James Gunn Claims Ego The Living Planet As “Biggest Visual Effect Of All Time”

And he’s not just talking about Kurt Russell being handsome.

We can all expect a bunch of great visual effects from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. We can pretty much expect that from any major comic book movie, though. It’s a given at this point.

But based on some brief quotes James Gunn gave to Empire, the visual representation of Ego the Living Planet (the planet itself, not the Kurt Russell version) will be something entirely next level:

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

I don’t know if I’ve seen a trillion polygons on screen or not, but I imagine it looks swell. Marvel already pushed things visually with last year’s trippy Doctor Strange sequences, and it sounds like they’re going for it again with this one, though Gunn could also be exaggerating a bit.

But what will Ego look like? We don’t yet know, but the Empire article claims he was inspired by the painting of Hall Tenny, whose work looks like this:

It’s not hard to see how this style could represent the innards of a living planet, though I’m sure Gunn will put his own special spin on it. And by that I do mean tons of blood and guts.

By the way, that Empire article also dropped a few new images from the film, which you can see below: