Guardians of the Galaxy kicked tentpole "normalcy" in the pants when it released two years ago. With a cast that included a talking tree and a gun-toting raccoon, and only one (half) human hero, the film nonetheless charmed audiences and sold tickets like gangbusters. We now know that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be even weirder, featuring Kurt Russell in the role of Jack Kirby-era Marvel villain Ego: The Living Planet. Oh yeah... and he's Peter "Star-Lord" Quill's dad.
While Marvel is still remaining hush on the specifics, it was revealed that Kurt Russel will appear in humanoid form (likely as some kind of Christ-like avatar that Ego takes) during Marvel Studios' Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2016. This explains how he is able to interact with humans one on one - not to mention, impregnate Peter's mother, Meredith Quill.
Ryan Penagos, Marvel Digital Media's Vice President and Executive Editor, has now posted images on his Twitter account of Ego's costume from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which are currently on display on the SDCC show floor. Have a look, below:
— Ryan Penagos (@AgentM) July 24, 2016
For a character called Ego, these garbs are surprisingly humble, though they seem to match the robes that were described by people who saw the footage Marvel showed off in Hall H yesterday. Certainly not what one would imagine "an angel, made of light" wearing. Perhaps Ego's humanoid form can change appearance at will, depending on how ostentatious he's feeling at the moment? Of course, the more exciting reveal will likely be what he looks like in planet form. Like most comic heroes, Ego has been styled differently over the years. Odds are high that the movie will go for a look a bit different than the classic purple-orb-with-a-face.
Writer/director James Gunn has described Vol. 2 as a film about fathers, so it's unlikely that Kurt Russel will be playing a straightforward villain. Gunn, in reference to Ego, has also noted that "being a cosmic being, alone for eons, is perhaps even more lonely than being the universe’s sole talking raccoon." Gunn seems, more than anything to want to use Guardians to explore misfits and outsiders. Who's more likely to be weird and misunderstood than a living planet?
Doctor Strange opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
Source: Ryan Penagos