The new issue of the Guardians of the Galaxy comic has confirmed Star-Lord is bisexual. The internet has jumped up, ready to thoroughly mock the allegedly homophobic Chris Pratt, who plays Star-Lord (Peter Quill) in the movies.
Twitter jumped on this around the same time that Chris Pratt posted about his wife’s birthday. His social media accounts haven’t addressed the information released in Guardians of the Galaxy #9. It seems unlikely he’ll comment. The internet has taken up that job for him.
What We Know About Chris Pratt’s Alleged Homophobia
Why are people so sure Chris Pratt is homophobic?
This issue came to the forefront after a tweet from Elliot Page in 2019. Pratt had been on Stephen Colbert, where he mentioned his church. Elliot Page tweeted, “Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?”
Chris Pratt attends Hillsong church. His church allows LGTBQ people to come in their doors, but will not allow any known LGBTQ person to rise in the ranks. They have also made it clear that marriage is “between a man and a woman”. The church pastor, Zoe Church, was an executive producer for a movie that said homosexuality was “sexual brokenness”. The church supports causes that try to end the legality of gay marriage.
The actor has responded by saying, in various ways, that he loves everyone. He tends to attempt to stick to safer topics, even when he messes that up. He has never said that he supports LGBTQ people in any capacity, however. This was brought up again in October 2020 when a tweet was going around asking which famous Chris is the worst Chris. The Twitter responses brought up Chris Pratt’s homophobia. Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo came to his defense, saying he’s a nice guy, but no one ever says he isn’t anti-LGBTQ. The Observer broke this down.
What Happened In the Guardians of the Galaxy Comic
This single-issue comic covered a lot of ground! Writer Al Ewing has been slowly working to change Peter Quill in the comics. His character doesn’t currently resemble the guy we see in the movies. Comic book Quill is a lot more responsible than Chris Pratt’s take. In the comics, the writer is transitioning Quill’s character. This has him going through a lot of events to make these changes.
In Guardians of the Galaxy #9, Peter Quill is trapped on a planet for 100 years. At the start, Quill wants to believe he will get back to his love, Gamora. Years into his time on this planet, he bonds and falls in love with a woman and a man on this planet, confirming Peter Quill is bisexual and polyamorous. Some sites are just showing the page of the comic and announcing his sexuality. The page out of context may be a bit abrupt without the full context of understanding how long he had been with this pair and the changes his character is going through.
What Does This Mean for the MCU Movies?
Probably nothing? Chris Pratt likely doesn’t need to address his character’s bisexuality in the comics because it’s not going to be addressed in the films, at least not anytime soon. Those who work on Marvel movies have discussed their moves toward more diversity, but they have a long way to go. Valkyrie, in Thor: Ragnarok, is a bisexual character in the comics, which has yet to be addressed in the movies. Avengers: Endgame was the first Marvel movie to have an openly gay character, but they weren’t a superhero and if you blinked you might have missed that moment. And, you know, we won’t get started on Loki in the comics or in mythology versus Loki in the Marvel movies.
For now, the movies aren’t touching it. The comics are diving in. And Chris Pratt isn’t likely to mention it, even if Twitter has a lot to say.