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    Star-Lord(Peter Quill) is a fictional character appearing inc comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Steve Englehaert and Steve Gan and first appeared in Marvel Preview #4(January 1976).

    The son of a human named Meredith Quill and the Spartoi J'son, Quill assumes the mantle of Star-Lord, an interplanetary policeman. The character played a role in the crossover comic book storylines "Annihilation" (2006) and "Annihilation: Conquest" (2007), and became the leader of the space-based superhero team Guardians of the Galaxy in the 2008 relaunch of the comic of the same name.

    Publication History(1)

    The character first appeared in the black-and-white magazine publication Marvel Preview #4 (Jan 1976). Creator Steve Englehart had plans for the character that went unrealized. He later reflected on his website:

    "I conceived something very large. My hero would go from being an unpleasant, introverted jerk to the most cosmic being in the universe, and I would tie it into my then-new interest in astrology. After his earthbound beginning, his mind would be opened step by step, with a fast-action story on Mercury, a love story on Venus, a war story on Mars, and so on out to the edge of the solar system, and then beyond."

    But – after his earthbound beginning, where I established him as an unpleasant, introverted jerk, I left Marvel, so no one ever saw what he was to become.

    Star-Lord continued to appear in Marvel Preview, with writer Chris Claremont revamping the character and using science fiction adventure stories like the Heinlein juveniles for inspiration. Heinlein's lawyers threatened legal action over the cover to Marvel Preview #11, which featured a blurb that described the content as "a novel-length science fiction spectacular in the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein", leading to the issue being pulled and reprinted. The story in #11 was the first teaming of the celebrated X-Men creative trio of writer Chris Claremont, penciller John Byrne, and inker Terry Austin. Star-Lord made sporadic appearances over the next few years in the titles Marvel Super Special, Marvel Spotlight, and Marvel Premiere. In February 1982, a color reprint of the black-and-white Starlord story from Marvel Preview #11 was published with a new framing sequence by Claremont and artist Michael Golden.

    The character returned in Thanos #8–12 (May–Sept. 2004) and Annihilation #1-6 (2006). The following year, he received a four issue eponymous title (Annihilation: Conquest – Star-Lord) leading into the "Annihilation: Conquest" crossover storyline, in which he played a central role. Spinning out of "Annihilation: Conquest", a second volume of Guardians of the Galaxy featured a team of characters from the crossover who were led by Star-Lord for the duration of the title's 25-issue run. Plot lines from that series were concluded in the The Thanos Imperative mini-series.

    After Star-Lord's introduction to Earth-616 in 2004, the appearances of "classic" Star-Lord have been officially designated as occurring in Earth-791 due to continuity issues.

    Star-Lord returned, along with other members of the Guardians, in Avengers Assemble #4-8 (June–Oct. 2012). He stars in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3, a part of the Marvel NOW! relaunch.

    In July 2014, Star-Lord received his own ongoing series, Legendary Star-Lord. The character was also given a new costume, matching that seen in the Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy

    His solo series and Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 ended as Marvel began its "Secret Wars" crossover event. Star-Lord appeared as a main character in the core series, and received a tie-in miniseries during the event, Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde.

    After the Secret Wars events (but two months before the event finished its publication), Star-Lord received a new ongoing series, simply titled Star-Lord as part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel initiative, focused on his new origins. He will also leave the Guardians of the Galaxy, being replaced by his fiancée Kitty Pryde who took over the identity of Star-Lord on the team's roster.

    Fictional Character Biography(2)

    Wrongly branded a traitor by his father Eson, Prince Jason of Spartoi fled the Empire, exploring deep space for many years. When war broke out between the Spartoi Empire and the Ariguan Confederacy, Eson summoned his wayward son home, but en route his ship's converter blew. To avoid a complete meltdown, and with his ship apparently slipping backwards through time, Jason crash landed in Earth's Colorado Mountains, his arrival witnessed by Meredith Quill, who dragged him from the burning vessel. As she nursed him back to health and helped him rebuild his ship, the pair fell in love. After a year, Jason was ready to depart; informed by his bio-comps that Meredith had just conceived their child and unwilling to endanger her, Jason reluctantly left Meredith behind, promising to return for her once the war ended, but mindlocking her memories, sparing her the heartbreak he felt. Less than a month later, Meredith married her childhood sweetheart, Jake.

    Suspecting Meredith's child was not his, when Peter Jason Quill was born, Jake angrily noted that the infant resembled neither of them. Intending to slay the child, Jake carried him outside, but suffered a fatal heart attack; Peter was left staring into the starlit sky for an hour before Meredith found strength to crawl outside to him. Mentally and physically weakened, Meredith's world revolved around raising her son. Peter grew up a loner, fascinated by science fiction shows and NASA's exploits.

