One of the most important characters featured in Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's revival and relaunch of Guardians of the Galaxy in Marvel Comics was Mantis. It was that depiction of the Mantis and modern Guardians team in DnA's incredible Marvel Cosmic run from 2006-2011 that offered the definitive take these characters so much so that they served as inspiration for James Gunn's live-action adaptation of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Gunn introduces Mantis in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and cast Pom Klementieff to play the unique, empathic alien, who joins the team roster. While her onscreen costume and look - down to the antennae - are very faithful to the Marvel Comics take on the character, other costume ideas were explored.
We have an exclusive concept piece with art by Christian Cordella featuring a costume design by Marvel Studios regular Judianna Makovsky (Captain America 2-3, Avengers 3-4, etc.). This one is quite a bit different than the movie costume and features a more yellow-green, elven, organic set of attire with some alternate skin features, lighter, colorful eyes, and more bug-like antennae:
Note the background which depicts Mantis on Ego's planet. When Mantis is introduced in the film, she has met no one outside of Ego whom she serves. Her introduction and fascination with the other Guardians offer some of the most entertainment moments of the sequel.
Compare to the cleaner look and more leather-esque costume used in the actual film:
Mantis returns alongside fellow Guardians in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War and is expected to be be back for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (likely in 2020) as well. Read our Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 review and join in on the spoilers discussion.
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers.
Art by Christian Cordella.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019