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I call it the "Expansion". It is my purpose, and now it is yours as well. Over thousands of years, I implanted thousands of extensions of myself on thousands of worlds. I need to fulfill life's one true purpose: to grow and spread, covering all that exists until everything is... me!
~ Ego revealing his true plans.
I told you...I don't want to do this alone. You cannot deny the purpose the universe had bestowed upon YOU. It doesn't need to be like this, Peter. WHY are you destroying OUR CHANCE?! Stop pretending you aren't what you are! One in billions, trillions, even more! WHAT GREATER MEANING CAN LIFE POSSIBLY HAVE TO OFFER?!
~ Ego to Peter.

Ego, also known as Ego the Living Planet, is a major antagonist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, serving as the unseen overarching antagonist of Guardians of the Galaxy, the main antagonist of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and a posthumous antagonist in Avengers: Infinity War.

He is a Celestial and the biological father of Star-Lord. He is also an egotistical and omnicidal mastermind who desires to expand himself over the entire universe, which would mean the destruction of all life in it. Like Ronan from the first film, this film version of Ego is far more cruel, malevolent and an infinitely bigger threat here than his mainstream comic counterpart ever was. He is the second arch-nemesis of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Peter Quill/Star Lord's most hated foe, alongside Thanos.

He was portrayed by Kurt Russell, who also played Stuntman Mike in Death Proof.

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • Planned to assimilate the entire universe into an expansion of himself, killing everyone there is.
  • Sired many children through thousands of women and had Yondu traffic many of them to see if they have the Celestial Gene. None of the children trafficked had the celestial gene and thus, he killed them. He killed so many children to the point where their skeletons filled up a cave. When Yondu knew of this, he was disgusted by this act, regretted his actions and betrayed Ego, adopting Ego's son through Meredith Quill, Peter, to protect him from Ego.
  • While he did grow to love his girlfriend Meredith Quill and gave her a statue in her honor, it was later revealed that he gave her a brain tumor that killed her so nothing can hold him back from his expansion plot, and eventually views it as not a big deal and blows it as any chance of redemption.
  • Is implied to have been mentally, if not physically, abusive towards Mantis, his adopted daughter. It has been said that he views her as "a flea with a purpose."
  • Manipulates Peter into abandoning any attachment for anyone to unlock his powers so he can have the power to start his omnicide.
    • While he does save Star-Lord and his friends from Ayesha's troops, it is because Peter is his son so he may have the Celestial Gene, and planned to dispose of his friends later.
  • Enslaving Star-Lord as a living battery the moment he turned on him after he reveals the truth of Meredith's death and planned to keep it that way for the next thousand years.
  • Smashing Star-Lord's Sony Walkman, the sole thing he had to remember his mother by, out of punishment.
  • When his plan for assimilation starts, he kills thousands of people (not even non-sapient animals and wild planets such as the Orloni were safe from his wrath). This makes his universal omnicide unique compared to Malekith and Dormammu's, as theirs didn't have any confirmed onscreen kill count of people.
  • Trying to murder the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy when Star-Lord attempts to stop him, including a young Baby Groot who was an infant.
  • Indirectly the reason for Yondu Udonta's death as he sacrificed himself to save Star-Lord from the exploding planet after Ego died.


  • Like Ronan the Accuser and Hela, he was considerably more evil and cruel and a greater threat in the movie version than in the comics.
  • Some believe Ego isn't Pure Evil as they view him as a somewhat tragic since he lived for many years in absolute loneliness, and when he met other life it was disappointing as he was saddened by the fact that he did not find another immortal and views himself as the only life worthy in the universe. But other than the fact that his tragedy became incredibly petty in the end, the 2021 movie Eternals reveals that there are other Celestials, so he wasn't alone at the end. Others believed that he also truly loved Meredith Quill, and while it is true, he knew if he visited her on Earth a fourth time, he'd never leave and so he killed her, thus dropping the ball to have a happy life not alone and putting his own goals to eliminate all life over her, and this is also the reason his life in loneliness can't count as an insecurity.
  • Due to his crime of murdering his own girlfriend as well as many of his own children, trying to destroy the universe, destroying Peter's memento of his mother and finally trying to kill his friends (including Baby Groot) in front of him, Ego (despite his comedic traits at first) became one of the most hated characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This, as well as attempting to destroy the universe and his being more successful than the attempted omnicides of Dormammu and Malekith considering that even if he failed, he still manages to kill thousands of people, many onscreen, cements him as the most evil despite other pure evils also appearing in the franchise itself, who also happen to be more sadistic, that too being one of the few villains to even be more dangerous than Thanos, presumably even the 2014 version.
  • His What If...? versions don't count as Pure Evil due to their minimal screentime and lack of heinousness:
    • His first version, who only appears meeting up with Peter Quill after T'Challa returns to Wakanda, isn't confirmed to have killed his other children and Meredith like his Sacred Timeline counterpart, though it's likely he did it, as this isn't contradicted anyway. He is seen trying to enslave Quill for a thousand years to be his battery to destroy the universe, but it still isn't sufficiently heinous enough as they aren't fleshed out enough to stand out, in addition that Ravager T'Challa stops him very quickly and rescues Quill in the first season finale.
    • His second version, who only appears as Infinity Ultron destroys him, doesn't do anything heinous at all. However, as this alternate universe's point of divergence happened by Ultron succeeding in his plans (though this doesn't explain why Ego isn't dead if he was killed before Ultron was created), it's possible that Ego still committed the same crimes his Sacred Timeline counterpart did, meaning he can be considered Pure Evil like that version, although his death is apparently played for sympathy.
  • Ego is the current icon of the Articles in Need of Expansion template in the Pure Evil Wiki.

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