being shot, Ego uses his powers to possess his son to absorb his power and starts activating the extensions. Ego then cruelly crushes Peter's Walkman, the last sentiment to his late mother. Before his plans could go any further, Yondu and Rocket crash their ship directly on top of Ego, temporarily stunning him while the team freed Star-Lord and got away. After escaping, Yondu wished to leave the planet as soon as possible, however, Star-Lord stated that his father was too dangerous to be left alive and has Yondu fly down to the planet's core, as it is the source of all Ego's power and life.
The team tries to burn a hole in the core's protective layer, however, Ayesha and her Sovereign drones arrive and try to kill the Guardians again, at the same time, Ego manages to find them and uses his energy tentacles to try and kill them. Drax then manages to convince Mantis to use her powers to make Ego fall asleep, temporarily putting him out of the fight, although Mantis eventually ends up being knocked out during the chaos, allowing Ego to continue trying to destroy the Guardians. Ego's physical form then surfaces underground and berates Star-Lord for trying to stop him, eventually managing to have all the Guardians at his mercy, starting to crush Rocket, Gamora, Groot, Nebula, and Yondu to death, drowning Drax in the sand and possessing Star-Lord yet again and beginning to re-spread his extensions, telling his son that there is nothing worth fighting for except power.
Battle on Ego's Planet and Death
|“||Stop. Listen to me! You are a God. If you kill me, you'll be just like everybody else! (Peter: What's so wrong with that?) No!||„|
|~ Ego's last words before he dies.|
After getting some inspirational words from Yondu and reminiscing of the happy moments with his friends and family, Star-Lord furiously tells his father that he shouldn't have killed his mother and destroyed his Walkman, before harnessing his own Celestial powers, breaking free from his father's control, much to the latter's complete surprise. Star-Lord then begins to mercilessly pummel his father into submission whilst simultaneously saving his friends and stopping the spread of the extensions. Ego however manages to free himself from his son's grip and throw him on a rock. Enraged at Quill's defiance and determined to take him down, he transforms himself into a giant of stone facing Quill transformed into Pacman. As Star-Lord and his father fight, Groot delivers Rocket's bomb to the center of the planet and arms it, allowing the team five minutes to escape, with Rocket regretfully having to leave Star-Lord behind in order to not risk the lives of his other friends. Exhausted due to having fought each other at their full power, Star-Lord, too tired to use his powers, and still outraged over his mother's death, continues beating and holding down Ego in order to prevent him from ever getting to the core. Ego then shouts at Peter, telling him that if he allows the core to be destroyed, he'll be normal and lose his powers. However, Peter nonchalantly asks him what's the problem with that, implying that he's willing to give up his powers for the sake of his own friends. This causes Ego to scream in fear as the bomb goes off and destroys the core, turning him into dust and ending his threat once and for all, also avenging Meredith Quill's death.
Avengers: Infinity War
In the film, the Guardians rescued Thor following the deaths of Loki Laufeyson, Heimdall, and half of the Asgardian refugees at the hands of Thanos and the Black Order. Ego was mentioned by Star-Lord when Thor explained his recent battle against his evil half-sister Hela, relating his battle against Ego implying that he went through worse since he had to go through with killing his father.
In the second episode What If... T'Challa Became a Star-Lord?, a variant of Ego plays a similar role to the one his original counterpart had in an alternate universe where Prince T'Challa from Wakanda became Star-Lord instead of Peter Quill, as Yondu Udonta asked his fellow Ravagers to retrieve Peter instead of doing it himself. However, as Yondu decides to take T'Challa as his surrogate son, he decides to not inform Ego about his failure to retrieve Peter, likely for the same reasons he didn't deliver Peter in the original universe.
Years later, in 2008, after defeating The Collector and freeing his slaves, T'Challa returns alongside Yondu and all his friends to Wakanda, and during a party, Yondu decides to tell T'Chaka, Ramonda and Shuri how did he end up taking T'Challa. At the end of the episode, Ego makes an appearance by visiting Peter, now working as a janitor at a Dairy Queen, on Earth, saying that he wants to meet him, leading the Watcher, who has seen the episode's events, to speculate if Ego's relationship with Peter will cause the end of the world, but says that such story will have to wait.
In the eight episode What If... Ultron Won?, a variant of Ego's planet is seen in an alternate universe where Ultron defeated the Avengers and brought about humanity's extinction before killing Thanos and destroying all life in his universe, becoming Infinity Ultron. During his intergalactic genocidal quest, after killing the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Sovereign, before attacking Xandar, Infinity Ultron's sentries attack by Ego's planet, swarming a surpised Ego until his planet was blown up, killing him.
In the ninth episode What If... The Watcher Broke His Oath?, the Ego variant of the universe where T'Challa became Star-Lord appears again. After meeting up with Peter, Ego starts the Expansion by incapacitating his son and using him as a living battery, promising that his suffering would approximately end a millenium later. However, the Ravager fleet attacks the expanding mass from the Dairy Queen before T'Challa arrives to rescue Peter and straps an explosive to Ego, incapacitating him for a while. At the end of the episode, T'Challa is shown to have apparently recruited Peter Quill to become one of the Ravagers, which likely means that just like his original counterpart, Ego will not be able to perform the Expansion and will fight the Ravagers from now on.
|“||He may have been your father, boy, but he wasn't your daddy.||„|
|~ Yondu Udonta on Ego.|
Ego initially appears to be very sympathetic and kind, a loving father and lover as well as affable towards those who know him, but as his true intentions are revealed, the monster inside him comes to the light. He is a very violent, immature, selfish, cold, dangerous, and horrifyingly ruthless monster, being one of the most vicious and dangerous villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far, and also the one with the most victims in one film, surpassing the atrocities caused by Ronan (who was the most violent enemy the Guardians faced before the second film) until Thanos wiped out half the universe. Unlike Ronan, he is very good at hiding his true goal; the latter never bothered to even act politely, and while the Accuser was driven by pure hatred, Ego is rather driven by a life's purpose. He has no qualms about killing his own children; he also believes his form and intelligence is the only one that should rule the galaxy. This stemmed from his disillusionment over life he encountered, which he considered inferior and not up to his standard of species perfection, which made him consider expanding his own power by transforming the galaxy into extensions of himself and his progeny as the only meaning of his eternal life. Also, the countless years of loneliness he has endured did not help. Ego also strongly believes 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. His God complex prevents him from seeing the entire extent of the evil he has done throughout millenia, and he sees his actions as necessary for his plan rather than evil despite being well aware of how said actions hurt others. Besides, although not really obvious, he is arrogant, being so convinced that mortals are useless to the Universe that he is absolutely sure that his son will agree with his plan. This arrogance also makes him think he is the most powerful being in the Universe and that nobody can reach his power, even believing it will take to Peter several millions of years of learning to master it. Ironically, despite completely disregarding mortal life, when it becomes clear to him his death is imminent, Ego is absolutely frightened.
As a manipulator, he usually presented himself as a charming and respectable person, and hides 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" and other friendly facades. When Ego met with the women he impregnated from different planets, such as Meredith Quill, he came off as an otherworldly traveler who only wishes to learn more about other species. However, he later describes himself as alternately "the sailor" and "the sea" from a song Peter's mother loved, demonstrating Ego's belief that he is the only thing that matters in the universe, at least from his perspective (As well as further setting himself up as a kind of evil, psychopathic and indifferent counterpart to his son, taking Peter's love of oldies music and turning it into a justification for his evil). Upon meeting with the Guardians of the Galaxy and his son, Peter Quill, he posed 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. Even with his manipulative and charismatic attitude, Yondu Udonta ruthlessly remembers Ego as a "jackass" when he was hired by him, once he realized Ego killed the previous children. Though not fully aware with how dangerous Ego can be, Yondu knows that bad things will happen to Quill had he reunited with his father, prompting him to adopt him as his son instead of giving him to Ego.
Despite all of that, Ego seemingly 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. However, Ego soon forgot about the supposed love he had for Meredith, with Ego trying to explain to Star-Lord that killing Meredith sounds bad but it wasn't really a bad action. In addition, his way of killing her in a very painful death makes his supposed love for her very questionable. On the other hand, the fact that he needs Mantis' help to sleep implies that, for all his horrific actions and callousness towards mortal life, deep down he still felt guilt for his actions over the millennia or at least, indicating that he's always stressed about his plan possibly failing. However, one could also say that he only did it because he wanted to control her as she mentions that he treated her like a pet. Ego also had a degree of fondness for Quill because he was a Celestial like him thus could help with his plan. He never outright lies to Peter about anything (at least, nothing that he really had any reason to lie about). However, he does pick out specific things to tell him and when to tell him. Ego also still cared for his son before his betrayal, and instead of immediately taking his son's energy the first chance he had, preferred to get to know his son and openly told him that he wanted to rule the universe together and didn't want to live alone, until Quill turned against him and forced his hand. This led Ego to lose all care for Star-Lord because he had no problem turning Star-Lord into a battery for a thousand years so he can start his cataclysmic plan, and on the way, losing all guilt that he could have.
Ego's relationship with Mantis (his adopted daughter) was heavily tainted by his narcissistic and abusive personality. Ignoring the importance for raising her to survive in the universe, Ego treated her more like a "flea with a purpose" (i.e. a pet) by not letting anyone else reside on his surface prior to meeting the Guardians. Furthermore, given her lack of social skills, it is likely that Ego didn't even care about her enough to teach her the basics of mortal life.
All this makes Ego a childish, selfish monster who will disregard his few redeeming traits to get his way.
