One of the most highlighted action sequences of the movie, Infinity War was when Doctor Strange and Thanos go toe to toe. The master sorcerer from Earth dukes it out with the most powerful villain of the universe. Sparks fly and energies flow in all directions as Thanos’ Gauntlet clashes with the mystical forces spewing from Strange’s hands. Although Doctor Strange lost the fight in the end, it was still a spectacle and a sight to behold. There are new images on the internet that show that the much-touted Strange vs Thanos fight in Infinity War was supposed to be even more awesome than it already was in the movie. Presenting – Infinity War Concept Art reveals stunning new Doctor Strange vs Thanos images!!!
Anthony Francisco is the senior visual development artist at Marvel Studios and he has revealed a new perspective at the fight between the two juggernauts. The new fight, according to Francisco, was also to include the mirror dimension. But Thanos would have easily managed to break his way out of that realm and into the real one using the Infinity Gauntlet.
This is Francisco’s official Instagram post regarding the same:
Anthony Francisco reveals that the theatrical version was supposed to have numerous key frames from the concept art pieces but was cut at the last moment of production. He says and we quote:
“THANOS! Fighting Doctor Strange on Titan,” Francisco wrotet. “I helped with concepting some ideas for their battle. This was one of my suggestions. My description was … Thanos has 4 or 5 of the infinity stones, how would a battle with Dr Strange look like… and make sure it looks epic and something you haven’t seen before! Manipulating gas from a nearby star or pulling lava from the center of a planet was what I was trying out. I also transported comets and rocks from a nearby moon or planet to rain down on Strange (i will post that next) Keyframe moments like these are really fun to do, specially fulfilling when you can see how it helped in the final result in the film!”
Many do not know but Marvel has developed a way for their artists to develop their superheroes. The artists have to follow these set of rules when they set out into the drawing board to create concept artwork for the next venture.
If you want to learn more about how the artists at Marvel’s development team think and draw the superheroes you love and idolize, you should take a look at How to Paint Characters the Marvel Studios Way user guide book. The book has official descriptions by certified Marvel artists on how they go about drawing the heroes on the drawing board.
“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!”
Avengers: Endgame is set for release on the 6th of April this year. We guess you would have to wait for some more time to figure out whether the idea for this artwork found its way into Endgame’s theatrical cut.
The last Avengers movie to be released under the MCU banner was Avengers: Infinity War. The official film synopsis for the movie reads:
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.