Before he was Star-Lord, before he battled genetically enhanced dinosaurs, and before he plays (maybe) Indiana Jones, Chris Pratt was best known for his portrayal of schlubby, loveable goof Andy Dwyer on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. That seven-year journey came to an end last night on the series finale, which was funny, touching, and almost everything you could ask for. But it also brought two of Pratt’s worlds together as eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed an awesome Guardians of the Galaxy Easter Egg.
The general idea of last night’s episode was that protagonist Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) went around for one last hangout with all of the other central characters and we got a glimpse into their respective futures. All of season seven has already taken place a few years in the future, which the show has had a lot of fun playing with (for example, Elton John now owns Chick fil A), and when it’s Andy’s turn, we jump into the year 2022. It’s Halloween, and he and his wife, April (Aubrey Plaza), hand out candy to children. It’s a quick moment, but if you look closely at the child on the left, Uproxx pointed out that you may notice something cool:
Yep, that’s a little Star-Lord begging for candy. It appears that Guardians of the Galaxy exists in the Parks and Recreation world and you have to imagine that at some point Andy has sat down and watched Marvel’s epic space adventure.
This is a fun little in-joke and a nice homage. Even though his career is blowing up, it was good to see Pratt back on the show that gave him his first big break—he was originally supposed to be a one-off character but wound up sticking around the whole time. And not that many people seemed to think he was going to become a big time movie star, but here we are.
Last night may have marked the end of Parks and Recreations, but you can rest assured that we’ll be seeing plenty of Star-Lord and company in the future. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is already scheduled to open May 5, 2017, and you most of us will be surprised if the team, or at least members, don’t show up elsewhere in Marvel’s ever-expanding slate of movies.