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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is one of the most anticipated films of 2017, and fans are awaiting the return of Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Baby Groot with bated breath. The film is still months away, but Disney has wasted no time revving up their infamous marketing machine, and that means lots of Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise — the era of Baby Groot toys is upon us!

The benefit of Disney's aggressive marketing, is we get a better look at characters we haven't seen yet. Most recently, we got our first glimpse of the film's villain, Ayesha. This time, we got a clear preview of what Peter Quill's father will look like in the film. Thanks to Funko Pop, you can now feast your eyes on Ego The Living Planet.

First Look At Ego From GotG Vol. 2

This image comes courtesy of James Gunn's Instagram account, and gives us an unobstructed view of Ego The Living Planet's human form. He is sporting a fantastic beard, and wearing an outfit that looks like it was lifted from the pages of Frank Herbert's Dune (or Stargate SG-1).

Ego The Living Planet [Credit: Funko]
Ego The Living Planet [Credit: Funko]

The Funko vinyl collectibles spare no detail, and usually wind up being a great representation of what the characters will look like in the film, only way cuter. As cool as these Funkos are, most fans are more eager to see Ego in planet form; it's likely we'll have to wait until the movie's release for that reveal.

Ego The Living Planet 101

Ego The Living Planet [Credit: Marvel Comics]
Ego The Living Planet [Credit: Marvel Comics]

Ego was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966, and made his first appearance in Thor #132. In the Marvel mythos, Ego was the result of a scientist accidentally fusing with a planet during an experiment — later, it would be revealed that he was created by the Stranger.

Ego is a sentient planet, and extremely intelligent. Along with said intelligence comes a great deal of arrogance, as his name suggests. He has the ability to control his entire mass down to the molecular level, and to create humanoid vessels for his consciousness (which is where Kurt Russell comes in for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2). Ego also possesses a myriad of psionic abilities, that range from gigantic explosive blasts to telepathy. He is a force to be reckoned with, and has gone head to (planet-shaped) head with Thor and Galactus in the past.

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James Gunn On Ego The Living Planet In The MCU

When James Gunn announced that Ego the Living Planet was Star-Lord's father, there was a large amount of confusion about how that would actually come across on screen. Since the announcement, Gunn has spoken on several occasions about how he approached interpreting Ego, and his relationship to Peter Quill.

In an interview with USA Today, James Gunn spoke of the nature of Ego's and Quill's relationship in :

"It runs the gamut of emotions for him [Peter Quill], wanting to understand why his father wasn’t around to quickly idolizing him and ultimately learning the reality of the relationship and comparing the man who sired him to the man who raised him."

James Gunn also took to Facebook, and had this to say regarding the work put in by both Kurt Russell, and himself:

"I can’t wait for you guys to see Kurt Russell bring this character to life onscreen. It has been a rapturous experience creating Ego with him. We have both pushed ourselves as far as we can go in making him real, and grounded, and emotionally centered."

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [Credit: Marvel Studios]
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [Credit: Marvel Studios]

James Gunn has done an amazing job developing the world of Guardians of the Galaxy, which we've all come to love. His passion for this property, and the care he puts into the characters, are more than enough justification for us getting excited by this sequel. The addition of Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet is more than welcome, and we can't wait to see how it all comes together! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes to a universe new you on May 5, 2017.

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