Concept artist Kevin Chen has uploaded a few pieces of concept art he designed for Elizabeth Debicki’s Ayesha, providing fans a look at the early stages of the character’s design that would inevitably be transformed for the final cut of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
In one of the pieces, Chen explained how he sought to make Ayesha’s headdress “one architectural element” with her throne. While this element did make it to the final film, the design did vary a bit from Chen’s concept art shown below.
The other two pieces of concept art shared by Chen focus on the High Priestess’ gown. In the concept art pieces below, Ayesha’s gown seems to sport more of a battle armor presence than the final design seen in the film; the edges are sharp and the designs much more elaborate. The final design ultimately came down to the costume department, who clearly took some inspiration from Chen’s excellent concept work, implementing much of the line work throughout the gown.
While Ayesha was originally thought to be the main villain in the film, that clearly wasn’t the case. Eager to take down the Guardians after failing twice, the High Priestess of the Sovereign is set to play a much larger part in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 following her creation of fan-favorite, Adam Warlock.
The latest Guardians film managed to retain its top spot at the box office this weekend, increasing its worldwide total to well over $600 million.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Glenn Close as Irani Rael and Kurt Russell as Ego. The film is currently playing in theaters.