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Early Gamora Concept Art Was Very Different

 

Charlie Wen Posted Early Gamora Concept On Instagram

 

By now, Marvel fans are familiar with Gamora’s green look Zoe Saldana sported in Guardians of the Galaxy back in 2014. However, Charlie Wen showed us some throwback images to early concept art for the character. Let me say, she could have turned out very differently. 

The Look

I personally loved Gamora’s look from the film, but the concept art Wen put up is really cool too. In these works, Gamora looked more like a cyborg and more closely resembled her sister Nebula (portrayed by Karen Gillan). However, the studio decided to go with the simpler design because the intricacy of the original was just too complex. “This was a design Kevin Feige was very interested in for Gamora,” Wen told Looper. “But it was ultimately more difficult to pull off the intricate tech on her face than it was worth.

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Super early #guardiansofthegalaxy Gamora concept I created posted by Looper first đŸ˜± More images on their link! #Repost @looperhq with @get_repost ・・・ This is what Gamora almost looked liked in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies! We spoke with @imcharliewen (Marvel Studios x-Head of Visual Development and co-Creator of KRATOS from God of War) to discuss how he created Gamora. Wen told us, "This was a design that Kevin Feige was very interested in for Gamora. But it was ultimately more difficult to pull off the intricate tech on her face than it was worth." Hit the link in our bio to view more of these exciting Gamora images, including never-before-seen concept art! __________________________________________ #Gamora #ConceptArt #MarvelConceptArt #guardiansofthegalaxy #guardiansofthegalaxyvol2 #zoesaldana #GamoraConceptArt #Guardiansofthegalaxyconceptart #thanos #MarvelStudios #MarvelComics #MarvelArt #Comicbooks #Disney #Infinitywar #Avengers #avengers4 #AvengersInfinityWar #thanos #marvelcinematicuniverse #TheMCU

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What Charlie Wen Said

In his captions, Wen explained the ideas further and what they wanted to accomplish. “In some of these early concepts of Gamora, like Rocket, my responsibility was to create a new design realm for the MCU through designing the characters and key moments,” Wen wrote on Instagram. “So a lot of my focus was primarily on setting the tone and feel for the Guardians series.” He also explained the need for the saturated colors because he and James Gunn wanted a “colorful space epic.”

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What GAMORA from Marvel’s #guardiansofthegalaxy ALMOST looked like (part 2) I played with a modified cloak design mixed with compartmentalized leggings held by simple practical banding. This was to give the feel of an assassin with a mix of the practical and the flashy. In some of these early concepts of Gamora, like Rocket, my responsibility was to create a new design realm for the MCU through designing the characters and key moments, so a lot of my focus was primarily on setting tone and feel for the Guardians series. I ramped up the saturation of colors quite a bit for this film. James (Gunn) and I had been talking about having a colorful space epic. In the beginning, he was very interested in Chris Foss’ space paintings. I reached out to Mr. Foss to see if he would be interested in doing some ship work for us. His colorful ship designs had an enormous impact on the bold colorful graphics on GOTG ships. It may not be apparent, but his work influences the original Star Wars films decades ago. Check out his influential work online! * * * * * * ________________________________________ #Gamora #ConceptArt #MarvelConceptArt #guardiansofthegalaxy #guardiansofthegalaxyvol2 #zoesaldana #GamoraConceptArt #Guardiansofthegalaxyconceptart #thanos #MarvelStudios #MarvelComics #MarvelArt #Comicbooks #Disney #Infinitywar #Avengers #avengers4 #picoftheday #AvengersInfinityWar #thanos #marvelcinematicuniverse #TheMCU

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The Process

Wen also posted about the process of creating the images, and that he didn’t necessarily include specific scenes from the film, but drew out moments of character. “In early stages, it can be more helpful to a project to hone in on the tone and feel of a project rather than on specifics of design,” he wrote in another caption. “These were to serve as inspiration images and help propel my conversations with the producers and directors.”

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What GAMORA from Marvel’s #guardiansofthegalaxy almost looked liked (part 5) * #bts – how much did Thanos manipulate his daughter to make her a more powerful ally? Based on this question, this is another image I painted to guide the look and feel for the Marvel’s Visual Development team on GOTG. @andyparkart did the awesome look we used for her in the film:)! * * * ________________________________________ #Gamora #earlystages #inspirational #picoftheday #marvel #conversation #ConceptArt #MarvelConceptArt #guardiansofthegalaxy #zoesaldana #GamoraConceptArt #rocketraccoon #Guardiansofthegalaxyconceptart #thanos #MarvelStudios #MarvelComics #MarvelArt #Comicbooks #Disney #Infinitywar #Avengers #avengers4 #AvengersInfinityWar #thanos #marvelcinematicuniverse #themcu #leaddesigner

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I think these images are stunning and would have looked great on camera. But ultimately, I love how Gamora’s look ended up. Either way, we can all agree she’s awesome and Zoe Saldana would kill every scene no matter how she looked. 

 


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