Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's Ego the Living Planet almost looked a little different. On his Twitter and Instagram accounts, artist Andy Park released some new pieces of concept art that show the early stages of Ego's development.
— Andy Park (@andyparkart) June 4, 2017
A closeup of my previous concept painting. I get asked a lot about reference from young artists. To use it or not. YES, definitely use it. But it's a fine line between letting it control you vs. you controlling it. In this case I did take a photo of myself like this. No I will not post it :) #gotgvol2 #ego #starlord #father #conceptart #costume #design #characterdesign #digitalart #painting #digitalpainting #크림 #painting #instaart #instaartist #marvel #marvelstudios
Park's early version of Ego appears to be a little less regal than the one that ended up in the film. Kurt Russell's Ego wore an intricately patterned tunic and cape. Park's version seems a bit more laid back, with loosely-fit clothing and no shoes. Further, Park's Ego doesn't look much like Russell, which is likely due to the fact that The Dark Tower star Matthew McConaughey was eyed for the role. However, McConaughey ultimately turned down the role, making way for Russell to step into Ego's shoes.
In his Instagram post, Park -- who has worked on such projects as Doctor Strange, Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War, among others -- also provided some tips for burgeoning artists, writing, "I get asked a lot about reference from young artists. To use it or not. YES, definitely use it. But it's a fine line between letting it control you vs. you controlling it. In this case I did take a photo of myself like this." But don't expect him to share his reference photo anytime soon: "No I will not post it :)"
Now in theaters, 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 and Kurt Russell as Ego.