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According to director James Gunn, the identity of Star-Lord’s dad in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 is not a spoiler. In fact, there’s a reason he made the reveal at San Diego Comic-Con last week.

In a Facebook post responding to some of the more disgruntled Marvel fans, he wrote in part, “There have been a minority of folks who have questioned, and even been angry, that I and Marvel would reveal something so major months before the film comes out.”

He added, “If we lived in a perfect world, I wouldn’t tell you ANYTHING before you walked in to see Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. I wouldn’t tell you Groot was now Baby Groot, I wouldn’t tell you Mantis was in the movie, I wouldn’t say that Ayesha and Taserface are our antagonists, that Yondu and Nebula have incredibly important roles in the film, nor would I tell you that Quill’s father is Ego the Living Planet.”

Kurt Russell was revealed as the character during the Marvel Studios presentations at Comic-Con, and Gunn wrote the main reason for the announcement is because of advertising. “We have to advertise our film,” he wrote. “And it will be impossible to show you very much of Vol. 2 since Ego is very much a part of all of it. We just don’t have a way around it.”

“Secondly,” he continued, “there are journalists online who love giving you scoops about characters and plot twists in upcoming films. Ego is such a big part of the movie, this was going to come out soon, as much as we’ve tried to hide it (when our online press day happened on set, Kurt Russell sat in a chair that read ‘J’son,’ and all of our script pages and artwork featuring him used the same name). Frankly, I would rather be in control of the announcement myself than have it come out on in a few weeks.”

Gunn concluded his message by stating, “Knowing who Quill’s father is will not diminish your enjoyment of the film in any way.” See his full message below.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 also features Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Debicki, Pom Klementieff, and Sylvester Stallone. The film will hit theaters on May 5, 2017.

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