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I almost made it work. The Guardians were more than I could ever have hoped for! But the universe is also more dangerous than I ever imagined! Look around! This is the kind of thing that can happen! The galaxy doesn't need guardians! It doesn't need brave souls! If it's going to survive another one of these, it's going to need absolute bad-asses! It's going to need the biggest guns of all! Cosmic heavy hitters as scary as the menaces they have to face! It's going to need flarking annihilators!
~ Star-Lord.
You can call the Guardians whatever you want to. But to the rest of the galaxy, all the people we've helped crawl out from under you and crap like you... the Guardians are the good guys. Not to brag, but we actually go out of our way to help people. We help people who can't help themselves.
~ Star-Lord about the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Star-Lord (real name Peter Jason Quill) is a fictional character, and superhero appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics.

The son of a human mother and alien father, Quill assumes the mantle of Star-Lord, an interplanetary policeman. The character played a role in the crossover comic book events 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.

Since his debut in the comics, he has appeared in numerous media, and has been featured in a variety of associated Marvel merchandise, including animated television series, toys, and trading cards. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Chris Pratt portrays Peter Quill as the lead character in the 2014 live-action film Guardians of the Galaxy, its sequels, and a major character in the Russo brothers' Avengers films.

He was created by Steve Englehart and Steve Gan, and first appeared in Marvel Preview #4 (Jan. 1976).


Early Life

Peter Quill is born during an unusual astronomical phenomenon when many of the planets align. Seeing no resemblance, the man who believed he was Quill's father accuses his wife Meredith of infidelity and attempts to kill the infant, but dies of a sudden heart attack. Quill is raised by his single mother until she is killed by an alien when he is eleven. Quill is placed in an orphanage but escapes and eventually becomes a trainee NASA astronaut. An alien entity called the Master of the Sun later visits the space station that Quill and other astronauts are inhabiting, and offers the mantle of Star-Lord (an interplanetary policeman) to a worthy candidate. Quill volunteers, but is rejected in favor of a colleague he once treated badly.

Quill is outraged, and NASA orders his return to Earth and discharge for his conduct. Instead, he steals a scout ship, returns to the space station, and takes his colleague's place. Quill becomes Star-Lord, with the Master of the Sun first creating an illusion in which the character is able to find and kill the aliens that murdered his mother to free him of his past. Equipped with a sentient vessel called "Ship", Quill commences his role as Star-Lord.

Becoming a Superhero

Years later, Star-Lord becomes involved in stopping a group of slavers who are destroying worlds. His efforts led him to discover a conspiracy to replace the emperor of the Spartoi Empire with his uncle, Prince Gareth. In order to thwart the takeover, Star-Lord travels to the imperial throneworld Sparta where he encounters and kills the alien who killed his mother. Star-Lord then meets Emperor Jason who reveals that he is Peter's father.

Jason explains that he had crashed on Earth decades earlier and been rescued by Meredith Quill. During the year that he had spent repairing his ship, Jason and Meredith fell in love. When it came time to leave, Jason, for Meredith's safety, had placed a mindlock on her memories of him, causing her to remember their year together as only a dream.

This origin was later retconned and the astronomical phenomena and murderous not-father were removed. Instead, J'son of Spartax - an alien with a human appearance - crashes on Earth and strikes up a relationship with Meredith. A short time later, he leaves Meredith pregnant with his child and with his gun for safekeeping. Ten years later, Meredith is killed by members of the alien race known as the Badoon. Peter kills both assassins with a single shotgun blast, then finds the alien gun in his mother's closet.

Realizing that the alien ship is about to attack, Peter gets out of the house just before it is destroyed. Believing that they have killed their target, the alien ship leaves. After being found by the authorities, who believe the Quill house was destroyed by a gas leak explosion, Peter is taken to a hospital where a nurse brings him the only thing that survived the explosion, his "space toy", which is J'son's gun.

The character encounters the former Herald of Galactus, the Fallen One, and he had to sacrifice 300,000 people in order to defeat the entity, and in addition Star-Lord's vessel "Ship" is destroyed in the conflict. Feeling guilty for the loss of so many lives, Star-Lord let himself be imprisoned in the intergalactic prison the Kyln. Star-Lord is freed by the hero Nova during the "Annihilation War" storyline and aids in the war against villain Annihilus. Quill later acts as military adviser to the Kree general and law enforcer Ronan the Accuser.

When the Kree homeworld of Hala is conquered by the Phalanx, Star-Lord leads a band of rebels against the invaders until the war is over. In an effort to prevent another interstellar war, Star-Lord forms a new version of the Guardians of the Galaxy. They are "proactive" and try to end emerging galactic threats early. During the war with the Cancerverse, Star-Lord sacrifices his life to stop Thanos.

