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Early Guardians of the Galaxy Concept Art Reveals Armored Star Lord

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Followers of artist Andy Park's social media often find themselves treated to "could have been" pieces of art, concepts and designs for the numerous Marvel Studios projects Park has worked on over the years. From "The Avengers" to "Doctor Strange," Park has helped define the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe as they made the leap from comics to film.

In addition to bringing some of the better-known denizens of the Marvel U to life, Park also helped shepherd those with less of a mainstream following, including the entire cast of "Guardians of the Galaxy." At the time Director James Gunn and company were gearing up to bring the now mega-popular crew of aliens to theaters, "GotG" was considered by many to be a major risk on Marvel's part, described by Park and being admittedly "strong at the time," but it was a risk that paid off, and then some. In addition to the currently in production sequel, the Guardians landed their own cartoon, saw their comic book profile rise, and have appeared on toys, clothing and more.

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"Way back in 2012 after the success of The Avengers we started working on a strange film called #GuardiansoftheGalaxy (it was strange at the time :))" Park explained in the first of four Instagram posts featuring a pair of early approaches to Chris Pratt's Star-Lord. "This was an early pass at Starlord- space pirate scavenger."

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