Guardians of the Galaxy: Gamora's Original Designs Revealed

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While Gamora's design in the Marvel Cinematic Universe stuck more to her green-skinned look from the comics, new concept art has emerged indicating Zoe Saldana's character could have had a much different look in her Guardians of the Galaxy debut four years ago.

Veteran Marvel Studios concept artist Charlie Wen shared a few early designs for Gamora on Instagram, which deviate strongly from the simple look that Saldana rocked. The first couple of images paint her in a light similar to her sister, Nebula (Karen Gillan), not just in terms of her skin color, but also give her a more cyborg-like look.

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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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Wen also revealed a design with the character in black leather, and ironically looking similar to how we'd eventually end up seeing Tessa Thompson in last year's Thor: Ragnarok. Of course, these images are done without the likeness of Saldana, so clearly Wen took creative liberty in bringing Gamora to life facial-wise.

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The final design, oddly enough, looks like something out of James Cameron's Avatar franchise. If it's one thing Wen was consistent with, though, is the use of hoods and cloaks to ensure the character had that secret assassin vibe Marvel Studios wanted in shaping her as Thanos' 'offspring.'

Saldana's Gamora will next be seen in the untitled sequel to Avengers: Infinity War will release on May 3, 2019. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Marvel’s Avengers 4 stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.

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