The cosmic adventure continues in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 as the unconventional team unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Turns out Peter has massive astronomical daddy issues. In this action-packed film, Luma completed visual effects work for the end tag of the film where Sovereign leader Ayesha reveals the birthing cocoon holding Adam Warlock. Luma created a striking CG environment for this sequence, which included creating hundreds of animated humans inside blue and radiant gold pods. The crew also created Adam’s giant gold encrusted birthing cocoon revealed at the end of the sequence.


James Gunn


Marvel Studios



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Lighting the Chamber

Luma was responsible for lighting the bright reflective chamber to achieve the dramatic look necessary for the environment. The only light sources the crew had to work with were the large crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling in the center of the chamber and inset lighting along the floor. Luma added underlights to intensify the ambience and then did additional sculpting in comp to achieve the final look. The gold chamber and the extravagant crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling created reflective surfaces, which proved to be a great technical challenge for the team in their attempt to get clean renders. From splitting out different elements of the chamber and rendering separately with prerendered HDRIs to compositing tricks like frame blending and projects, “we used every trick in the book”, says Associate VFX Supervisor Jared Simeth.

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Adam Warlock’s Cocoon

Luma received a detailed 3D concept of Adam Warlock’s giant birthing pod, but it was up to Luma to bring this technological cocoon to life! “The concept was pretty far along, but there was still a lot of creative freedom in how we detailed it out and where we pushed the look dev on it. We added a bunch of cables hooking up to it and FX elements whirling around inside and around the head of the cocoon. We also lit the cocoon in a way that would give it a dramatic and mysterious feel,” says Jared.

He may have been your father, Quill, but he wasn’t your daddy.

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