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Kurt Russell is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The awesomeness of that thought never fades. As happy as MCU filmmakers and fans are to have the legendary actor, Russell seems to be enjoying the experience just as much. He plays Ego the Living Planet in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and in an interview with Fandango, Russell had nothing but praise for director James Gunn and star Chris Pratt.

“We had a great time on that film — it was a lot of fun. Great experience. That guy James Gunn really knows what he’s doing; he’s real sharp. And all the cast is great — I had a great time working with Chris [Pratt].”

Russell’s character, Ego, is the father of Pratt’s Peter Quill/Star-Lord. We heard a wide range of opinions on Ego, though we did not know his name at the time, in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Quill will have to figure out if his dad is an angel, a jackass, or something in between, as Russell explains.

“Kids always put their parents on a pedestal. Well, what happens when they don’t turn out to be the people you want them to be?”

Russell shared even more about what fans can expect from GotG Vol. 2 in another interview with Collider. Everything Russell says about the movie makes it sound like James Gunn will once again surprise audiences with the amount of heart and tears he can squeeze into a fun space romp about intergalactic misfits.

“I was impressed with the stuff that I saw at Comic-Con, but they didn’t show you everything [laughs]. It’s a very complex story, and they really get into it. This is going to be one of the more—probably for Marvel, it’s more connected to human issues, family issues, parental issues, and issues that sons and daughters have with their moms and dads and their family tree, where they come from. I just think it’s going to be an interesting— Peter’s character in this one, he’s got dilemmas and he’s got decisions to make that are not just about whether to save that thing or that person. This is about finding out who you are, where you come from, and where you’re going.”

Of course, whenever an actor is part of the MCU, there is plenty of curiosity as to whether or not the actor will appear in more films. Russell is not at all exempt from that reality, but wisely, he’s taking things one movie at a time, as he told Fandango.

“What you’d have to do is put your mind to it. You have to sit down and say, these are my issues — these are my questions. I’m an audience too. We all run into our own integrity no matter what, as much as I hate to admit it. I need to find a way that this is going to grow and be fun and most of all for me it needs to be fun to find as we go along. Right now I got part of it — we have to see. I don’t know. I don’t know if I fit into that mold.”

Obviously, fans are going to want as much Kurt Russell as they can get in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s a given. Still, before wondering too much about the future of Ego, it’s best to focus on his present. We do not know what Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 holds for Ego and how it does (or doesn’t) set him up for future installments.

We’ll find out when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters May 5, 2017.