Costume illustrator Christian Cordella (Captain America: Civil War, Logan) has released (via SR) alternate Ego and Mantis costume designs he created -- based on Costume Designer Judianna Makovsky's vision -- for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
First off: When you look at the Ego concept art, you'll notice that it's labelled 'J'Son' -- which is the name of the Emperor of the Spartoi Empire and father of Peter Quill in the comics. However, it was merely used as an on-set codename, put on all Ego material to throw people off the scent.
"I call him J’Son all the time," director James Gunn explained to us and other members of the press during a set visit. "That's what we do. But I also want to make clear he isn't J’Son. He isn't named J’Son in the movie. That's just flat out the case."
Even so, the royal attire that J'Son has worn in the comics, video games, and Guardians of the Galaxy animated series (example directly below) seemed to influence Ego's costume design seen in our slideshow.
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s 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 mysteries 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 (Slither). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (Spectre) as Drax; Vin Diesel (Furious 7) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (Jumper) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (The Big Short) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (The Knick, The Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, The Thing).
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Ego The Living Planet Concept Art
At the end of the day, the costume designer looked to the frontier to find the celestial being's look. "We wanted something where he was kind of a space frontiersmen mixed with a little bit of western because that’s Kurt Russell’s style,” Makovsky shared in the production notes. "I didn’ t want to do a typical, superhero where it’s molded and hard. So it’s actually all leather, like a frontiersman would be, and we laced it all together. It’s layers and layers of different leathers on op of each other that are laser-etched and dyed to make an almost medieval/renaissance detail all over it."
"When we first talked about it with Kurt, he looked at some of the sketches and really got it," Makovsky added. "It’s kind of like a space conquistador like Don Quixote. We looked at actually how conquistador clothes were made and we went in that direction, but made his pants and boots very modern."prevnext
Mantis Concept Art
Makovsky told Fashionista, for the Mantis costume, she took inspiration from the comics. "It was just a matter of finding a technique with the leather to make it more interesting than just a flat leather panel of skirt," she explained. "Woven leather in there was fun to do. There's an open-work, woven, double face leather; it's black and green and twists and petals up the arm."prevnext
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