- Peter Quill/Star-Lord - Son, pawn, attempted victim, and Arch-Enemy
- Thousands of unnamed Offspring † - Children, Attempted Pawns, and Victims
- Nebula- Attempted Victim
- The Ravagers
- Yondu Udonta † - Former Employee turned Enemy and indirect victim
- Kraglin Obfonteri - Former Employee turned Enemy and attempted victim
- The Guardians of the Galaxy
- Peter Quill/Star-Lord
- Gamora † - Attempted victim
- Drax - Attempted victim
- Groot - Killer and attempted victim
- Rocket Raccoon - Killer and attempted victim
- Mantis - Former Ward turned Enemy and attempted victim
- Ego is perhaps one of the most dangerous villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even surpassing Thanos, being the only villain to surpass him on being more dangerous. Thanos only wanted to kill half of the universe so the other half would thrive, while Ego wanted to assimilate the entire universe into himself. However, while Thanos did succeed in his plans in Avengers: Infinity War, Ego did not.
- In the comics, Ego is not a Celestial, but rather an Elder of the Universe, like the Collector and Grandmaster. He has been an enemy of Thor and the Nova Corps for a long time.
- In the comics as well as the 2015 animated show based on Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill's father is a completely different character named J'son of Spartax. James Gunn considered this character's royal status to be a repeat of Star Wars and otherwise did not like him in general, hence the decision to change the identity of Star-Lord's father. Concept art for the movie refers to Ego as J'son to hide the reveal.
- Ego's human appearance is based on Ord Zyonz, the Gardener, one of the Elders of the Universe and the keeper of the Time Stone before Thanos.
- Ego was the second Celestial to appear in the MCU (the first one was Eson the Searcher).
- Kurt Russell, who portrayed Ego, also portrays Mr. Nobody in the The Fast and The Furious franchise. Coincidentally, both Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and The Fate of the Furious came out in 2017.
- Ego's death is an ironic echo of how he chose to kill Meredith Quill. While Meredith gradually died from a brain tumor that was deliberately put into her skull, Ego had his brain destroyed by a bomb powered with the Sovereign's batteries.
- Ego's love for the song Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) stems from the Celestial viewing himself as the sailor who is supposedly singing the closing refrain. Ego feels that he doesn't have time for weaker beings like Star-Lord and Meredith, just as the sailor feels that he doesn't have any time for the woman with whom he begins a love affair.
- Although Ego's comic book counterpart was never particularly nice or heroic, he was a relatively harmless joke character when anyone except Jack Kirby wrote stories featuring him. Prior to his appearance in Ultimates 2 fighting alongside Galactus, most stories had ridiculous plots such as the Hulk fighting monstrous acne on his surface or Rocket Raccoon de-lousing his hair. Here, he is a spiteful, selfish, sociopathic, egotistical, omnicidal maniac who is willing to murder anyone who interferes in his goal, whether it is Peter's half-siblings for not inheriting Celestial powers, or Meredith Quill for triggering the romantic feelings that he considered a hindrance. Ego's "Expansion", which involves consuming every habitable place in the universe, is presented as a completely serious threat for killing all other life forms in the process. Much like Ronan, Ego is hence markedly more malicious in the Marvel Cinematic Universe than in the original comics.
- Gary Oldman, Viggo Mortensen, Christoph Waltz, the late Christopher Plummer, the late Max von Sydow, Alec Baldwin, Ron Perlman, Stephen Lang, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Robert De Niro, Michael Biehn, Mel Gibson and Liam Neeson were all considered for the role of Ego before Kurt Russell was cast.
- Ego's plan to terraform a planet to wipe out life is similar to Ultron's, except Ultron only tried to wipe out an entire planet while Ego tried to wipe out the entire universe. Also unlike Ultron who started out with good intentions, Ego lacked any good will from the moment he started his plan.
- Although he claims to be a Celestial, another one is seen in the previous movie and he looks like a giant humanoid while Ego's true form is a white brain, which is completely different. There can be two explanations for this:
- Each Celestial looks unique and different from one another.
- It's possible that Ego's true form being a white brain is the same for all Celestials, and that in the same way that Ego is able to manipulate he elements to create a planet from surrounding his true body, other Celestials have used the same method but to create a humanoid form surrounding their bodies.
- Ego, from a behavioral point of view, is a malignant tumor. He infects planet with seeds and when these seeds are activated, they grow and kill everything on their way.
- Ego's personality is strongly influenced by his millions of years of unwilling isolation without any interactions. When he became to able to move himself into the Universe and seek others lifeforms, he ended disappointed because there were mortals unlike him so they were gonna die eventually, hence why he decided to assimilate the Universe into himself. However, despite his claims, he was never alone because there are others immortals beings in the MCU. This makes his excuse of his horrible acts nullified.
- His name "Ego" says a lot about him. He is a perfect example of Narcissistic personality disorder. He has a high sentiment of superiority and greatly lacks of empathy.
- Ego's brain originally beats like a normal heart but after Groot activates the bomb on him, he begins beating much faster, clearly showing his fear of his imminent death.
- Ego has some Satanic elements. Meredith described him as an "angel, composed of pure light" and the name Lucifer means "light bringer". Like many representations of Satan, Ego is charismatic and egotistical, corrupts both Yondu Udonta and Peter and is willing to destroy many lives if that benefits him.
- Kurt Russell, who played Ego, is the father of Wyatt Russell, who also played another character in the MCU, U.S. Agent.
- Ego at the Pure Evil Wiki