“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasts into theaters this week, which means fans new and old will get to meet the latest addition to the galaxy’s defenders: Mantis. Played by Pom Klementieff, Mantis sports a unique and almost comical look in trailers. A glimpse at early concept art for the film reveals the character could have turned out much differently.
According to CosmicBookNews, there were several versions of Mantis that could have been, and each one maintains a distinguishing feature that isn’t seen in the finished product: Mantis is green.
In the comic books, Mantis’ skin is green. Her film counterpart, however, has a decidedly Caucasian skin tone with a tinge of yellow. Perhaps an emerald-colored Mantis wouldn’t have looked quite right on the big screen alongside the already green Gamora.
Additionally, according to the early concept art, it appears as though Mantis was going to have an array of tattoos on her face and along her body, offering an alien and less relatable look to the character.
Created by Steve Englehart and Don Heck, Mantis first debuted in 1973’s “The Avengers” issue #112.
Written and directed by James Gunn, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is in theaters now and 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.