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Why MCU’s Star-Lord Deserves a Television Show

The legendary Star-Lord has been through dozens of space adventures with his crew, ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy,’ but he deserves his own adventure.

From Space Traveler to one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes?

The guardians of the galaxy certainly have had their fair share of adventures through time and space. From blasting through lines of alien Chitari soldiers, blowing up planet-sized enemies, kidnapping Kevin Bacon, to facing off against the High Evolutionary, the gang has been through an awful lot together. But after eight years of fighting one supervillain after the next, the third film ends in an epic conclusion of their camaraderie and time together as a group. With each guardian going their separate ways, and with James Gunn’s departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it seems like each guardian will have their own story to tell in the future. 

But one member that particularly comes to mind is none other than the original leader himself, Star-Lord (Peter Quill). Of all the members of the team, Peter is the one who has gone through the most development as a character, and it’s surprising to see that there is still more of his story left to uncover. After all, he is the first and last face viewers see in The Guardians of the Galaxy movies, so it’s only natural that the next project featuring a guardian should start with him. Here is why Star-Lord deserves his own television show. Warning: Major spoilers are ahead. 

Star-Lord’s Story is Unfinished 

By the end of the third film, Peter has been through a rough patch, to say the least. During his time in space, he learns that his mother was killed by a cancerous disease by his father, Ego. Ego later uses Peter as a battery to boost his power as a celestial, and his true father-like figure, Yondu, sacrifices himself. After that, Thanos kidnaps and murders Gamora, who later comes back as the 2014 version of herself who acts cold and aggressive towards Quill. And if that wasn’t enough, he nearly loses his best friend, Rocket, at the hands of Adam Warlock. 

After all this trauma, Peter finally gets to catch a break at the end of The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, where he returns back to Earth to live a peaceful life with his grandfather. But that does not mean it is the end of his story, as the credits reveal that “The Legendary Star-Lord Will Return.” But what else is in store for the rock music gunslinger? Will the guardians ever see him again? Could he and Gamora ever get back together? Are his fighting days truly over? There are so many questions that have been left unanswered that would probably be best settled in a television story. 

Peter’s Return to Earth 

Now that the guardians have all split up and Peter has returned to Earth to wind down, this only gives further reason why there should be a show starring the space scavenger. After all the intense battles that the guardians and the other superheroes have endured, it would be amusing to see one of them trying to live a mundane life. And who better than Peter Quill himself to do this with after all his time away in space?

During his conversation with Iron Man and Spider-Man in Avengers: Infinity War, Quill comically demonstrated just how out of date he is with today’s modern pop culture. Not only that, but The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is the first movie that shows Peter trying to operate a car. Compared to his expert skill in piloting a spaceship, his apparent lack of skill in driving a vastly smaller and simpler vehicle is hilarious. Based on this information, seeing him performing similar mundane tasks and adjusting to life on Earth would be equally entertaining.

The legendary Star-Lord has been through dozens of space adventures with his crew, ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy,’ but he deserves his own adventure.
Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill, and Zoe Saldana as Gamora. Image courtesy of Disney and Marvel Studios.

What about a scene where he learns to use a lawn mower? Or perhaps learning what it’s like to get on dating apps? Or what about going to places like Disneyland for the first time? The possibilities are endless, and it would be a rather nice break from all the action from the other heroes. 

Of course, it wouldn’t be too far of a stretch to say that it’s a possibility some of the guardians would make a quick stop by Earth to check up on Peter. Imagine a scene where Mantis crash lands and finds Quill, only for more alien ships to follow after Mantis. Also, now that he’s on Earth, it would be cool to see him interact with the other superheroes. Peter’s grandfather lives in Missouri, so he would unlikely see any there. But that probably wouldn’t stop him from traveling to places like New York, China, or Wakanda. Imagine Star-Lord wanting to vacation in New York with his grandfather, only to cross paths with none other than Doctor Strange. Soon enough, giant alien creatures sense their presence, and the two must work together to stop yet another alien invasion from happening on Earth. 

Phase Four was a Hot Mess  

Let’s be honest. The recent projects coming out from the MCU haven’t been the greatest. Phase four started with solid movies like Spider-Man: No Way Home and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. But soon after that, any movies or shows following suit were either a hit or miss. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was mediocre at best, but it was nowhere near the snooze fest of Eternals and Ms. Marvel. She-Hulk, Ant-Man, and the Wasp: Quantamania are some of the worst CGI-based Marvel projects ever. But all of these are not as underwhelming as Secret Invasion and Thor: Love and Thunder, which have the most ambiguous storylines, lackluster endings, and confusing plot holes. 

Arguably, the only good content that has been released from Marvel lately is Spider-Man: No Way Home, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Moon Knight, Hawkeye, The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Loki Season 2. Considering how this phase was meant to change the conventions and tone established from the prior films, it is not very much at all. What happened to the realistic suits from the Iron Man, Ant-Man, Captain America, Black Panther, and Avengers era? How did it devolve into the half-baked, reused CGI suits found in pretty much every single new film? The fans are tired of it, and in a world where The Marvels has received the poorest Marvel movie attendance reception to date, it’s high time some good content is made. 

The Eye-Opening MCU at Its Best 

Overall, with the relatively recent success of The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and the underwhelming content from Marvel’s phase four, this gives all the more reason to push for a new television series starring the legendary outlaw himself. At this point, fans have become skeptical over whether or not a Marvel movie would even be worth one’s time. With Gunn’s transition from the MCU to the DC Extended Universe, it could be difficult to believe that any project relating to The Guardians would be as good as his movies. But perhaps the best thing to do is to hold out hope for a reboot as the MCU begins phase five. A new television series with a strong character like Star-Lord could be just what it needs. And what would be the name of the series? Here’s one idea: The Legendary Star-Lord

The legendary Star-Lord has been through dozens of space adventures with his crew, ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy,’ but he deserves his own adventure. Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill in "Guardians of the Galaxy."
Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill in “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014). Image courtesy of Disney and Marvel Studios.

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Marc Agbayani's favorite genres to write are fantasy, science fiction, horror, action,n and mystery. His inspiration for writing stems from his love of various forms of pop culture, such as the film series Star Wars by George Lucas and the video game series The Legend of Zelda by Shigeru Miyamoto. In his free time, he enjoys writing, reading, listening to music, going to the gym, and hosting game nights with friends

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