As mentioned by Jackson Sze, the final design from Constantine Sekeris that got the green light wasn’t as alien as the original Grandmaster from the comics. Revealed in the latter’s designs also on Instagram, the final version did have the prominent gold color that he was often seen wearing in the comics, but his blue skin was minimalized right down to the small goatee-like strip going down his chin. The adjustment was also from Taika Waititi doing his star a solid and avoiding him going through an experience he’d already had years before.
Speaking to IGN about the character in 2017, Waititi explained that the reason why the blue makeup wasn’t broken out was “Because he [Goldblum] did another movie where he was blue,” referring to the 1988 sci-fi flop that’s still worth checking out, “Earth Girls Are Easy,” and that switching to a more Smurf-like appearance might detract from the character. The decision paid off, and we thankfully got Goldblum in full form, throwing sass at the god of thunder and applying the Melt Stick on close relatives. We wouldn’t have him any other way.