    When the Spartoi / Ariguan conflict turned in Sparta's favor, Jason asked his uncle Gareth to bring his family to him. Having his own designs on the throne, Gareth instead hired Kyras Shakati, crimelord of Cinnibar, to eliminate the Quills; Shakati in turn sent the Ariguan Sith-Lord Rruothk'ar to carry out the murder. Peter, now 11, witnessed Rruothk'ar's ship land, and watched Rruothk'ar and his men slay his mother. The killers departed, unaware they had missed their main target; Peter swore to one day make them pay. Gareth informed Jason that his wife and son had died in childbirth, while Peter became increasingly insular, running away from the orphanage on his 13th birthday. Subsequently devoting himself to intense study, he graduated college and was accepted into NASA's space effort astronaut training program. Though one of their highest ever scoring trainees, he remained socially withdrawn, his sole friend his pet owl, Al. During training, Peter risked his life to save fellow student Greg Harrelson when a centrifuge malfunctioned, but afterwards castigated Harrelson for being too stupid to save himself, engendering a deep hatred. When Peter's lack of social skills saw him passed over for Mars Probe III in favor of Harrelson, Peter re-evaluated his life. He spent the next five months improving his deportment, eventually being assigned to Eve, NASA's first permanently manned space station; entering space for the first time was a rapturous experience for Quill.

    Though Peter loved being amongst the stars, he soon realized his childhood vow might never be fulfilled, as mankind's limited technology meant he was unlikely to venture further into space. A couple of months later, Eve's crew witnessed a celestial apparition which declared itself Star-Lord, a concept of what a Terran of their selection would become in a fortnight. Peter volunteered, but Houston High Command was skeptical of the vision's claims, and felt that any candidate required more space experience; Peter's violent reaction saw him discharged Earth-side. Refusing to miss his opportunity, Peter stole a scoutship from Cape Canaveral, returned to Eve, and shot his way to the appointed spot, where his old rival Harrelson, NASA's choice, was awaiting selection. Dislodging his rival at the critical moment, Peter was transported away in his stead. Finding himself before the enigmatic Master of the Sun, Peter admitted his transgressions, but was nonetheless transformed into Star-Lord; to free Peter of his need for vengeance, the Master seemingly allowed Peter to destroy an Ariguan ship, afterwards informing him he was free to begin a new life and giving him Ship, a sentient former star who would be his guide and companion.

    Perhaps knowing Peter needed closure, Ship seemingly took Star-Lord into his father's future time, where he learned of slavers destroying whole planets and kidnapping the surviving populace; catching up with them just after they had devastated Windhölme, his attack inspired a slave revolt. Accompanied by the revolt's leaders, Kip Hölm and Sandy, Peter used Kip's psychic powers to track the slavers back to their Cinnibar base and slavelord Kyras Shakati. Sandy slew him and the trio fled moments before a dead man's switch destroyed Shakati's palace, but not before Star-Lord scanned his computers, learning that the slaving financed a planned coup. Racing to Sparta to prevent this, they confronted Gareth and Rruothk'ar; Star-Lord recognized Rruothk'ar as his mother's killer and slew him, then crossed swords with Gareth. A superior duelist, Gareth disarmed and unmasked Star-Lord; startled by his resemblance to Jason, his shock allowed Star-Lord to turn the tables, and he slew Gareth moments before the Emperor arrived. Recognizing his son, Jason informed Peter of his origins, overjoyed to have found him again, but Peter rejected the notion of becoming the Empire's heir, suggesting Jason adopt Kip instead. Years later, Jason tried again to convince his son to return to Sparta, but was again rebuffed.

    Ambushed above the planet Ferrol by a Lorq starfighter squadron, Ship was shot down. To operate on the badly injured Star-Lord, Ship generated a human form; amused that Peter didn't recognize her when he revived, Ship pretended to be explorer Caryth Halyan. Witnessing Lorq ships searching overhead, the pair located a crystal cavern housing the Lorq's prey: the gestating Trinity-Which-Is-One, a telepathic entity linked in a symbiotic lifecycle with the indigenous Dune Devils. Caryth and Ship died defending Peter and the Trinity when the Lorq attacked them, with Caryth dying in Star-Lord's arms after he downed the Lorq vessels; however, Ship's energy state was indestructible, and the maturing Trinity healed Ship's disrupted consciousness, allowing her to resume spaceship form.

    When Ship sensed the destruction of the planet Carillon by the Haalmhad homeship, the same people who had destroyed Ship's planets back when she was a star, Star-Lord rushed to the K'yndar system to save its other inhabited world, Cymoril; while Ship distracted the Haalmhad, Star-Lord disabled their homeship, then stranded the inhabitants on a primitive world 20 parsecs away. Investigating an unidentified massive power source on planet Redstone, Star-Lord learned the world's "founder" Quan-Zarr had slaughtered the previous inhabitants, experimenting on the survivors to turn their children into leonine Beastmen, who now sought revenge. Star-Lord allowed the Beastmen to attack Quan-Zarr's tower and slay the scientist, but was forced to kill the last surviving Beastman before he used Quan-Zarr's Power-Rod to destroy the entire colony. Snatched from Ship by an artificial fusion vortex, Star-Lord was then taken onboard a space ark. Ark leader Noah claimed they were the time-lost last survivors of Earth, but another inhabitant, Aletha, revealed that they were aliens cloaked by illusions, whose militaristic rulers planned to conquer Earth using information extracted from him. With Star-Lord's aid, the ark's populace overthrew Noah, and, reunited with Ship, Star-Lord departed once more.

    When an Ariguan assault force attacked the Master of the Sun, Star-Lord came to his aid, only for the Master to claim he too was an Ariguan, the scientist Ragnar, who had defied his people by creating the Star-Lord and must now face their justice; reluctantly, Peter acquiesced. On the cloud-shrouded planet Heaven, a world ruled by a strict honor code, Star-Lord rescued Thorn from a fatal fall, then protected him from the huntress Shreen until Thorn's wings regrew, only to watch them both sacrifice themselves for honor's sake. Investigating ruins on the primordial planet Symbion, Star-Lord mistook the sentient planet's attempts to communicate as attacks and he fled, leaving the lonely worldmind to mourn his departure.

    Star-Lord returned to Sparta for his father's 100th coronation jubilee, regretting he had never taken the opportunity to know him. Jason intended to abdicate in favor of Kip, and willingly departed with his son to explore the universe; however, an unspecified period of time later, Star-Lord was separated from Ship when she was caught in a black hole's gravity; Jason's fate is unrecorded. Perhaps because of injuries sustained escaping the hole, Star-Lord received numerous cybernetic implants. Confronted with the threat of the Fallen One, Galactus' first herald, Star-Lord subdued his much stronger opponent but 350,000 lives were sacrificed to provide the energy needed. Guilt-stricken, he abandoned his Star-Lord identity and accepted imprisonment on the Kyln interstellar prison. There Peter allied with fellow inmates including Ch'ak, Gladiator, Moloka Dar and Thanos to oppose the cosmic-powered Maker. Afterwards, Gladiator remanded Peter into his custody, drafting him into the Shi'ar Imperial Guard. Quill recently left the Guard, signing up with Nova's (Richard Rider) anti-Annihilation Wave forces shortly after the Tartus Minor incident, and now serves as Rider's main aide and advisor.

    Powers and Abilities(3)

    Star-Lord is a master strategist and problem solver who is an expert in close-quarter combat, various human and alien firearms, and battle techniques. He has extensive knowledge of various alien customs, societies, and cultures, and considerable knowledge about cosmic abstracts, such as Oblivion.

    As Star-Lord, Peter Quill wears a suit that grants augmented strength and durability and the ability to travel through space. The character uses an "Element Gun", a special meta-pistol capable of projecting one of the four elements (air, earth, fire and water). Star-Lord shares a psychic link with his sentient space vessel, "Ship".

    "Ship" is actually a sentient energy form. She most often exists in the form of a starship, but can alter her structure at will. She can travel through air, space and water. She possesses many of the conventional starship accessories, including shields, energy blasters, advanced sensors, replicators (able to form any kind of food, drink, etc.), and hologram projectors. She has proven capable of creating a human form, which she can then animate and use as a host. Even if completely destroyed, she is capable of restoring herself, since her true form is her consciousness. In addition, she takes on a number of feminine characteristics, such as a mothering instinct for those she is partnered with. She has felt deeper attachments, including love for her partners.

    "Ship" can create Widgets—small, mobile droids able to scout out situations, gather information, and then return to her. The full extent of "Ship's" abilities are unknown.

    During Star-Lord's battle with The Fallen One, his Element Gun, suit and "Ship" were destroyed. Due to severe injury he was grafted with cybernetic implants by doctors on the Kyln, where he was sentenced. The eye implant allows him to see all energy spectra and the memory chip in his brain gives him 100% total recall.

    On the Kree world of Aladon Prime, Star-Lord's cybernetic implants were removed. Star-Lord was outfitted with a Kree-issued heat-dampening espionage battle-suit, which became the hallmark look for the Guardians of the Galaxy, a battle helmet, and a universal translator, all of which he still uses. His battle helmet can analyze strategy data, improve vision, and regulate oxygen in space.

    Star-Lord's chosen weapons are two Kree sub-machine guns with various types of ammunition, including explosives.

    Supporting Characters


    Peter Quill has a number of allies including Drax The Destroyer, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Mantis, The Avengers, Adam Warlock and many more.


    Over the years Peter Quill has made a number of enemies including Thanos, Annhilus, Vulcan, Kosmos and many more.






    Guardians Of The Galaxy(2014)

    The movie was directed by James Gunn. The movie featured Chris Pratt as Peter Quill(Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper, Groot voiced by Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Micheal Rooker as Yondu and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The movie performed very well both critically and financially and was the summer blockbuster of 2014.

    You can check out the trailer below

    Notable Comics(4)

    Comics Writer(s) Artist(s)
    Marvel Preview #4 and #11 Steve Englehart Steve Gan, Bob McLeod
    Star-Lord #1-3(1996) Timothy Zahn Dan Lawlis
    Thanos #1-12(2003-2004) Jim Starlin Jim STarlin, Al Milgrom
    Guardians Of The Galaxy(2008-2010) Andy Lanning, Dan Abnett Paul Pelletier, Rick Maygar
    The Legendary Star-Lord(2014) Sam Humphries Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco, David Curiel


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