James Gunn promises 'biggest visual effect of all time' for Guardians Vol. 2

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Mar 22, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 may set a new record for a larger-than-life character. 

One of the weirdest beings in all of Marvel's canon is Ego the Living Planet, who will make his live-action screen debut in the Guardians' second theatrical adventure. An actual sentient, intelligent planetary body, the film version of Ego creates a human avatar of himself, played by Kurt Russell, and we discover that while in that form he fathered Peter "Star-Lord" Quill (Chris Pratt).

While we've already seen what Russell looks like in the movie, I'm especially excited to see how Ego's original form is visualized onscreen. And writer/director James Gunn is apparently just as excited to show it to us, because he told Empire that Ego will be a real showstopper:

"We have over a trillion polygons on Ego’s planet. It’s the biggest visual effect of all time. There’s nothing even close to it. Which is cool."

Polygons, usually triangular in shape, are the basic building blocks of 3D modeling in computer animation, so when you think about an effect consisting of over a trillion polygons, that's one gigantic and hugely detailed visual effect you're looking at, which I'd say is appropriate for a living planet.

Gunn revealed that Ego's look was inspired by the work of fractal artist Hal Tenny, who Gunn actually ended up hiring to work on the planet's design. Birth.Movies.Death posted a couple of images from Tenny's work, while Slashfilm noted similar designs on the costume worn by Kurt Russell:

Finally, Tenny himself shared an image from the movie's trailer that he said may have been based on his fractal design work as well as that of others. Could this be a very brief glimpse of Ego in his true form?

I'm guessing our first full look at Ego's original shape won't happen until we all sit down to watch the movie, but these little bits of info are certainly building the anticipation to see one of Marvel's most bizarre creations on the big screen. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens on May 5.