Avengers Concept Art:
The Avengers is surely the best Superhero team-up movie as it completely changed the entire movie making industry. It was the movie that really began this Superhero hype which is ever growing now! The movie was a complete package and people totally loved every aspect of it. From the heroes to the villains to even the side characters everyone was just awesome. Amongst the villains, Loki shined as MCU’s best villain back then, and the terrifying Chitauri came in to set up the trend of a generic expendable army that the Superheroes could crush in a team-up movie.
This film was very innovative and way advanced than what other Superhero movies were back then. The reason why it became a thing of beauty was because it was actually a dream come true for every child, teenager, and even adults. Seeing your favourite Superheroes Assemble (or at least the ones which Marvel had rights to) was surely what everyone wanted to see for a long while, and Marvel cashed right into that! Kevin Feige’s long drawn plan finally got direction with 2008’s Iron Man, and from there on, he built a big arsenal of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Infinity War may arguably be the best Avengers movie out of the 3, but you have to give the main credit to the first Avengers film because it started all the hype. It made a big blow in the faces of everyone who thought that a team up Superhero movie put up in a shared Universe could never work (take that Sony, Fox and WB).
Until Phase 2, Marvel did not have many big villains that they could have named iconic, as there were just Loki, Red Skull and probably Iron Monger. Ultron was a villain that half of the people liked, while half of them were midway into liking or hating it. But other than Loki, it would be safe to say that Thanos’ evil army, the Chitauri was totally frightening and what felt even dangerous was the Chitauri troop carrier, the Levaiathan. That massive structure is what brought the party to the Avengers (“I don’t see how that’s a party”).
As it turns out, these giant Chitauri ships could have looked quite different than what they did in the film that we saw at the theatres. Other than the Leviathans, the Chitauri actually had a different design for the jumbo carrier ships that they were going to use as transports. Marvel Studios artist Charlie Wen has now revealed unused concept arts which showed a pretty different look for the Chitauri ships. Here’s what he wrote on his Facebook Post:
“Initial Avengers brainstorm sketch for Chitauri Jumbo carriers: these were gigantic flying serpent-like creatures that carried Thanos’ troops into battle against the Avengers. This particular sketch was a bit low-tech for what we eventually needed, but I still enjoy having the pilot driving the behemoth;). All the ‘pods’ you see underneath the creature are Chitauri that would have dive-bombed onto their target.”
Take a look:
Initial Avengers brainstorm sketch for Chitauri Jumbo carriers: these were gigantic flying serpent-like creatures that…
The designer also took it to Instagram a few days ago in order to reveal Loki’s casual costume in Marvel’s The Avengers. He wrote:
“Loki casualwear design used in Avengers: I designed both of Loki’s costumes in Avengers to fit more into the superhero vibe that Joss (Whedon) was aiming for in this film—while retaining what I felt was pertinent to keep from my original design of him (in Thor). I’ll share his armor design for the film next.”
There is a book that actually teaches you how to paint like these artists at Marvel Studios. It is called – “How to Paint Characters the Marvel Studios Way.” Here’s a description about the book given by Marvel:
“Within the stunning pages of this keepsake book, readers will learn these artists’ favorite tools of the trade, their tips for visual character development, their process of collaborating with filmmakers and other artists on the team, and the costume and props departments—and how it all comes together to create seamless film designs! Each five-ten page ‘character study’ will take readers on a step-by-step journey through the artist’s approach to bringing a specific hero or villain to life. Not only will readers get a sense of how each artist works, from their tools to their process, they’ll also get to see how a character’s design was created—from blank page to a final approval!”