q: how does being in space for most of his life affect how he experiences his heritage ?
Peter’s unfortunately very disconnected from it , his heritage and the cultural upbringing he had for a very small portion of his childhood . like … it’s one thing to say he’s been taken from it , as a young kid , by the Ravagers ————— because that’s true . but Peter , older and having his free will to explore the universe , STILL chooses not to return to earth and seek out everything that he left behind . and that includes learning about what became of his family , his hometown , his childhood friends . which , he confesses is too painful a feat , but by surrendering all of that he’s also giving up the option of reconnecting with his heritage .
it’s by no means that he doesn’t care – he holds what little knowledge he has , close to his heart , and anything he may learn along the way , somehow , is never forgotten . but the task itself of returning and reconnecting feels immensely daunting to him , as if he hasn’t earned his rights to do so after abandoning it for so long .
I feel like he would , someday , muster the courage to do so ————— maybe something out there in the universe hits harder than he expects it to , and it gets him thinking back to how his family moved over to the States , survived and struggled and demanded an equality so he could be the person he is . or maybe he just overhears a simple conversation about heritage and backgrounds and realises that his knowledge on it is a chasm , by now .