Early concept art for Captain Marvel reveals a much more alien design for the hero's Kree pilot suit.
Posted by concept artist Aleksi Briclot on Instagram, the suit was intended to appear very alien so that Carol Danvers' very human face, when revealed, would surprise the audience. "Here I was trying to hide the human root of the character like it’s looking like an alien and then Tadaaaa," he explained. "It’s a human face! With Brie Larson feature!"
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Another early exploration for Vers (Carol Danvers) as an elite Kree pilot. For Captain Marvel the movie. When I’m doing concept proposals I’m usually trying some iterations close to what we know and we see before about the character but also offering some weirder/fresher/surprising versions. This is certainly one. Here I was trying to hide the human root of the character like it’s looking like an alien and then Tadaaaa! It’s a human face! With Brie Larson feature! Basically this approach is focusing on how to surprise the audience. To play with this and to create mystery. You know there is a lot in common between storytelling and magician tricks (think about Melies who was deeply interested in illusionism before doing cinema). - #digitalillustration #digitalpainting #kree #caroldanvers #characterdesign #marvel #marvelstudios #captainmarvel #captainmarvelmovie #mcu #marvelcinematicuniverse #pilot #spacesuit
This suit is darker, bulkier and more intentionally alien looking than the one appearing in the movie. There is little doubt that this wildly different design would have evoked the kind of surprise from the audience that Briclot wanted. The design that ultimately appeared in Captain Marvel never attempted to disguise Danvers' humanity, though the film did make it a point to highlight the conflict within her.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel is in theaters now and stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as the commander of Starforce, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez Soto as Att-Lass, McKenna Grace as a young Carol Danvers and Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence.