Earlier this month, the Marvel Cinematic Universe saw itself expand by one thanks to the Guardians of the Galaxy. The ragtag team of galactic heroes rushed back into theaters with a much-anticipated sequel. Star-Lord return to cinemas with comrades in tow, leading fans on a journey which saw the rogue meet his biological father. Kurt Russell brought Ego the Living Planet to life, and the character schmoozed up to Star-Lord after being estranged for years. Not long ago, new designs for Ego hit the Internet, and the concept art shows another Hollywood star taking on the role.
Over on Reddit (via MCU Exchange), fans found concept art of Matthew McConaughey as Ego the Living Planet. The low-quality photo may be hard to make out, but the image can be found in the photo gallery below.
Looking at the picture, fans can see that much of McConaughey's design for Ego differs from what Russell wore in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel. The characters both sport similar arm gauntlets, but that is about the end of the designs' overlaps. Russell's costume was more earthy than this new piece as the actor donned brown and tan tones. McConaughey was envisioned in an all-black costume, and its sleek fit screams villainous intent.
Yeah, so maybe it was a good thing the design got scrapped. That would have given a major hint at Ego and his ulterior motives a bit too early.
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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