Just who exactly are these A-holes?
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Peter "Star-Lord" Quill
Origin allusion: The movie does a good job dropping hints that Peter Quill is not what he seems. From his mother's comment about his "angel" of a father to the more concrete NovaCorps biometric scan showing Star-Lord is only half-Terran, Marvel wants you to know Quill is special. As is usually the case with mysterious parentage, Star-Lord is indeed descended from alien royalty.
But wait: In the opening moments of the film, young Quill's mother dies of cancer. In grief, Quill flees the hospital and is abducted by alien mercenaries commissioned by his father to retrieve him. In the comics, Star-Lord's uncle hires assassins to kill the Quills to secure his place in the line of succession. An adolescent Quill watches his mother murdered before his eyes by aliens and spends the rest of his formative years vowing revenge. To this end he excels at school and earns top marks in NASA's space program. As an accomplished — but socially withdrawn — astronaut, Quill is overlooked for promotion due to his abrasive personality. When a celestial being appears above Earth with the promise of turning one human into a Star-Lord, Quill hijacks a spacecraft in order to finally get revenge on those who murdered his mother.
So what now? Good question. Star-Lord's origin has been changed so drastically his parentage is pretty much up in the air. Originally he was half-Spartoi…the son of exiled Prince J'son of Spartax. However it might make more sense to change Quill's father to Prince J'son of SHI'AR for continuity's sake. After all the Kree and the Shi'ar are inextricably intertwined, with the Kree having subsumed most of the Shi'ar Empire. If Prince J'son was a one of few of his race not under the influence of the Kree and on the run to save his people from enslavement, it would tie together nicely for Marvel.