Designed by Christian Cordella (a regular over at Marvel Studios whose resume includes work on both Captain America sequels as well as the upcoming third Avengers film), the alternate look features a slew of variances, including more prominent antennae, brighter pupils and yellow-green attire that is overall reminiscent of a leafy, elvish nature. The background also serves as concept art for what would end up being the network of underground tunnels within Ego’s planet:
The final product (seen below) shows the design team’s decision to skew away from the elegant intricacies of Cordella’s work in favor of less severe facial features and leather attire. Actress Pom Klementieff’s final look allowed the character to visually blend in more smoothly alongside the previously established Guardians.
In theaters now, director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 also 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, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Glenn Close as Irani Rael and Kurt Russell as Ego.