Early 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Concept Art Shows Alternate Star-Lord
Andy Park, the visual supervisor and concept artist at Marvel Studios, periodically posts some of his initial designs. Guardians of the Galaxy was an "amazing time" from a creative standpoint, as he explains on his Instagram, since it was the first distinctly non-Avengers film Marvel Studios was putting together. The first round of designs were built from the idea that the film would be Marvel's version of Star Wars, which may not mean much since Disney owns both Marvel and Star Wars but whatever.
The film ended up being completely unique regardless, with the language and the mixtapes separating it from more traditional Star Wars space operas. But they still clearly had a significant influence on the final product; here Park's original concept art for Star-Lord, saying in another post that the theme here was "space pirate scavenger":
It's an interesting starting point - there's less reds and it's busier, but the duster and the mask still make it unmistakably Peter Quill. It's even got a bit of the Chris Pratt swagger, regardless of whether he'd been cast by that point. It's a bit more in line with his comic book design as well, not to say the brighter/cleaner final appearance doesn't translate better to the big screen.
Park works on most of the MCU films right now, and at some point we'll hopefully see his current work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (although we haven't even seen the final versions yet). Here's some other artwork he's shown off lately, including a more heavily spacesuited Nova Corps officer and a sleek looking Doctor Strange:
Here's the full image of an early concept design illustration I did for #DoctorStrange These were fun to explore! And no, I didn't use any actor for either of these Dr. Strange paintings. I went for "generic male." Any likeness on either of these is unintentional :) #magic #costume #conceptart #design #illustration #comicbook #film #painting #instagood #instaart #marvel #marvelstudios
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes out May 5, 2017.