The release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 offered a resolution to a mystery surrounding Star-Lord’s missing helmet, which had sparked debate after Avengers: Infinity War. Despite destroying his helmet in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Star-Lord was seen wearing a new one in the Avengers movies without any explanation. This created confusion among fans. However, James Gunn, the director of the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy, responded on social media, confirming that Star-Lord had a new helmet in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which resolved the confusion surrounding its absence.
Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 Reveals Star-Lord Retcon
The mystery surrounding Star-Lord’s helmet began in Avengers: Infinity War when Star-Lord was in a life-threatening situation and did not activate his helmet to breathe in space. This led to speculation about whether he even had a helmet at that time. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Star-Lord made the dangerous jump between spaceships without using his helmet. This raised questions about the continuity of the helmet’s presence.
The confusion arose because, in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Star-Lord destroyed his helmet during a battle with Ego. However, in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, he was seen wearing a new, identical helmet. This retcon led to debates among fans as there was no explanation given for the new helmet in any of the subsequent movies or specials featuring the character. Furthermore, Star-Lord did not deploy his helmet in those appearances, even though it would have been logical to do so.
The retcon of Star-Lord’s helmet usage was only present in the Avengers movies directed by the Russo brothers, where James Gunn had no creative input. Gunn had previously expressed that there were decisions in those films that he would have done differently. The issue of the helmet seems to fall into that category. However, there was no definitive resolution to the issue until Gunn decided to respond to the debate directly.
After the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, fans took to social media to discuss the lack of Star-Lord’s helmet and how it could have saved his life. One fan directly asked James Gunn about the reason for Quill not having his helmet in Guardians 3, to which Gunn responded, confirming that Star-Lord did acquire a new helmet at some point. Gunn stated that the first helmet was broken in Vol. 2, but Star-Lord somehow had a new one in Avengers: Infinity War. This suggests that Gunn, in his last directorial effort for Guardians of the Galaxy, chose to go along with the retcon introduced by the Russo brothers. However, his response left room for interpretation.
In conclusion, James Gunn’s response on social media confirms that Star-Lord did have a new helmet in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, resolving the confusion surrounding its absence in Avengers: Infinity War and subsequent appearances. The retcon of the helmet’s presence was a decision made by the Russo brothers, where Gunn had no creative input. Gunn’s response gives closure to the helmet mystery but leaves room for interpretation regarding how Star-Lord acquired the new helmet.