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ego and kurt

Kurt Russell seems to be on our radar quite a bite lately, whether it’s starring in The Hateful Eight, having comics written about old characters of his, or joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Star-Lord’s father, the man is coming back to the public eye in a big way. Speaking of being Star-Lord’s father in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, it was recently confirmed the actor would be Ego the Living Planet, which came as a surprise to many fans. Now we get to see just a bit of what will be on the screen later next year. 

Ego first appeared in Thor comics, issue number 132 in September of 1966. Created by comics legend Jack Kirby, Ego was part of a point in Kirby’s career where he had become fascinated with ‘space’ as a concept. Ego was made around the same time as characters like Galactus, the Kree, and the Colonizers. Speaking on Ego in the Nostalgia Journal in 1969 (known then as The Comics Journal), Kirby said:

“I began to experiment …and that’s how Ego came about. … A planet that was alive; a planet that was intelligent. That was nothing new either because there had been other stories [about] live planets but that’s not acceptable. … [Y]ou would say, ‘Yeah, that’s wild,’ but how do you relate to it? Why is it alive? So I felt somewhere out in the universe, the universe … becomes denser and turns liquid — and that in this liquid, there was a giant multiple virus, and if [it] remained isolated for millions and millions of years, it would … begin to evolve by itself and it would begin to think. By the time we reached it, it might be quite superior to us — and that was Ego.”

Now, being that we have a look at his costume, James Gunn’s (director of the film) take on the character looks to be quite different—for one, while Ego may be a planet, he designed a human body for himself (or at least, according to the descriptions of the panel footage). Taking to Twitter and Instagram once again, Ryan Penagos (who first revealed the Hulk Armor yesterday) has now given us a sneak peak at Ego’s costume in the new Guardians film (which, again, seems to fit a normal, human sized man).

Just revealed: The Ego costume, played by Kurt Russell in @Guardians! #gotgvol2 #MarvelSDCC

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Another part of the panel had the Ravagers (aka Yondu’s pirate crew, of which Star-Lord is a former member) come out in full costume and regalia. Among them was Chris Sullivan, who is playing Taserface. In the comics, Taserface is a minor villain for the original Guardians of the Galaxy (aka, not Quill and co). Sullivan seems to be quite happy with his new role, as he reveled in his costume and gave himself quite a few photo ops to share with on Twitter, giving fans without access to SDCC a nice look at his horrendously awesome visage.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is due next year on May 5. The story will continue the adventures of Star-Lord and his compatriots Gamorra, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot. If you would like to keep track of all GOTG news and related media, stick with us here at nerdbastards.com, or find us on Facebook.

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