We’ve know for a while that Kurt Russell will play Ego the Living Planet, aka Star-Lord’s father, in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy sequel. The one weird thing, though, is that for massive planet that can control it’s entire ecosystem, scan (or devour) other living beings, and travel at speeds faster than light, Ego looks an awful lot like a regular human being.

Director James Gunn recently explained to Complex that Ego can shapeshift, meaning that he’s both an actual planet and a Kurt Russell lookalike.

Ego is a living planet who is able to manifest himself in different ways he’s been alone for millions of years and he’s learned how to control the molecules around him in such a way as to create avatars of themselves, such as Kurt Russell. I think Ego was a very lonely character out there by himself and went off in search of love and perhaps found it in Quill’s mother.

Fans of Marvel comics will recognize those powers as pretty much the same as the comicbook version of Ego. Gunn also confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is still basically completely separate from the other Marvel Cinematic Universe films, even though they take place in the same fictional space.

It’s a very self-enclosed story, so I deal with the Marvel guys every day on where we’re going forward, but basically the story GOTG Vol. 2 is about the Guardians and it has no connection to the rest of the Marvel universe and none were ever mandated. So where it ends up is what anybody would have to deal with after that. I think people in general probably overestimate the amount of overall planning there is with the Marvel universe. At the end of the day, we’re telling a longform story that has many different moving parts and within those stories there’s a lot of freedom to do what you want. And I’ve been lucky in that the most creatively fulfilling freeing experience I’ve ever had making a film has been on Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Without a doubt.

He also confirmed that there would definitely be a third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy, although he wouldn’t commit to being the director for it.