Star-Lord's Mysterious Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Shirt Design Explained
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Director James Gunn revealed the meaning of the bizarre logo on Peter Quill's shirt in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Gunn responded to a fan asking if the prominent design on Peter's torso was associated with a restaurant or hospitality chain comparable to a galaxy-spanning Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. In response, the director claimed it was actually a logo for "space candies," though he did not specify if it was intended to be a generic term used for sweets from space or an in-universe brand of space treats. Peter's fondness for snacks has been one of his characteristic quirks since he was introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the premiere of 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy, which included several scenes that depicted candy wrappers and other assorted treats scattered around his ship.
Fans were similarly interested in the logo on Peter's shirt in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which some users translated to "Gears Shift." Actor Chris Pratt, who portrayed Star-Lord throughout the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy, later claimed it was the name of one of Peter's favorite snacks. Peter's love for the treats would even go on to influence Baby Groot, who could be seen eating an entire pot filled with Gears Shift candies in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Peter Quill's Updated Design
"From my understanding, it's a logo from a piece of candy or candy bar, some sort of snack, from the first movie; this space candy, maybe like these little gummy drops or something," Pratt explained. "James really loved the font, this made-up alien font, and they ended up using that image on the shirt. I pictured it as a guy who would wear a Reese's Pieces shirt ironically. He's like wearing space candy on his shirt. He knows that other people know what it is and thinks it's funny."
Peter's shirt wasn't the only design changed for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. His iconic helmet and rocket boots from previous films notably did not make an appearance in the threequel, with Gunn specifically claiming the boots were obsolete to Star-Lord's new gear. "They have jet packs," the director said. "The rocket boots comparatively suck. That's like cheap s--- you get in the intergalactic version of Radio Shack. And Chris could never have done those amazing hallway moves with a helmet on."
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is in theaters now.