"They Will Not Be Forgotten" Once again in Project PEGASUS, Nova was faced with a doppelganger Quasar from a twisted reality dubbed the Cancerverse within the Fault who attempted to assist his brethren in invading the "prime reality" through a gateway found in the institution. Nova shut down the gateway and pursued the fake Quasar into space where a massive war was already in progress between the forces of the "prime reality" and that of the Cancerverse. The mad titan Thanos had been previously resurrected and was thought to be the only hope to defeat the Cancerverse, so he and the Guardians of the Galaxy went into the Fault to find a way to defeat the invading reality.

Nova soon followed after rescuing a kidnapped Namorita from the Revengers – a distorted version of the Avengers. He assisted Star-Lord in detaining an enraged Thanos from escaping back into the "prime reality" with the intention of destroying everything after Mistress Death again rejected him, even after Thanos eradicated an entire reality for her. Nova remained with Star-Lord until the Cancerverse imploded and the Fault was sealed in the process, seemingly killing them all.

Despite this, he later reappears with a new Guardians line-up on Earth to aid the Avengers against the returned Thanos. After this, Star-Lord and his new team of Guardians engage in conflicts with the Badoon.

Powers and Abilities

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 wore 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) at a time. Star-Lord shared a psychic link with his sentient space vessel, "Ship".

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.




  • In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, he was voiced by Steve Downes, who voices John-117 in the Halo franchise.
  • In Ultimate Spider-Man, he was voiced by Chris Cox, who also voiced Captain Atom in the DC Animated Universe, Wedge Antilles in Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike, James Sullivan in Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault, Fred Jones in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Game, James Gordon in Batman: Assault on Arkham, Hawkeye in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and The Terminator in Mortal Kombat 11.
    • Cox reprised his voice for the character in Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and Marvel Powers United VR
  • In Avengers Assemble, Cox was later replaced by Will Friedle (who also voiced Ron Stoppable in Kim Impossible).
    • Friedle reprised his voice for the character in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Guardians of the Galaxy animated series, Lego Marvel Super Heroes - Guardians of the Galaxy: The Thanos Threat and 2017s Spider-Man animated series.
  • In What If...?, he was voiced by Brian T. Delaney, who also voiced Mantis in the Kung Fu Panda video games, Wreck-It Ralph in the titular video game, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Disney Infinity, Sole Survivor in Fallout 4, and Hal Jordan in the 2021 Injustice film.

Video Games

  • In Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, he was voiced by Scott Porter (who also voiced Luke in Telltale's The Walking Dead, Nightwing in Batman: Arkham Knight, and Lukas in Minecraft: Story Mode) and by Jeremy Shada (who also voiced Cody Maverick in Surf's Up 2: WaveMania, Finn Mertens in Adventure Time, and Lance in Voltron: Legendary Defender) young.
    • Porter reprised his voice for the character in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order.
  • In Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, he was voiced by Jon McLaren.


  • In Marvel's Wastelanders: Old Man Star-Lord, he was voiced by Timothy Busfield.


Hi. We're the Guardians of the Galaxy. I think we can help.
~ Star-Lord introducing himself and the Guardians.
Hey, Thanos! Hey, Thanos, baby! Over here, big fellah! Yoooohooo! Look what I got! Eh? Pretty, huh? Yeah, that's right. Come on. You know you want it. Cosmic Cube. Unbelievably powerful. Grants wishes. Twists realities. You had one yourself once, right? You may be feral, mindless -- but you can still feel the heat of it, can't you? Familiar. Kang gave me this. Kang the flarking conqueror. He handed it to me at the other end of time so I could beat Magus with it. It was broken, pretty much spent. It had just enough juice in it for one last zap. I zapped Adam with it. Though I'd used it up. I figured it was just a hunk of junk crystal. But it turns out Magus tricked me. Our whole fight with him was one big illusion. I only thought I used this thing. So it's still got power enough for that one last shot. Bang.
~ Star-Lord.
"Master". I heard you the first time. And I was wondering why I was sent to this place, to this time. But it's obvious now. This is the planet of my fathers, ruled by my sister. My friends are fighting to save it. This is where I need to be. You say you're a master of the dark? the void? I'm the Master of the Sun. And you know what they say. Sun's out...gun's out.
~ Star-Lord.


  • According to the Nova Corps, Star-Lord's threat level is "local", and it could be re-evaluated.
    • Also, the Nova Corps states he has amassed over 350,000 murders.

External links


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Guardians of the Galaxy: Guardians of the Galaxy (Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, Groot) | Yondu Udonta
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Guardians of the Galaxy (Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Mantis, Nebula, Yondu Udonta)

Video Games
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Star-Lord